My fascination with equestrian sport was born with me, grew along with me, and will definitely die with me. It is thus a rather strange mix of elation as well as disappointment that fills me as I write this article. I am undergoing some enforced idleness, because my prize pedigreed Friesian mare is temporarily out of action. This glorious horse is pregnant – something that came about after considerable effort, since three years of continuous earlier effort could not get her to conceive. She is eight now and carrying her first foal.
Somehow, insemination involving some registered, gorgeous Friesian stallions simply did not work with her. When she finally conceived, it was with an unregistered but pure-bred stud who seemed to have a way with mares. Be that as it may, she is finally in foal.
For a couple of years, I had been feeling the pinch as all of the vet and other bills piled up while I tried to get this mare to conceive. At some point in that arduous process, I woke up to the fact that I was in for a serious financial beating. It seemed obvious that I had to find some way of making a bit of extra money.
I consulted the internet, and was baffled by the endless opportunities that presented themselves. It seemed there were a million ways to make money quickly. All the methods described showed great scope on initial inspection. Promises to make me richer than Bill Gates in a year or two abounded. Since I could not afford any paid make money courses, I was ironically protected from getting ripped off. I learned some of the realities of life the hard way.
I was informed that funding a mare and foal can be a very expensive business indeed (as if I needed to be told that). I also found that: there is no quick fix that works. You need to work just as hard online as you need to do off line to earn money. The net is crammed with too much information and it is a nightmare to determine where you are going to start. You need to do tons of sifting to fine some nuggets of gold.
All the become-an-instant-millionaire schemes were just so much bilge.
The net did crystallize something that had been at the back of my mind for a long time, without my paying it any particular attention: passion makes the difference. If you are passionate about what you do, you are bound to achieve success.
Most horse enthusiasts I know are crazy about their horses, about equestrian sports and about helping others with similar (horse-related) interests. All my research on the net had elicited the marketing wisdom that you make money when you over deliver to customers. I found that fair enough, because I was sure I could over-deliver to horse nuts.