It always amazes me about the frugality of horse riders. I too have fallen victim to cheaping out on personal items such as shoes, clothes, and more or less deny expensive hair salons and spa days and expensive high end furniture, so my horse and I can wear the brand name items around the barn. My family looks upon me like I am crazy, but why do I do it? Put into perspective, I spend most of my free time around horses, so I wear my barn clothes more than my regular clothes, I am in the saddle more than my furniture, and using the wheelbarrow more than my car! Like more horsenuts out there, the horse always comes first! Put more realistically for those of us on a budget, we have a trade off. If we buy less expensive items for ourselves, we can afford better care for our horses, better saddles and better riding clothes for the days spent in the saddle. It is the price of the opportunity cost and the horse always wins!