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  • #41
    No, the economic problems aren't 'local'. The entire country is having problems in specific areas - regional banks, housing, construction and related businesses.

    But....Every time the dollar goes down, any company that exports winds up making out like a bandit. Some local companies are going absolutely crazy trying to keep up with orders.

    Companies that make power plants, Gas and Oil companies, and many other companies are having record years and profiting incredible amounts of money. Absolutely incredible amounts.

    And yes, there's a housing problem, and house values have dropped.

    But consider this. I may not have the numbers exactly right, but close:

    In the poor city neighborhood of Ohio City, house values have dropped 75% in the past year.

    In the wealthy suburb of Mooreland Hills, house values have increased 28% in the past year.

    As always, some areas are affected much more than others and the picture is very complicated, not simple, as portrayed in the media.


    • #42
      OMG! What haven't I bought?


      Quillin's Halter w/ name plate
      3--count 'em 3--sheets
      fly mask
      2 schooling pads
      1 Beval fleece half pad
      assorted brushes
      new hunt coat
      4 new show shirts
      3 pair--no, 4 pair of Pikeur breeches (2 show, 2 schooling)
      tack trunk

      and, oh, yes, my new jumper so I can wear all this new stuff in the show ring!

      So, yeah, I've been spending.


      • #43
        I keep trying to convince my husband that now is the time to buy me a truck so I can haul my beasties. I have a trailer at the barn that I can use but nothing to haul it with I am not spending a ton on my horses right now but I do help Dover's bottom line with all the treat purchases

        We are doing our fair share of spending though. We have decided that we are staying in our current home so the remodeling bug has bitten. We are painting the kitchen this coming week and this weekend we will be shopping for some new countertops


        • #44
          Spending, well if you count spending to fix what you already have...

          1,500 on paint job for dually. Did the body work ourselves.

          1,000 on paint job for trailer. Same with the body work.

          Would love to see your new rig and be a little jealous.


          • #45
            Originally posted by Ibex View Post
            I'm pony shopping!!!!

            The SOLE purpose is to support the local economy (coach, vet, farrier, hay guy, show management, insurance... yeah, right...)
            I AM supporting the local economy, as I've successfully horse-shopped and am handing over the cash tomorrow.

            Horse stays on training board for 6 weeks, of course doesn't fit into any blankets I own, and probably needs other gear.

            Oh, guess this means I need to get the horse van serviced and licensed, too. Hello, mechanic, need a boat payment?
            ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


            • #46
              Many (if not most) pundits, economists and policymakers seem to think the U.S. is in a recession. And if polls are to be believed, so do the American people. Funny, the data just don't show it...

              ...Don't get us wrong, the current gloom is not without reason. But it's just that: gloom, not reality. Fact is, we're still in an expansion, albeit a weak one...
              What Recession?
              The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
              Winston Churchill


              • #47
                Well, let's see, how about 120 baled shavings @ $6.00/bale.

                And then 50 cedar fence posts @ $14/post for replacement as some of my 3 rail posts die. First quote was for pressure-treated @ $41/post. I told the guy where they would fit!

                God only knows what hay will run this year and we generally have wonderful, reasonably priced hay...

                Then there's the new Dyson Ball Animal Vacuum (fantastic btw)

                On the agenda before 2/09 will be 2 new digital TV's. Yes, I did get a converter box for one of the old analog TV's and the pic was TERRIFIC BUT when I went to tape a show with my VCR, it only taped in black, white and grey and was so blurred it was impossible to watch. I'm glad I only got one converter box. The other coupon will probably get tossed. I could get cable in but don't want it UNTIL I can chose the stations I want and not have to get 200 stations that I don't want to pay for and won't watch. I figure I can take one of the old analog TV's and the converter box and put it in the spare bedroom but since I have 2 TV's with VCR's and I often tape 2 shows at the same time/different channels I need 2 new digital TV's. Fortunately I do not have to have a 60" screen!

                The shavings and fence posts keep this post horse oriented.

                I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                • #48
                  Yep. Spent the stimulus check on a down payment on a Adam trailer! I loff it!!! Gonna have to keep spending - my eyes were bigger than my vehicle. Either a new truck or the weight bars. Either way someone's going to make some money on me!

                  Oh yeah - have a Thinline Contour pad out on demo and will very likely not be able to not own one!


                  • #49
                    Good things those stimulus checks. Also great to see many people seem to be getting good deals on horses! Too bad board isn't going down.
                    Karma and Drifter girl


                    • #50
                      No stimulus check for me, my parents still claim me. But I have been spending. Burgundy TS, Ariat Devon Pro Paddock boots, those black grippy pads for stirrups, a Blackberry Curve which I LOVE , $200 for a textbook for my summer class. Yea I am very broke this week....
                      Oh and I need to buy a new car
                      ~ Unexpected ~


                      • #51
                        I"m feeding and caring for 7 all of a sudden. I can't say no and that will get me in big trouble one of these days! I have a contact for cheap priced hay and bulk shavings so at least my overall expenses are cut in those two areas. Now vet bills and grain are completely different----can't get a break with either of those.

