I save any cash I get from odd jobs, birthdays, Christmas, etc. to pay what I can for my horse. I just finished my first year of college, and I'd like to get a "real job" for next summer. As of now, I work as an unpaid farm hand for my family to help compensate. A big part of that is helping Dad put up hay, usually over 1500 square bales a season for all the livestock. Mom and Dad pay for feed, bedding, and containment (fencing, stall construction, arena fence), I pay all of forseen vet bills, and Mom and Dad help me out for "emergencies." I also pay for farrier work and any other equipment. I do get helped out again at holidays (I got most of my hunt seat show stuff for Christmas a couple of years ago). Mom says she doesn't mind, especially considering that horses are all that I do, not something in addition to other sports and stuff. I'm really lucky, and I'm hoping to get a job next summer to help out more.
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown