I decided to start this thread to hopefully get my butt in gear at some point and get over my financial fears. Here's a little background for you:
I grew up around AQHA/APHA show horses and fell in love. I did chores around the house growing up to pay for riding lessons, and at some point, for some reason, never went back. I never completely quit riding, and I worked around horses as much as I could. When I finally moved out on my own, I went to school, got a full-time job and had the opportunity to buy a wonderful QH/Mustang cross (so who knows what he really was
), so I did. Suddenly, what I thought was a stable full-time job turned out not to be. I was taken off the schedule for some mysterious reason, and they wouldn't put me back on for MONTHS despite me calling every few days. Long story short, I couldn't afford to keep my horse anymore and had to sell him.
Losing my job resulted in me having to move back in with my parents and go back to school. I've now been looking at getting another horse, but I'm terrified of getting into a situation where I can't afford it again. I have another wonderful full time job that I love. A degree that will be getting me a decent raise in the near future, a cheap place to rent, and plenty in savings. HOWEVER, I also just had to buy a new car, and I have a dog. My last experience has just put a bad taste in my mouth, and whenever I get the opportunity to get a new horse, I back out. I'm not sure how to get over this fear, so I'm hoping keeping a sort of journal will help me get this figured out. Any encouragement and advice anyone has is greatly appreciated.