Hi everyone. I've been wanting a horse since I was 4. I'm probably not going to be able to get one in the foreseeable future, but I want to be prepared for when I do. 1. What are the necessary items needed for owning a horse? (Tack, grooming, etc.) Things like brushes and blankets alone have about 5 million variations of each, and I don't know what's necessary, and what's just nice to have. 2. How often should you ride your horse? (I'm wanting a horse about the size of a quarter horse if that helps) 3. What are good companion animals for horses? I wanted to get a goat with a horse, but I want to make sure it's a good match first. 4. What ingredients should I look for and avoid in a horse feed? 5. I'm sure horses can't only eat hay and graze, but how much of their diet can just be those? 6. What's a good horse age for a beginner to get a horse? I'm wanting a gelding that has experience being ridden, but is still young. 7. How often should you groom a horse? 8. How often should you muck out the stall? 9. How often should you change their shoes? 10. Do they really need shoes? I'm gonna add a couple more questions: 11. What are some good beginners horse keeping books and/or websites? 12. What's the best bedding for a horse? 13. Is it cheaper to board your horse or to keep it at your home (if your able)? Thank you all for your help! I may have more questions later. If anyone else has questions feel free to post them here!