I can't speak for the other animals, but I can say that (kind of like having a kid, I assume xD) it's hard to truly prepare for horse ownership until it happens. Definitely make sure that you have plenty of experience before hand, and know what you're looking for. How long have you been riding? Will you have some sort of trainer working with you, if either you or your horse need a tune up, or if something starts to go south?
What type of riding are you planning on doing, and will you have an experienced horse person helping with the selection process? Don't forget vet checks: nothing like finding out you've purchased an unrideable horse.
Make sure that you have a vet and farrier lined up. Be prepared to spend more than you're expecting, and to have some sleepless nights.
You say that you have the money to build facilities to your taste: well, make sure you do plenty of research on that. What is the climate like where you live? Do you plan to have a barn, or just shelters in a paddock?
These are just some things off the top of my head... There is so much more to it xD It's good that you're taking things slow and doing your research!
I would like a horse for just light and pleasurable riding around a cleared track or ring or whatever else works for what particular breed is right for me.
This is where I get bogged down in the whole fantasy VS reality issue.
I THINK I want a pretty white stallion that I can ride on occasion and groom and love like in a fairy tale. I THINK I want a horse that I could, I think the term is 'drive' with a carriage, as I have this vision of riding off from my wedding in a carriage pulled by a horse, but fantasy and reality are two totally different things.
What I think I want and what I need can be two totally separate things!
Horses can live for many years and my life will no doubt change between now and then. I need a horse that I can literally grow older with. I need a horse that is going to fit with my lifestyle goals and level of ability. My farm is for a pleasure hobby and I intend to enjoy it indefinitely. Even if the horse were to be injured or old or any of those things, I would still want to keep him or her around for manure and company purposes.
This is a HUGE commitment to make. Not just time and resources, but emotionally and I need to be sure that this is right for me and that I am prepared to grow old with this horse or horses, because there is no alternative. For better or worse, this horse or horses will be my partner or partners until the day they die an old and natural death.
An animal is for life.
I would like to look into the possibility of horse breeding as well, as like my hobby farm, I enjoy conserving rare breeds for future generations to enjoy.
This is a huge commitment and I need to examine all angles and gain a great deal of experience well before purchasing an animal, which may be an option in a year and a half to two years from now after I have an appropriate area and experience.
The climate at this location is cool, neither hot nor humid, just right. I will have a house and a barn and even a pasture, but I figure that a horse is going to need at least five acres, a nice track to trot along for riding, stables, all kinds of equipment, plenty of food and probably tons of other things that I do not yet even know I will need.
Price is not an issue. I come prepared and knowing full well that this is not a cheap 'hobby', but something that is going to run at least $100,000 to fix up the area alone, plus whatever the horse will need for care annually and the cost of the horse or horses themselves, as breeding quality, show quality and quality horses in general do not come cheap.
This is a decision made not for profit or fortune, but for the love and pleasure of doing it alone.