I dont have a social life beyond my few close friends. 2 years ago at my homecoming, i went to a horse show the same day i had my sophmore homecoming. I spend every weekend and any days im not busy and can have a ride to the barn at the barn
Some barns have grooms to care for the horses, in which case not that time consuming. But if you will care for the horse yourself, which I think is great because you get to know and bond with your horse more, it is very time consuming. Mucking out, grooming, bathing, tacking up, etc. take time, but it is all worth it!
I always say my horse owns me, I do not own her. I am never at the barn, I also work at a barn everyday in order to afford my horse. I am pretty much a slave to my horse, and I love every moment of it.