This was really helpful! Also, about the working all day everyday, what is the work?
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This question right here is why you need to get out there in the industry and work at a bunch of barns and see what it's like! It's hard to relay over the internet just what an incredible amount of responsibility it is, and there is no way to truly understand until you've experienced it yourself. There is always SO much to do, even with help it will seem like there's not enough hours in the day.
With a farm the upkeep is constant, think fencing, painting, cutting the grass, weed whacking, maintaining the stalls, barn, waterers, tractors, arena footing, cleaning, inventory of hay, grain, other barn supplies, watering and dragging the arena, answering phones and fielding inquiries, scheduling vet and farrier, managing budget and finances, invoicing, taxes, I could go on, but I think you get the picture. And then somewhere in there you have to fit in a significant other, your own horses, kids, time for yourself, etc. You pretty much have to live there or pay someone to be on site 24/7. You'll be the one hauling water when the waterers quit working for no reason in the middle of winter. You'll be the one having to hand walk someone's horse all night because it's colicking. It's on you to do night check every single night to make sure all the horses are ok. That will interrupt your quiet date night with your significant other. If a horse gets injured or dies, it's on you. That is a HUGE responsibility on someone's shoulders. Let's not forget the fact that good barn help is *extremely* hard to find. That is another thing you have to see for yourself. You can't just count on hired help, as they flake out. come late, slack off, and just quit coming to work, and you're the only one there to pick up the slack.
I would look for a live in barn manager position, and then do it for a couple of years. By that time you will know exactly what you are getting into, and will be able to see the big picture and answer the question: "is THIS EXACTLY what I want to do with the rest of my life?"
Not trying to be a downer, just being realistic and emphasizing that you need to know exactly what you will getting into. It's definitely doable, but it's definitely not for everyone. We just want you to be prepared and make the most educated decision possible:)