What are your plans for having some fun in the new year? We all make resolutions for self-improvement — lose weight, get more exercise, clean out our closets, stick to our budgets — the list goes on and on, but up until this point horse ownership probably hasn’t made the cut. But think about it: why not make “have more fun” your new year’s resolution? (You’re probably not going to clean out those closets anyway.) Deciding to set aside a little money to invest in a new hobby can bring a great payback in terms of making new friends, having new adventures and developing relationships that will last a lifetime.
Why not invest in a harness racehorse? It’s a unique, fun and interactive hobby your whole family can get excited about. Let’s take a look at some of the high points:
Relationships with fellow owners
Horse ownership can be richly rewarding. You’ll not only feel a part of something larger than yourself, but you’ll also join a welcoming and supportive community of horse owners and trainers who will be eager to show you the ropes. Once you’ve invested in a horse, you can join your local horse owners’ association, and enjoy the benefits of membership. You’ll also find kindred spirits who share your passion and devotion to horses.
The thrill of the track
If you’ve always enjoyed going to the track and rooting for your favorite horse, imagine the thrill you’ll feel when you’re standing in the winner’s circle with your fellow owners after your horse wins, places or shows.
In addition to spending some quality time with your new community of horse owner friends, you can also let the whole family take a sense of ownership in your new horse. Regular trips to the track can result in more outdoor activity and more device-free family time. You can also divide up the duties related to your share of ownership with the family to help teach the kids responsibility.
Relationship with the horse
And last, but not least, you’ll develop a wonderful relationship with an amazing animal. Studies have shown that interaction with animals can result in a decrease in blood pressure and stress hormones.
If you think you might be ready to invest in fun for the new year, visit your local harness racehorse owners’ association for more information. And, if you’re a horse owner already, and would like to share your stories of the joys of horse ownership, send us an email! We might just feature you in an upcoming post!
The Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) supports the Standardbred Horse Racing Industry and all of its affiliated horsemen and women. ISA continually strives to meet the needs and wishes of harness racehorse owners in Indiana, and create a strong network to support owners.