I totally agree that we, as horse owners, have the duty to insure our horses are well cared for, healthy, and have the human interaction necessary.
I do disagree, however, that it has
to be tremendously expensive. Our stocky Paint mares are can be ridden every day barefoot and live on grass/hay and a cup
of grain a day. We give them their shots, wormers, and trim their hooves ourselves, they have their yearly rabies/Coggins from the vet, and except for the occaisional expected cut or sprain, they have never missed a day of work. They are indeed reliable, hard working, and 'low maintenance'.
We don't have boarding expenses, but the total cost of all their feeding and care amounts to only $6/day/horse....not bad for a 1000+ lbs animal, and much less expensive than raising children