I board, buy my own feed and wormer, plus save some money for my horse fund which usually covers farrier, vet, or any other unforeseen expenses. That comes to about $400 per month. Plus, I work my butt off at my barn for reduced board. The money doesn't come easy for me, but I make it work because my horse is very important to me. More important than buying nice clothes, or driving a newer car, or going out every Friday night and spending $100 on food and drinks. I happily sacrifice those things. I would rather put on my worn out jeans and my muddy sweatshirt with hay in the pockets, get in my beat up old truck, and drive to the barn and spend my Friday night with my horse.
"A rider who would trade partnership for obedience
will have to settle for neither."