Gosh, I was in that same spot my whole life up until this January. I wanted a horse SO BAD, but it was unrealistically expensive since I lived in town, and would have to board. I took lessons here and there, but it got so expensive, I couldn't stick with it long enough to get really good at anything.
I got married, moved down to where my husband lives, which is out in a farming community, and WHAM! "Hey Katie, I know this guy who is giving away a free horse!" I was like, FREE HORSE???? That is totally unheard of where I used to live...
So now I am the owner of a fantastic mustang gelding, and learning all the pros and cons of horse ownership!!!!
Having to deal with all the fun things like thrush, fungus, flies, and fear of horse-eating wal-mart bags, trailers, dogs, and lurking cows in the pasture....
Being able to work consistently and develop a relationship with my horse, so I can know exactly when things are normal or not
Being able to just ride whenever the heck I want, and not pay $30+ a ride!!!!
But of course, I really have it made....the family I married into has plenty of land and 3 other horses, so Rowan wasn't a problem to add to the collection! If I can't get out to see him, I know he is being well taken care of, since my ten-year-old cousin-in-law is horse crazy and would probably sleep out in the pasture with them if she could. Haha!