An interview with Westphalian Dreamer

Jordan Even, also known as Westphalian Dreamer on Instagram, totally gets that the equestrian life demands a lot of expenses, and it can be hard to keep up with it all! I asked her about how she manages her finances, tips on saving, and the best products to use for an affordable price. Here is what she had to say. 🙂

How do you juggle the finances of owning and caring for three horses?

 Its all about priorities and budgeting. I budget each month out in advance to see what I need to pay for as far as bills go personally and horse related bills. I find knowing what you need to pay is really important when it comes to being able to juggle the expenses of three horses. 

What is your best dollar/convenient store hack for equestrians?

The dollar store is great for places like Epson salt or spray bottles! Since its only $1 I tend to stock up on small items like that for the barn.

Where do you purchase the majority of your equine supplies?

 I get the majority of my stuff from Smartpak and Stateline Tack. I try to shop the sales if I can from any store or online store!

In your opinion, which clothing line has the best deals for the quality of their products?

I love the Smartpak Piper breeches. They’re great quality for the price. Greenhawk Elation breeches are also amazing and a fraction of the cost of competitors.

Do you ever buy used tack, clothing, etc.?

Yes! I will gladly buy used tack or clothing if I see something in good condition and its what I need! There is no shame in buying used! Remember you will use it some more!

Have you ever been a working student?

I have never been a working student as I am not interested in training. I think it’d be a great opportunity for someone looking to get into the industry.

Did you lease before you bought your first horse?

I did! I free leased a horse for two years and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. It got me ready to buy my own!

How would you respond to negative comments about having lower end equestrian gear?

I would not necessarily call it lower end, not everyone can buy $400 breeches, I know I sure as heck can’t! I find that you must be grateful and enjoy what you have and can afford, many other people would kill to be in your shoes. I feel we focus too much on labels and not enough on just being grateful.

(Agreed!)

What budgeting advice would you give to new equestrians?
Stick to the budget…that’s the most important thing. It is better to underspend than overspend…so don’t live outside your means.

Thank you Jordan for taking the time to share with us!
Happy Budgeting!
-Hannah + Z

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