Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
I agree with what horse123 said about babysitting. That is a great job to have. If you like kids, it can be a very fun experience. Ask around and make yourself available. Young couples with kids LOVE babysitters. And you can make decent money too. Babysitting earned me lots of money when I was your age um ... 9 years ago (lol).
As for expenses ... my estimates are probably lower than average, since my barn has very cheap board and I got my horse for free.
full-care board: $160/month (this includes hay, grain, bedding)
*the horses at my barn are outside 24/7 and brought in at mealtimes and in bad weather
farrier: $25 for a trim / around $60 for trimming & shoeing
teeth: $0 (she doesn't get her teeth done)
tack: $150 - used saddle
$20 - used bridle
$300 - rainsheet and winter blanket
$100 - everything else (roughly)
$50 - first aid
shots: $150/yearly shots (I think)
other vet expenses: so far I have paid probably close to $350-400 (once for a check-up & the time she colicked)
These expenses do not include random purchases such as new halters, lead ropes, flax seed (as part of her grain), treats, and various other things I need.
I would suggest part-leasing a horse and taking lessons (if you don't already). Before I got Jubilee, I was riding the same horse in my lessons for 3 years and got very attached, I felt like she was my own. Don't give up, but also be prepared for perhaps not being able to get a horse right away. Even though my expenses aren't that huge, it still all adds up.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11