You really shouldn't care what other people think...Just about every person with a horse has to give up some kind of money matter. Not every kid is lucky enough to have a horse and that's how it is. I was one of them and the only kids I thought that were spoiled were the ones who didn't appreciate the horse and were always asking for more and mroe and were rude to their parents. This person said that to you because they are jealous.You don't need to prove anything to anyone but if you did...depending on how old you are, you could get a job and help pay for it. If your not old enough, you should consider having your parents drop you off at the barn on your free time so you can help take care of all the horses--not just your own. A big problem with horse owners is that they only care about winning shows, or showing off. If horses are your passion, show it, and don't care what anyone thinks. But you should help your parents in some ways even if you can't pay with money, pay them by cleaning the house, doing little chores around the house, anything that would earn you allowance, don't take the money, just help out! Some kids in lesson programs are just taking lessons as something to learn or to please their parents. If you are serious about horses, you should have a horse/lease/ride horses a lot.
I don't have a horse still and I'm much older and you know what, it's really not that bad. Not having a horse has allowed me to work with many peoples horses and learn a nlot and I have a friend that let's me come and ride her horses everyday. I would love to have a horse but I know I'm not in a financial position to do that but when I do have a horse, I will appreciate it and be well prepared.