Originally Posted by SeamusCrimin
I was looking over my "future plans" that I made when I was really young (aww!) and I had literally written out every single breed I wanted (we're talking 4 pages of lined A4 paper) and exactly what it was to be called, the gender, the colour, any markings I wanted and what it would be used for.
An example was
"Big Ben" - Shire Horse - Male - Bay - Blaze and four white stockings - Pleasure riding, showing and hacking out.
LOL! I remember doing the SAME thing when I was young. I wish I could find my old writings... would be interesting and fun reading!
One thing that's very important to consider is TIME. A friend of mine has what I consider to be a lot of horses. One thing I've always said to myself is I'll never have that many horses, because she is pretty much chained to her farm. I suppose if a person could afford to hire a "farm sitter," it wouldn't be as big of a deal, but there's still that "guilt factor" of not spending as much time with each horse as you feel you should.
A coworker just asked me this morning how many horses I have and I actually had to think about it... mostly because I just got three new ones. I feel like I'm definitely at my limit, especially considering four of my horses are at my parents' house and one is boarded near my workplace, which I have to split my time between two places. Two of my horses are retired and don't require much in terms of actually working them. Two are very young (weanling and yearling) ponies so they will require quite a bit of training very soon. My other horse is 7 but is very green so is going to require A LOT of time and effort. I'm having to sacrifice all my other hobbies because I just don't have time for them plus horses. But... I just had to decide where my priorities lie.