First of all I am new on here from the la area of California. Ever since I rode a horse of which I had full control of You had NO control of the horse, because you had no preparation; you were a total gunsel. What happened is that the horse FILLED IN for you, he didn't dump you upon seeing, (within the first 15 seconds of contact with you, as all horses are able to figure out the human's savvy in that time) that you were a gunsel. Further, if you were told by a human to kick him to go & pull on his mouth to "steer" & stop him, the horse TOLERATED PAIN from you, & you didn't even know it. few years ago I wanted to get one. I've rode a couple of times and was just wondering what I would need to do in order to own one and prior to owning one as far as all the commitments required to owning one. Please help as I want to do this right and don't want to get in waaay over my head.
The simple facts of what really happened on your first ride are the place to start learning. Understanding horses themselves, in their herd dynamics as prey animals, then making the long effort to have the savvy so that you're not just a pain/confusion/ineffective leader who'll turn him into a dangerous horse comes next. I'm not being rude, I'm being direct & truthful, because 1) anyone who has a passion for horses is my kind of person, & there are so many horses out there who need a sincere person who'll make their lives better, & 2) anyone who doesn't care enough to gain the savvy, so becomes a pain to the horse is not my kind of person.
The third main thing you must learn, aside from understanding horses & gaining savvy to be their leader, is husbandry. Many spend big $$ on fancy barns & shoes & feed, but these don't help the horse: horses need simple safe fencing, might not need shoes (lots online about the benefits of barefoot) & plain, varied feed.
As others've said, LA area's bound to be extra-pricey, but horses are expensive in the middle of nowhere these days.
I suggest that you take at least a year of being with horses (a weekly lesson won't cut it, since you don't know enough to pick a good teacher), just observing them in their herd dynamics & gaining understanding of horse psychology, plus a bit of interaction under the guidance of a true horseperson, learning groundwork first. (Groundwork? What's that? :)) Any teacher who wants you to get on without learning how to lead a horse & move a horse is the wrong teacher; groundwork is foundational. If you can't find a true horseperson in your area, save your $ on "get on" lessons for visits to that horseperson, at the least.
If you take the time it takes to understand more of what it entails to be a help rather than a pain to a horse, at the end of a year, you'll know whether you want to stick with it, because you'll know that your year was only a start on a lifelong journey.
Hope that helps!