This is a wonderful thread. I'm fairly new to the world of horses, but even after the short time I've had to do with them, it's become obvious that most people (at least in my experience) underestimate what it takes to take care of them, love them, and make them feel secure and happy. I definitely did. Every time I have a question answered, it seems like there are hundreds more that pop up, and I can't imagine ever learning enough about horses and their care.
That said, I've wanted my own horse since I knew what a horse was, and around two years ago I was lucky enough to be able to start riding. I half-lease a horse and have learned a lot even just from that - about grooming, etc. But again, the more I have to do with them, the less I feel I know. I personally am very grateful for any and all advice from horse-wise people, and I do think it's a continuing learning process.
However, I am glad to hear that many of you are not rich. I mean, for your sakes I wish you were, but in the context of who can own a horse, it actually calmed me down. The career I plan on having (missionary doctor) is not a money-making one, but horses have become my passion, and I definitely still plan on having one eventually. It helps to know that most of you are not deep-pocketed but that you still manage to give your horses the best care. So...I'm not really sure why some people are so negative about this thread being posted, because I actually found it very encouraging. Thanks for being willing to share your know-how with newbies :)
"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." Helen Thompson