1) Do horses really need to be fed 3x a day? Or would 2x a day be fine? My horse is fed her grain 2x a day and she gets one flake of hay 4x a day. But 2x a day would be fine, it doesnt have to be three.
2) *ONLY ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR HORSE AT YOUR HOME* Is it difficult to care for your horse and maintain good grades in school all at once? I do not care for my horse at home but I do go up to the barn everyday and I clean the barn and care for the horses there 3x a week. I suppose having your own barn would definitely be harder then caring for your horse at a boarding facility but not impossible.
3) Does owning and caring for a horse help you stay in shape?
ABSOLUTELY! You have to be in shape to care for a horse. You can own a horse and not be in shape at all though. I know some horses whos owners never some to see them. And especially riding! That is wonderful exercise. As well as owning a barn. Owning a barn is a lot of work you have to maintain it, clean up the paddocks and stalls and take care of the horses as well as other things that come up. That's a big YES to that question!! :)
4) Do you ever regret purchasing your horse? Was it a BIG change? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I don't think that I could live without my horse. She is the love of my life and she is what keeps me going. It wasn't a big change for me because I leased her for 2 years before I bought her so I was already going up to see her, care for her, and ride her everyday.
5) How often do you ride your horse(s)? I ride my horse as much as possible because I am the only one who rides her and I need to keep her exercised and healthy and keep her muscles working. Also keeping her from getting stiff and bored. So id say probably 5 times a week at the least. I don't have an indoor so when it rains, or in the winter months I can't ride but other then that Im out there training my little dressage pony :) haha
Hope this helps. Owning a horse teaches you responsability, idk if you looking to buy a horse, or a farm? But if you are looking for a horse, especially if its a first horse, id suggest keeping it at a boarding facility with professionals around to answer your questions. If you are not a first time horse owner, or going to be, then ignore what I just said haha! Sorry I don't know your situation.