Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I am paying off my student loans, working, and I choose to have a horse. I could/would have had my loans paid off if I didn't, but I wouldn't have the joy in my life that I get from my horse. It's a cost:benefit analysis, and my horse is very worthwhile for me.
When I first got him, there were times I worried I had made a mistake and felt overwhelmed. He was my first horse, I didn't grow up with them, I was on my own, and yes, they are hella expensive. There were times it kept me up at night. Now, four years later, I can't imagine NOT having a horse. He has given me an outlet and a hobby and joy. The quip about "I pay my psychologist in feed and hay, and he will listen every day" rings true for me.
If you decide a horse is not really for you, that is fair and it is okay. But give it some time for all the changes to settle in first before worrying too much, okay?