My little terrier sits at my feet as I write this. My Rottie is on his bed - dozing for a couple of hours until the time comes when he knows I am going up the the stable. He will be at the car before I get to it. The two dogs are very little trouble really. When I go to bed, then so do they. When I get up, so do they. They have their routine and what ever I do is the focal point of that routine. In return they are my constant, loyal, faithful companions. Life would be lacking without their company.
As to the horse, well DiDi is different. The routines are now well established but she doesn't live with me in my house, she lives up at the stables. Yeh, she has a clock in her head but she is in her stable on her own from about 7.00pm until 8.00 am the following day. For much of the day, except when we are playing about, she is out in her paddock. She is dependent upon me to check her, groom her and put her away and in the morning to make the decisions in life for her as to how she is going to spend her day. Her day equals three days of mine and so her days are precious to her.
If something is wrong, then she has to tell me and I have to understand what she is telling me. There is a lot of non verbal communication between the two of us. She trusts me to look after her, I trust her to carry me.
Owning a horse is undoubtedly an expensive business. There are stable fees, feed bills, insurance, shoeing, teeth, the vet and tack. But the biggest cost
to me is in my time. She demands my time. She is virtually 100% dependent upon me for her well being.
Owing a horse is a lifestyle - it is not a hobby or a sport, it is a way of life.
You are either prepared to make the sacrifices to own a horse or you are not.
In this life, in this era, you can make your choices and you can take your chances. But I'll chose a dog and a horse any day. No regrets.
Undoubtedly some folks do not add up the full cost of owning a horse in time, money and anguish. It comes as a shock when they find out just how high the cost is. The rewards are high too.