I have really enjoyed reading Lauren and Carly's recent posts about horse-related money management....so here is mine!
I consider myself very lucky to have a lot of support from my husband (emotionally and financially) when it comes to the horses.
I pay all the horse bills myself but he picks up the important bills at home to allow me to do that (ie the big stinky mortgage). I currently work three jobs to help keep up with horsey bills (one full-time and two part-time). I really only need to have one full-time job but whenever I try to downsize something expensive happens so now I'm kind of afraid.
I think what works well about our current situation is that he feels free to spend money on his hobbies because he knows that I spend a fortune on mine. And for our current child-free life that's just fine! I have been trying to keep my purchases to necessity only and I have been slowly purging/selling things I don't use. I also actually have an emergency savings account for the horses now that I went without for many years (very bad!). I was the worst for many years about buying whatever I felt the horses needed but shorting myself on other important things (dental care, new shoes etc).
In the future the ideal version of my life is that we would live on an
acreage and I would work part-time. I am crossing my fingers for an acreage in 2016 :)