I agree withthe overall theme here. My uncle's EX-wife got some extra money and one day her and her friend decided to buy a horse, without telling/consulting with thier spouses. My uncles was furious but tried to make the best out of it, he had some horse knowledge, but a year or two later they had to sell them.
I do not own a horse or farm but my husband and I would love to own a horse one day but I like to be well prepared in advance. We tell our children that if they want an animal they must care for it daily and be responsible enough and horses are a very big responsibility.
Our plan is to start our daughter out in riding lessons, she will be five soon, and if she takes to it then my husband and I will take riding lessons as well. We want this to be a family thing and to learn about the horses together. I have read a lot of feeds on here, which have helped immensely. We want our daughter and ourselves to take these lessons for a year or two, to make sure we enjoy and are comfortable around the horses. I learned about leasing, which sounds awesome as to help us gage our preparedness for caring for a horse troughout the week. There was a thread about hiring a trainer when you get your first horse to help with transition.
So, yes, what you guys are writing is being heard and I have a PLAN. A very long term plan.
Question? What are some good books, I can start reading now?