Originally Posted by Auroradream26
He would get ridden ask the time...once he was saddle broke
Housing requires minimum of 10x10 inside box stall unless horse is out every day (in paddock or field, some area to move freely), then 5x10 standing stall would work but not ideal.
Check local pricing and availability for farrier and large animal vet who would come to your property for emergency treatment. Vet at least once a year, farrier 3x year if you are able to do basic foot care in between visits, more often if the horse has any odd foot problems and requires constant shoes or special trimming.
Find local prices for hay and straw, figure 25 bales of straw yearly per horse for bedding and about 1/3 to 1/2 bale of hay daily if the horse isn't on good pasture. My mom's horses have 25 acres of grazing pasture but still use 75-100 bale of hay a year apiece due to not having ability to graze over winter.
Oats and corn are based on size and exercise amounts, but during winter moms get about a coffe can apiece 2x day of grain mix. So figure a couple hundred pounds over winter.
So cost needs figured on many variables, and they require a lot of work twice a day, every day. Hauling water twice a day (they drink a lot), cleaning stall daily, exercise and brushing regularly. Even overnight trips can create a need for someone to stop in and check on the horse for food/water unless you have a set up which allows access to running water and great grazing.
I grew up with horses, and they are awesome animals, but they aren't cheap (farrier and vet bills in particular) and they are work. Wether they are 'worth it' or not is something only an individual can decide.