My husbands jaw dropped today when he saw my shot bill for 2 of my horses! ($300). I remember it used to be like $70 bucks to get everything for one! LOL.
Pony, you are on the right track, lessons are very important. What you aren't going to learn in lessons is HOW to REALLY take care of a horse. But you are going to learn alot from this forum on the day to day care. You'll also learn what's considered an emergent issue and whats a doctor at home type deal.
My suggestion to you is to NOT pick a one particular type of training method. When I say that I mean, don't become an ONLY Parelli or NH person. Take some of those methods and use them, but pay attention to some of these older cowboys, they know alot, use some of the traditional methods, also listen to these dressage chicks and the hunt girls. And don't be surprised when some of the "backyarders" come up with some pretty interesting techniques.
Keep an open mind and take in everything! Read all the books, especially the "Feel good" ones about the teens that get their own horses......!
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"