The horse that we got is a 16-year-old, 15 hand, paint gelding. He is a wonderful horse for my family. We've bought half of him, and when he's delivered this coming Sunday, we'll pay the rest. Even though my parents insist that we will all share equal responsibility over him, I have a feeling that I will be his main handler and caretaker, as I am with our dogs and goats.
I don't mind, and I love animals, but it puts me in a position where I must be passive in my instructions and handling of the horse. Otherwise I would be accused of hogging the horse, and in my family, that could give you a lot of grief. Therefore, I need to make sure that everything I say and do is the right thing.
I make it sound like a lot of pressure, but after a while, especially this winter, I'm sure that I'll gain the right of owner when I'm the only one riding him and taking care of him out in the freezing weather. :)