Am I ready to own a horse?
I have been riding regularly for around four years. I've attended several horse camps and taken lessons for a few years. I've leased a horse and shown with him. I am comfortable at all four gaits on a trained horse and have jumped, done western events and bareback jumping and galloping. I also have trail ridden. I want to buy a horse and keep it at my house. I have five acres, the horse would get around three. He would have a companion in the form of another horse or pony. He would have a run in shelter and a shed but he wouldn't be stalled or blanketed (I don't believe in that stuff) My family isn't very knowledgable about horses but I think I am knowledgable enough to keep a horse happy and healthy. I can identify a lot of common illnesses and know when to call a vet. My major concerns are- What if my horse runs away? And what if he gets sick and it costs a lot to heal him? And I am also quite physically small and young. I'm strong enough to control the horse and muck him out but if he went crazy I couldn't stop him from taking off. I doubt this would affect the horse, but falling off is more of an issue I guess... Thanks to anyone who answers.