Mind, I hope you're not at the point of "information overload".... It has been and still is quite an interesting thread.
Different folks may have different goals in riding and may gain their prime enjoyment from different facets of their horse-related activities; when you begin riding and have your own opportunity to interact with a horse, you'll find out what facets you get the most enjoyment from. You'll just have to see where the process takes you.
I competed (western) many decades ago when I was young and enjoyed it tremendously. Today, I do more trail riding than anything else and I enjoy the relationship with my horse and the really close bond we have developed along with the process of doing things together, whether it's riding, groundwork, grooming or whatever. Just being with him gives me so much pleasure.
Once you start the experience for yourself, you'll find your way into the part of it that you like the best. My advice is to enjoy the process and don't let it become "work". You're doing this to have fun and that's what it needs to be!
Welcome to the forum and to the horse world!
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