Well, I'm asking b/c we are moving to the country. I said something about getting horses and my husband got all upset and insisted there was no way we could ever afford horses. Here's where we differ. He's a city boy from the suburbs of Philadelphia. The very very expensive suburbs. I'm sure only rich people can afford horses there for sure! But I'm from SW PA and grew up with neighbors and friends who were just as poor as my family (I'm the 2nd of 5 kids, my dad was a coal miner and my mom stayed at home) having horses out in their fields getting fat all summer and eating hay all winter. They only fed their horses feed as a treat, not even a daily ration, at least in the summer, not sure about the winter feed schedule. Obviously, I would not do this myself without reading up on proper horse care, etc. But I am of a mind that horses are only expensive if you let them be. How long have people had horses without all this fancy stuff? I don't need all the fancy equipment. If I can't find a good used saddle, I rode bareback all the time with just a halter, no bit, as a kid and my kids can learn the same way until we find stuff. There are plenty of horses for sale cheap in our area right now on Craigslist, and a lot of them come with their own tack. Most of them show pics of the horses being ridden and go on and on about how much they love the horse, what a great horse it is, but they just can't afford it due to job loss or are moving away due to job, etc, etc. It's sad! A couple of the horses I've seen listed looked way skinny! So sad! It's not like we're poor like I was as a kid (and like all my friends who lived on farms were and had horses!) And it's not like I want to buy 10. Just 1 or 2. And a pony or mini for the littles. lol. Btw, I checked on Craigslist for the price of hay, too. Horse hay goes for $4-6 a square bale $25 for a roll, alfalfa goes for $7-9 a bale. Doesn't seem too bad to me. And I'm a do-it-yourself-er. I give our cat her vaccines, can't see why I couldn't do the same for a horse. I built our chicken coop by myself from scratch, starting with graphing paper when I couldn't find plans that were "just right." Just today I saw an ad for 2 nice looking young broke quarter horses that came with everything (tack, blankets, buckets) wanting to sell them both together for $800, just "please keep them together."
The property we're moving to has 2 large pastures, and a small paddock where the horse building is. Not sure what to call it, it's not a barn or a stable. Has 1 really big open stall, about the size of 3-4 regular horse stalls, a tack room with kitchen type counters and a nice vinyl floor, looks nicer than the rooms in the house! guess you'd store feed in there, too, and a sheltered outdoor area that looks like it was used to store hay, or maybe just has hay spread out to be used as an outdoor shelter. It also has a smaller building that looks like it was used to house goats, and a complete large chicken house, big enough for at least 20 birds with roosts, light, and everything! Already there!