even if you have no doubt, it is good to double check yourself because you could still be wrong. That is how I approached this. And because it is such a HUGE thing I am exploring I want to see my options and see what I have and more importantly what I might not have and could be overlooking. It is also good to hear the positive and negative, though the unfortunate experiences shared do put a damper on it.
Also, my main question was about the proposal to my parents, not necessarily whether or not I should do this.
Andos, thank you for sharing that experience. It is a good reality check because even though I have been around horses since I was nine, I have never been in complete ownership of a horse before.
Skyrmyr (and ClamKnuckle), I believe I am with you on this one. I put my riding off by coming to college to have a fall-back option (done for my parents, but I do see the logic). Now that I am graduating, I am determined to get back on track. I know I would absolutly regret not going after this as a career. Now the kicker, if I did this, would it set me back farther from what I want? It is a fine line. If I am successful then I will be much farther along to my goal, if I am not, I will probably be a few steps back (as far as money goes at least).
Thanks again everyone (positive and negative)