My parents divorced when I was three and my sister only 3 months. My mom sold off everything to pay bills except our property and our horses. We free leased the horses to someone off-site for a few years, and when I was old enough to accept full responsibility of them, we brought them home. My mom always reminds me of how she sold everything but the horses....and for that I am extremely grateful.
Of course, the work is my sole responsibility, but my mom pays the bills on them. I pay for their tack and my riding attire.
Going on what Saskia said, everyone spends their money different ways. I hate when people automatically assume I'm rich because I own horses.....we don't choose to spend our money on pointless things like expencive birthday gifts, $1000 shopping sprees, or 2 packs of cigs a day. We don't do that; most of our leisure money goes to our horses.