Since it's Halloween
I'll be the devil side of your thoughts!
Be aware that riding by yourself, is never a good idea; (and not fun after awhile) no matter what kind of rider you are, most accidents happen on the ground. Jumping with no one around ?
Owning and taking care of 9 acres will difiantly cut into your riding time. Mowing, weed eating, repair, feeding, turnout, ice breaking, blankets, stall cleaning, (before
& after work). Also the fact that you now have to hire someone to take care of your horse, (or board) anytime you travel.
Dogs & Cats are easy... Horses are suicidal by nature. Coming home after work in the dark, to find your horse has been trapped in a fence, colicing, or gone.. happens.
Get estimates on all of this cross fencing, arena, barn building you are planning on, as well as water to theses pastures. Don't forget about manure pile and removal..? Also fly control... Check with your city/county.
I have had many boarders excited about now owning horse property. Most are sorry later, miss the "social life," freedom to travel, safety, facilities that are available, and some end up returning to board!
OK Halloween over!
A average horse is fed around 1.5 or 2 scoops AM & PM or 12lbs a day. So figure around 6-7 bags of feed. Hay per day around 10-12lbs per AM & PM =20lbs per day. So call your feed store and price hay by the lb. Bales. Hay bales can weigh 40lbs to 140lbs depending on what is available and your choice. Your local feed store can tell you what they sell the most to give you a better idea of your cost. Price a name brand feed such as Purina or Nutriena.. Shaving should be deep enough that stall marks are not shown. Depends on how often you clean, and how you want your stall kept. I would estimate around $60. Per month. 6-8 (4 cubic compress) bags per month. Again check with your feed store for local price.
Farrier every 6-8 weeks + or - $100.adv. Worming 6-8 weeks $13.
Horses are like kids..some are healthy, some are always at the doctor's office. I would set aside $300 a year for vet. (teeth floating and shots) You can save a lot on vaccinations, if you do it yourself.
Hope this is what you were asking..? Anyway.. Horse are worth it!