|Blowing the horn? Taking a swig from an imaginary flask? Who knows.|
Hacking jacket--$50 on Fox Hunting Animals and Articles for Sale. Had to get it altered to fit, so final cost was $80.
White ratcatcher shirt--$10, used at the local tack shop
White stock tie--$40 at the local tack shop (yes, this was before I knew better)
Patterned stock tie--$7 from Sheilagh Barndollar on Fox Hunting Animals and Articles for Sale
Black melton--$270 new at Middleburg Tack Exchange (but reeeeallly it was a gift from Byron so...free? Yeah I'm just deluding myself there.)
Canary vest--$50 on sale at local tack shop
"Nice" (ie. not yet stained) breeches--$20
Brown boots--$100 used, plus $150 to have the uppers taken in. Yeah...spent way too much for super-old boots but I really enjoy them.
Saddle and 3 white fitted pads--$300 (saddle is an Ainsley Bartlett, bought from a friend, who threw in a bunch of saddle pads for free)
Polly-$300/month for four months= $1200
Willie-$200 for a month (never did get a picture of him--he was a bay TB with no markings and sort of a smallish Quarter Horse-y build)
Lessons: I can't believe it, but I have taken almost no lessons this year. I'm not sure of the exact number but the total is definitely under $100 for all lessons in 2014.
Hunt clinic: $40
6-cap package: $475
Frugal Foxhunter...as if! Though I guess most horse owners in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area spend at least $600 (a conservative estimate) on board and farrier fees each month. So...it's as if I just half-leased a horse at $300/month for a year, which would bring me to $3,600 before any lessons or clinics or other extras. Actually, it's like I saved money. Right?
Anyway, hopefully this breakdown of cost will help someone figure out what it takes to get your butt on a horse in the hunt field (and remember, this is the CHEAP way!).
I'm going to go throw up now. Why is this my hobby?