James, What part of Northern Nevada are you in?
What breed of horse is it? Or I guess better what confirmation does it posses?
When I first got into horses, I asked much the same question. I got a horse so I could pack out deer and elk in the fall, I quickly learned that owning a horse was a 365 day per year committment. No ignoring it and just saddling up 10 days a year for hunting season. I didn't have cows, so I knew I wasn't going to practice roping, cutting team penning. I didn't have a large arena, so there was no room to become a dressage, reining or barrel racer. The young colt I ended up with had incredible stamina, and I liked the idea of seeing miles and miles of trails, So we tried Competitive Trail Riding and little endurance. I had a great time with these events and got to meet lots of fellow horse people, Many of whom I am still friends with.
After I learned alot of what I know about horses, I kinda burned out on all the travel to compete in CTR events. Got tired of judges critiqueing everything I did and decided I was just happy to go explore a new trail across the high country. My daughters also became my riding buddies about that time in my life. They were too young and unskilled to be competitive at CTR, they coudn't ride at the same speeds I did in endurance and I wasn't ready to ride off and hope they made it to the finish line, and of course having to pay entry fees for for 4 vs 1 influenced my decision. They had grown up enough that we could go spend a weekend together with the horses. Early on I didn't have enough horses to go around. So we would pack the horses and we would hike and lead the horses packing our gear into the high country. Later as I got more horses, We would camp at the trailer and day ride the various trails. This gave my teenage daughters a few more creature comforts and keep them coming with me.
Now they have left home for college, have part time jobs and dates with boys, I don't get them to come as often. I've returned to some of my early horse friends and we just enjoy a good trail ride. Some of my friends have become financially successful and have bought very expensive trailers. And they enjoy bringing them and using their equipment. Others are poor as church mice and we camp out and rough it when I join them. Regardless of which way I travel or camp. I still enjoy trail riding.