I'm new to the forums, and horses to a degree. I'm in my mid 40's and have recently (over the last 12 months) became interested in owning a horse or a few. Problem is, I never have, so I thought I would come on here and hopefully get some advice from you all.
My wife and I are working on getting our "retirement" place squared away. We have plans on purchasing some land over in east Texas, either near Paris, or Tyler. We currently live in the Dallas area but are looking for that out of the way, way of life and we both would like to own a couple of horse for recreation. I've read over these forums, done a lot of internet research on the subject and realized it's a big responsibility.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should look into, where I could go to get some hands on experience with horses before making the commitment or some really good articles to read? I am trying to educate myself on breeds, good ages for riding horses, care and of course; costs.
I've read that if you don't have at least 12 hours a week to devote to care and bonding with your horse that you shouldn't really think about it. I've also read that a good rule of thumb for cost (which could vary I realize) is around $10k a year? That article was based a lot on livery services so I'm not sure how much that changes if you house them yourself.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thanks for your time.