Some of you are so very lucky.
I never was able to convince my Dad that I needed a pony/horse. When I got my drivers license, I would go to a local riding stable, before anyone else, so the horses were fresh. I did that throughout high school, without fail. Rode some pretty rank horses and some very well trained ones and loved every minute!
After marrying, and started my family, I got back into horses by finally taking formal lessons and learning anything/everything I could.
Then, I leased a couple. Still had the "bug", so finally bought my mare, T, and got her last foal thrown into the deal.
My children both learnt how to ride, my daughter is a beautiful rider. But, neither have stayed with it, so I am pinning my hopes on my granddaughter, Bella!
Just bought her first rocking horse (she's only one) and she actually cried when she was taken off it! Oh, be still my heart!