Ah, the innocent words we all hear. Today it was idle chit chat with the cashier. It's a gorgeous day here, going to be 12C, so I mentioned that I was going to take my horse out for a meander. Oh I love horses is the usual response. Me too, of course, I have two... and then the phrase...
I admit, I am lucky, I love my little kids, and I have sufficient health and wealth (okay, not much of either), to allow me to have my horses. But I don't know one horse person that doesn't sacrifice SOMETHING to have their horses. Whether it's the starving student working two jobs to keep her best friend in a $100 a month field, or it's a professional making 6 figures who sacrifices holidays for horse shows.
Usually we don't buy new cars every x years, or go on all that many vacations to Hawaii, and we squeeze riding time in around a full time job, maybe several, or we have a smaller house so we can afford board for our kids, or we get up at 6am in -30C weather to go feed our little charges and muck out their beds.
Yes we're lucky, but we make our own luck!