While I was one of the lucky kids... I have had a horse since before I could walk. And when I got old enough to ride a top notch horse... my mom made payments to buy him for me. But he was an unbroke 2 yr old, who I spent years getting him to where he is. But I never took it for granted or wanted a different horse.
I took care of all the horse responsibilities. Not just for my horse, but my moms and helped my little sister as well. My mom handled the financial end until I was 18. Then I took ever. I never EXPECTED it... she just did (partially because i think she was guilty about working all the time to feed the horses and us... since my dad was/is a drunk.. lol). So I have always worked for my horse. When I was 19 my filly was given to me, and I leased a mare to get a baby, and he was born. Then I had a mini given to me.
Now im 22, work a full time job, Train on the side (usually have 2 horses in a month), and ride all mine everyday. That means I dont have time to go party, or to the movies, or out to dinner... like the rest of my friends. But its what I LOVE. Every weekend... you'll find me at a cutting, sorting, penning or barrel show.
** Sorry for the Novel.
Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses. ~C.W. Anderson