Originally Posted by scubachrism
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 a 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.
Welcome to the forum Chris! So happy to see you're asking for some help and advice! I wish everyone who gets into horses, did what you're doing now.
My recommendation would be to find a local equestrian centre and take some lessons. You can start learning about basic horses care there with someone with you, and you can learn where to get tack, feed care etc. Horses are not cheap, nor are the lessons, but it can be the most rewarding thing you will ever experience.
Once you feel comfortable, something you can also look into, prior to buying a horse is looking at leasing opportunities. A half lease is a great place to start because you can take over the care of a horse and get help without having the full commitment of your income into the horse, at least not right away if you are getting your feet wet.