Well said M2G. It's expensive but I definitely think it is worth it. There are so many people I know that it has saved them from trouble or kept them from it. It has also taught me many many valuable lessons. For example, responsibility, humility, kindness, forgiveness and patience just to name a few. Also that actions very often speak louder than words and that sometimes silence is truely better.
It's not only a hobby it is a definite learning experience. I have gotten to do and see so many things that I never would have been able to were it not for horses. I dread the day when I will not be able to have horses :(