About $2000 That amount has grown exponentially over the years.
On the serious side I guess I was just the typical little girl who wanted a horse and nagged my parents enough that they finally got me one.
I had always wanted to take lessons. I knew my older brothers had gone riding when they were younger, they were much older than me at that point. They had only told me horror stories of horses taking off etc, but I want to take a lesson. After that first ride I was hooked. I haven't turned back since. Let me tell you I would be rich if it weren't for the money I spend on my horses.
My wife's childhood dream and passing a small 'Foals for Sale' sign at the Paint breeder down the road about a thousand times before actually stopping to look (and buy mare #1, and buy mare #2 6 months later, and buy mare #3 a year later) LOL.