I sat down and added how much time I worked with Brass the month of March. Holy cow! I rode him 197 miles and have around 55 hours just from March!
That's more time than I spend on my second job, driving bus for Adrian. However in monetary amounts, this third job doesn't pay as much as the other two! However if I were to consider pay in satisfaction, spiritual connections, fun, health (as long as I don't fall off tee hee) then the pay is pretty darn good.
The Big Brass is one time consuming guy with training, ground work and conditioning for rides. This doesn't count feeding, brushing, hoof care, etc. Yup horses and the lifestyle I love is a commitment not a hobby. But I wouldn't trade it for anything else.