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Horses AFTER WORK

MOST EQUESTRIANS MUST BALANCE A JOB AND HORSES. HERE ARE SOME WAYS RIDERS HAVE FOUND TO JUGGLE IT ALL.
SHELLEY PAULSON

None of the owners who keep their horses at the Gemini Performance Horse boarding barn are wealthy. Most earn average incomes working at full-time jobs to meet the monthly costs of their own housing, utilities and other routine household expenses. They also work hard to have enough disposable income left over to finance their horse-related expenses.

In an industry traditionally associated with the wealthy, horsekeeping has become dominated by average owners who want their horses to be well-fed, well-trained and responsibly looked after. And they are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to afford it.

Among them is Debbie Conklin, who works full-time at a bank to finance her horse-related expenses. According to Conklin, it’s her job that allows her to own, ride and take part in shows with her Quarter Horse, Photons SmartNSassy, known around the barn as Ellie. It also means that she has to manage both her time—and her money—well.

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