Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Tehachapi Mountains, CA
#1 factor - $$$$$$ for everything. Vet (including an emergency fund,w hich can be VERY pricey), tack, feed/supplements, farrier, grooming tools/shampoos/etc., truck & trailer (initial cost & maintenance), trainer, show fees/travel costs (if you do that). 1st aid items, blankets/sheets, buckets, human clothes, etc ......
#2 factor: TIME - horses do best with consistency; trying to find time to fit is consistent riding can be a challenge
Most annoying parts of owning a horse: Flies; not having enough time to ride; know-it-all horse AND non-horse people.
Most aggravating parts of owning a horse: same as annoying for me , LOL.
Most painful parts of owning a horse: end of life decisions, waiting for the vet when your horse is in pain, not having enough time to ride.