The thing is, people who own horses lose out on some very important things that riders who lease or get lessons don’t miss out on. You’ll get more experience from riding different types of horses and that will make you a better rider in the long run, it gives you an opportunity so many people don’t have. While you may not have a horse and I’m sure that you want one more than anything, you likely will eventually get one. May it be soon or years from now, if it’s something you really want I’m sure you’ll get it, even if you have to work really hard for it.
These people who have all these horses and all of their nice tack, some of them may have worked to buy it all on their own which is great, it means that their funds are their own and that they don’t have the risk of losing it all when/if something happens to their parents funds. You could be one of these people one day, working for it on your own and learning how to WORK for what you have. I don’t deny that people with wealthier parents don’t work in some form, but a lot of riders I know who don’t work for what they have end up losing out in some way, may it be that they have a hard time finding a job later in life or if their parents finances go down hill, the lose everything.
So basically, try not to be jealous of people who have everything or get lots handed to them. It means that they have more to lose and also less resources to get them back, if they’ve never had to work a day in their life. Everyone has struggles and while someone may have a horse, they may have some pretty severe stuff going on at home that could be turning their life into a living hell, despite what it looks like at the barn.
As someone who’s seen it from both sides (before my dad’s stroke and all that bad stuff, my family funded everything), I find that being in control of my own finances brings me more peace. When my family’s finances went downhill, I almost lost everything and that is so much scarier than working and setting a goal that you intend on reaching one day (in your case, owning a horse.)
Just be positive, work on improving and take advantage of the perks that you have that horse owners may not have. Store all you learn for future reference when you get to the point where being a horse owner is a possibility and then in the end it’ll make it all the more sweeter.
Also, consider positions such as a working student, if that’s an option for you. It gets your foot in the door for big things such as showing if that interests you and also puts you right into the horse business without having to spend money. Also, “free” lessons on many different horses.
I’m rambling, but I hope this helped