Despite my hobbies, I don't come from a family of enough wealth to own an equine. In addition, I live in California, where even a "pretty good" income still leaves you living from paycheck to paycheck. I'm a master of imitating a lifestyle that appears to be much higher than what I can actually afford.
I do take care of (and ride) an aged Lipizzan mare. Currently riding very little and at a low level. The ability to "fake it" does not work as well in the horse world as it does in fashion and lifestyle.