When I was a kid, we already had horses. I was the youngest of three kids, born four years apart. We lived on 1/4 acre in the middle of L.A.
My mother figured that horses were the cheapest way to keep three girls out of trouble. When a kid's time is consumed with grooming, riding, feeding, mucking, etc. they don't have time for drugs or alcohol - and the only boys who hang around are the ones who are not afraid of a days work.
It was how my grandparents kept their girls out of trouble, living in Brooklyn. It is how my mom kept us out of trouble. And it is how I kept my girl out of trouble.
I'll do the extra outlay of money for a horse or two anyday over drug rehab or teen pregnancy!!!