Edit for apologies for the shocking thread title!
So I have finally got my significant other to admit he'll let me get a horse when I finish University, (another 2.5 years) but I'm not so sure I'll be ready.
I take weekly 1 hour lessons with some great instructors but unfortunately I don't feel like I could properly care for a horse with the knowledge I have now. I wasn't so lucky as to have grown up around horses, so everything I know I've had to learn myself.
I don't really want to just "wing it", it wouldn't be fair to my future horse if I did that, but I don't really know anyone around my area with a horse that I can speak to. I have stuck around after my lesson to help feed and groom the horse I am learning on but they are an extremely busy school and don't have the time to spoon-feed me information.
I have books, I can read about horses all day on the internet if I want to, but I'm feeling more and more like there's only so much you can get from text and most of the learning is done "on the job" so to speak.
So, after that wall of text, my question is;
To those of you who did not grow up around horses and had to learn everything on your own, how did you know you were able to take care for your horse and that you were ready for ownership? At what point did you think: Ok, I won't totally screw this up?