I've been out of the horse loop for quite a few years now. I graduated from a horse program (2 years) in 1994. Owned a horse for 3 years after that and gifted her to a friend, (for numerous reasons) in 2002. So, it's been a while. We now own an acreage and have the chickens, ducks, dogs. I've always missed the horse aspect. My daughter took some riding lessons, loved it, but, I was a bit disappointed with some of the sessions and found that I would be better getting her her own, and me teaching her, as that is what I went to college for. I had found myself doing more of the teaching at the riding lessons then the young teacher, so Iknew the knowledge was still in the old noggin. I have found letters written by my daughter, she wants a horse from Santa. Obviously, that is not happening, me and her dad will be taking all the credit when she gets this gift !!! I have been doing some looking, some reading. some more reading , some more thinking. We want to get her this horse, but, then I would like to get a companion for it, preferably a mini or a mini donkey. I hear the mini donkeys are very easy keepers. Then I thought, well, maybe just got some mini horses and join a mini horse club ??? I thought, what would she find more enjoyment in, she says she wants to ride, and I do know lots of kids really get into the riding , clubs, shows etc. Then I read peoples comments on how much $$$$$ horses are to keep and I wonder, is that because you are on the road showing them. I wonder, a person like me, who is just looking to get a horse to teach my young children to ride, for now, could the expense be that much,where it is the biggest thing others talk about. Hay, grains, wormer, vaccinations, feet, teeth etc . yes, I know these costs are there. One of my friends tells me she averages $2 per day per horse, another horse friend, makes it sound much worse. I would think there would be a range in these costs. But, is it really that much. Alot of people own horses and they are not all rich people, and of course if ever a vet emergency. But, what I ask, is it worth it?? for those of you who own horses, whether it be for pleasure, show, etc, could you imagine not having a horse in the paddock? For me, I miss it. I think I am just questioning things as it has been so long, I don't remember horse keeping to be that hard back when I had my mare. I guess I just want to make sure it will be the right thing and I don't want to fail the horse, I am my own worst critic.