Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
I like that you're interested in horse ownership, because I ( like I suspect most people here) have such a deep love and appreciation for horses and what they do to enrich lives.
However; I do have to point out that this isn't a very well thought out plan at the moment. You're assuming your parents will foot vet bills, drive you to/from lessons and cover any major expenses. Owning a horse is not like tennis or guitar lessons, which you can just "put down" at any given time. It's an every day, every dollar commitment that someone has to take ownership of if you plan on purchasing your own horse.
My suggestion is to continue riding 1-3x a week, maybe even take some 1:1 lessons with a trainer or still volunteer at the barn you're looking to board at-- and really get a feel for the day in, day out commitment it is to own a horse. It's never a good idea to pursue a hobby and rely on someone else to foot the bill, so find someone who can kind of mentor you and show you the ropes, and finances, of owning a horse before you go out and try to purchase one.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon