Yeah, I'm in NC too and the best advice I have is move to the plain states where there is alot more land and horse farms.lol This state sucks, most people have horses for backyard pets and they don't care about having people work with them. I lived in Texas as a little girl and trust me the only thing I miss is all the oppurtunity they have out there to work with horses and other ranch duties. Also since my family is from NC I can say this, our state is stuck in the american revolution where everyone still hires mexicans and african americans to hold their horses and care for them. They know they can hire them cheap. Sorry to burst your bubble if I did :( I'm upset about it too though. Definitely not horse country here.
Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls- they give us hope!