Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Costs vary but my very strong advice is to make sure you can afford the horse regardless of changing circumstances. So even though you might be able to work of the board, make sure you have enough money to cover board/food/farrier/training if needed/vet bills if the barn owner does not need you to work in the future or something.
Remember its not just feed and board, you'll need the farrier, dentist, possibly saddle fitter, possibly vet, all these things.
I wouldn't leave a horse unsupervised that long on a property. Some people might but I wouldn't.
Why don't you find a barn and work in exchange for them letting you ride a horse or something, or part lease a horse owned by the barn?