Originally Posted by riccil0ve
Ugh, I hate the "if you can't afford..." argument. Just because you can't afford something OPTIONAL doesn't mean you can't afford a horse. There are tons of options out there for financial aid if something comes up. Sure, it's nice to have money saved up, and I will always recommend it, but it really isn't PRACTICAL to assume that everyone should have money saved up. That argument just irks me to no end. I do not have a dollar to my name, but my horses are well fed and current on all their vet and farrier work. I will STARVE to keep my horse's healthy. I just think that as long as the animal is properly cared for and happy, that's all that should matter.
Ricci -- THANK YOU! Well said. I too hate it when people say "if you can't afford..." There is so much more involved and someone from the outside looking in can't know the full picture.