I don't know about your area, requirements, or circumstances other then you are a student. I keep a detailed record of every penny I spend on my horse or horse related items (except gas to go see him).Here is what I've paid since I got my first horse last Sept. (I started with nothing)
Saddle, Girth, Stirrup Leathers and Irons, Halter/Bridle Combo with Reins, Bit, Lead Rope, Saddle Pad with Bags, Saddle Blanket (for really hot days) Saddle Stand, Saddle Cover, Cleaning Supplies, Grooming Supplies with Carrier, 3 Canteens with Carrier (for trail rides),Grain Pan, Hay Rack, Bridle Bracket, 2 Blanket Rails, 3 Jolly Apples (for Koda and his 2 barn mates), 2 additional Saddle Bags with adaptor clips, Ez-Mount, and Paddock Boots for me all purchased new over the internet. Cost: $703.18
A now 7 year old reg. Appaloosa gelding delivery included and being UTD on shots and farrier. Cost: $450.00
(8/07) 3.5 tons of grass/alfalfa hay. Cost: $320.00
(7/08 ) 3 tons of timmothy hay. Cost: $660.00
3 50 lb. Bags of Livestock Blend grain. Cost: $29.12
1 Salt Block. (I have to buy every 3rd one) Cost: $7.20
4 farrier visits. (He has hard hooves so trim all 4 & shoes up front, barefoot durring winter and spring) Cost: $170.00
2 shots of wormer. (yes I know he's due again) Cost: $19.74
11 months boarding. Cost: $775.00
Total cost to date, almost 1 year from purchse: $3134.24 to date!
Before Dec he will see the farrier 1 more time before winter sets in and he goes barefoot, 2? More wormings, yearly shots(previous owner 'shot' him before delivering him to me, he will get them end of this month if not sooner) , and 4 more months of boarding so add to that atleast $400.00 more. Then there is any unforseen accidents that would require the vet, something that we could not handle at the barn and that roughly $3600.00 to date cost will jump dramatically.
I'm sure I've spent the least amount of money on 1 horse over a year then anyone on this forum (or maybe not
). So you see, it can be done but don't stretch yourself to thin. School comes first! There's plenty of time for you to get a horse after you graduate. I did.