Let start here: I have dreamed of owning my own horse for as long as I can remember. I've been thinking a lot lately, and kind of came up with an idea.
As a family (4 person family), we cannot financially afford a horse. So, if I want one, I have to pay 100% for everything (well, possible exceptions..). I currently work at 4 different local barns when the BO's go out of town. During the summer (3 months) I usually work a total of 4-5 weeks, earning around $400 bucks. I also work there a little during the school year while they go on 3 day trips. Now, I know that will not support a horse. But, I have money saved up already to buy a decent horse. I know buying the horse and the cost of keeping one is completely different. I completely understand that. I will be getting my license in a short while, so I will be able to work more w/o bugging my parents to drive me everywhere. It's pretty easy to pick up jobs at farms around here, so I'm not worried about trying to find a job. I'm a hard worker when I have my mind set to something, and I have 9+ years of horse experience. I originally had saved up my money to buy a truck that I want, but I thought about it and I would rather use my money to get a horse, and have to drive my parents old clunker car
I would love to buy a 3 year old quarter horse train it, and possibly show him/her. I would have to board some place, and that would be around $350 a month. But, if I were to find a barn where I could work off some board, I could afford it.
I guess why I'm posting this is to get everyone's opinion. For those who own your own horse, how much (monthly) does it cost for the care? I know the farrier and vet would be the biggest bills. Now, if I did go through with this and got in a debt hole, I understand that I would have to sell my horse. That would be tough, but It would be best for both of us.
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All opinions appreciated!