Well!! Hahaha I appreciate all the advice here...it is all good. I haven't really considered college seriously because of all the debt I would end up having...yet it is something I have thought about. I just don't want to spend years and years paying back debt when I could be focusing on riding. I have considered perhaps working as a barn manager or something along those lines while saving to buy my own horse and take as many lessons and clinics as possible.
I know the realities of the job...I have lived and breathed horses since I was ten. Sometimes I don't wanna tack up, sometimes I don't want to get out of bed to work, but I do it anyways. I don't have any false idea of what it would be like to do this full-time. I'm willing to do what it takes to get where I want to be.
One idea I have been throwing around is to be a working student for some good trainer/rider...while working a 'real' job as well to pay for housing, food, and shows. Anyone's opinion?