I may not see mine every single day, and he may not be on my property, but they're a way of life for me. When I was younger, my mom had horses. A year after they died, we got two standardbred race horses and had them for two or three years. A year or so after we were done with them, I started taking lessons, and then it was just a hobby until I got my boy.
When I got him, it was two or three days a week out there, and when I finally got my license, it's been three to four during the school year and five to six in the summer. My friends have accepted that I'll usually run out to the barn before we hang out on a Saturday and my best friend comes out with me a lot. I've been pulled out of school to go ride : D and been late to things because of riding.
I was going to go into high school sports, but when I got him, I dropped them for riding.
Oh, and I get more excited when buying things for him than I do for myself and for my birthday and christmas, a lot of what I ask for is horse-related things.