I'm 40 years old and been taking lessons for two years now. I know that I absolutely want to buy a horse in the future but I was very happy just taking lessons since I've never owned a horse before.
I started really thinking recently about how do you know if it's worth it to buy a horse.
While I definitely have the acreage, I do not have the money for the fencing and the run-in shed right now so I'd have to board him at the barn where I ride.
Aside from the initial cost of the horse, I'd have $200 for pasture board, plus my lessons total $200 a month. So we're up to $400 a month just for board and lessons. That's not including any vet care or other expenses.
The most I could get out to the barn is 2x a week. Maybe 3x during the summer when we have longer daylight hours. But I start thinking what if the weather is bad on my day off, what about when it's dark early (this barn has no indoor arena so dark=no riding. )
The barn is just over 30 minutes away from my house and my job.
How many days a week do you all get to the barn? Have you found that the cost is worth it? I'm really having second thoughts on buying until I'm ready to keep a horse on my property.
I'm really wondering how people swing work and home life and still get to the barn to justify the cost of boarding.