About a month ago, my husband and I saw an estate in Ireland advertised for sale in Architectural Digest. It was incredible. Huge. Beautiful. Secluded. Acreage. Everything we would like to have. The price tag' $72 million. But, we can dream, right'
Clearly, some folks have a lot of cash, but it's not most of us?many of us struggle to make ends meet, while others are still worrying about job security. Savings accounts and sensible, informed spending have never been more important.
So, when I saw some of the prices of pants we collected for our informal riding pants field trial, I was stunned. People are paying this for daily riding wear'
Are those pricey britches nice' Yes, say our testers. Beautiful! Would you like them' Yes! Would you buy them' Ummmm . . .
I put a quick note out on our Facebook page and immediately got back over a dozen responses saying no way! Not for everyday gear that may get torn, stained or otherwise destroyed, they said. Clearly, most Horse Journal readers aren?t living in $72 million mansions, and they're as careful with their money as I am. that's a good thing.
The next article to put on the pages was the joint nutraceuticals piece that starts on page 6. Again, the prices of the products made me gulp a bit, but tHere's a world of difference between splurging on a pair of everyday riding pants and spending extra money to ensure your horse is comfortable when you ride.
I'm delighted with this article?s presentation. Taken from a real-world perspective, it clearly states what I need to give my horse and how much of it. (Just the facts, ma?am.)
I found the logical, step-by-step progress of how to move up the intensity scale with joint nutraceutical ingredients makes the decision-making process so much simpler.
If your product is working, stay with it. However, if you like the product you're now feeding, but want a little more power, Dr. Grant Miller tells us to focus on HA and MSM. He even gives us sources to add just those ingredients. My mare?s arthritis has been much less active since I added HA to her ?potion.?
I do wish manufacturers would get the message and stop pouring unnecessary ingredients into their recipes that just drive up our costs. When you're looking at a cost of $3 or more a day to feed your horse a supplement, well, it's got to give you pause.
After a great deal of searching and thought, we found a number of brands that focus on what we believe are the required levels needed for horses who are beyond the basic ground level we discussed in January. I'd much rather pay a bit more for a product that I know is going to work than reach for the inexpensive bargain brand that makes no difference whatsoever. it's just smart spending.