                        At least mine are at home, no boarding expenses. Horses are going to be a true luxury item before long if things don't change!! Scares me~

                        Diesel just hit $5 a gal here in N IL (my area outside of Chicago). My truck dosen't move unless absolutly necessary anymore. I miss my truck!!!


                        • #52
                          So where is all this money coming from? Am I the only one feeling a PINCH here? With the price of hay and gasoline and medication all going up and a retirement income which doesn't ...


                          • #53
                            I am looking for a new truck. I figure right now is a good time to buy and I really need one.
                            I bought a new horse in January, and while I originally thought I was going to horse show less this summer I had such a great time at Spring High Prairie, that I entered 3 more weeks worth of showing. I mean like my husband says "you have the horse for it, you should go".
                            "Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."



                            • #54
                              Originally posted by SouthwestRerider View Post
                              So where is all this money coming from? Am I the only one feeling a PINCH here? With the price of hay and gasoline and medication all going up and a retirement income which doesn't ...
                              Oh no, I feel the pinch as well. I'm only a waitress working through school and our season ended much earlier this year than ever before. Most of our clientele are on a retirement income as well and aren't as willing to spend money. All this talk of rising prices, recessions, even depression have scared many of them. My hours have been cut back and I make less and less each night. I have always understood that summertime meant less money and planned accordingly, but I wasn't expecting this and may not have prepared as well for it as I thought. Nothing but the necessities for my horse and I.

                              I have NO idea how I am going to be able to afford my tutition and books for next semester, as our "season" at work will still be in the gutter (starts getting busy again in October, school starts late August!).

                              Now I'm just crossing my fingers that things don't get too outrageous and that poni and I (and boyfriend too, since we're all three one big family, lol) don't get sick or injured until the money rolls back in in October. I already got a terrible skin infection and had to sell my english saddle to pay the medical bills. I can't sell my western now, or I'll be left riding bareback!

                              So, you're not the only one feeling that nasty pinch.

                              I do wake up every morning more than happy with what I have; a decent job, a man that will sacrifice everything for me, and a fantastic horse that is happy, healthy, and will never know what an economic depression is.

                              To the OP:

                              AWESOME! I so happy for you. New horse trailers are better than a new car, in my book. I can't wait until I graduate. A horse trailer is the first thing on my list (tied with a nice house on 10 acres, lol). I don't know how much longer my nasty old Hoop bumper pull will last, but it had better stick it out until then!

                              I expect to see pictures once you get the chance


                              • #55
                                Builsing a new house and stables - despite my other ecomony savers such as food swaps with neighbours for work. The cash-less ecomony is running well down here.


                                • #56

                                  Quote: Originally Posted by pines4equines

                                  I'm an equine manufacturer...everyone please spend!!! Go to your local tack store and buy something this weekend!

                                  Laurierace replied: Wouldn't that technically make you a broodmare?

                                  Arh, arh, arh!!!! All the way to the barn!!!! You go girl, excellent reply!
                                  Sorry! But that barn smell is my aromatherapy!
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                                  • #57
                                    I am just really shocked that people are glorying for in how much money they have to spend. Has anyone looked at the people on the "other side", those who cut back on the food in their houses because gas prices have risen through the stratosphere. That is what makes this situation so frightening, it is real and we are in an economic depression. Just because some greedy hogs who made money in the IT business, or maybe are still living high on the hog from the real estate speculative business could not care less how the majority of Americans are struggling, does not mean that their reality is THE reality.

                                    We do not even build merchant ships in this country anymore, railroads are antiquated, we need $250 billion dollars per year (according to the American Society for Civil Engineers) to just make the bridges in the US safe again, no new just make those safe to drive your big dually trucks, with your big trailer with horsies aboard safe.

                                    I realize this is not so called good news but for the most part people do not have the margin to even meet the mortgage payments per month. Ever look at the foreclosure figures? I mean the real ones, not the ones designed for the "masses" so they don't get panicked and demand a real economic change.

                                    I really hope that those who can make a real difference in this country stop trying to shield their eyes because it is not what you want to hear. This is an election year, time to hear for whom the bell tolls.
                                    "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by acoustic View Post
                                      To the OP:

                                      AWESOME! I so happy for you. New horse trailers are better than a new car, in my book. I can't wait until I graduate. A horse trailer is the first thing on my list (tied with a nice house on 10 acres, lol). I don't know how much longer my nasty old Hoop bumper pull will last, but it had better stick it out until then!

                                      I expect to see pictures once you get the chance
                                      Gracias! I'm really excited! Was telling my pony today all about his new digs. Not sure he cared.
                                      Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by matryoshka View Post
                                        Glad to see somebody is bold enough to post about living with the economy.
                                        Amwrider: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their genitalia and may their arms be too short to scratch.


                                        • #60
                                          I have a brother in the preowned auto wholesale business- they have loads of luxury SUVs no one wants because of gas prices. So next weekend I'm trading in my truck for a Escalade. Pulls just as much weight, with more stability, and since I run a business on the same property I live it's worth it to pay a little more for gas- but save thousands on the purchase price because demand is so down.
                                          my horse trailer was stolen from kentucky horse park. Seen it?