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.