23! (I love this number lol) and originally from New Jersey, currently from Tennessee, currently living on Gulf Coast Mississippi (to return to SW TN in October) for hubby's schooling.
I've been actively riding taking lessons for about a year and a half, although I am currently on pause because I can't find an instructor that wants to work with my work schedule for lessons while I'm down here.
But I trail ride with a lovely group of ladies every Tuesday I have off, and one lovely lady allows me to ride her herd plenty.
I don't own or lease but I miss my two favorite horses, Champ (a handsome, retired, registered, flaxen chestnut, Tennessee Walking Horse gelding) and Ideal (a tall dark and handsome, dark bay, warmblood/oldenberg/thoroughbred cross gelding) who I used to see and ride at my lesson barn several times a week in North MS.
My introduction to riding was my Mother in law allowing me to ride one of her retired, rescued Standardbred ex-racehorses. It turned into a rodeo as he ran, bucked, crow hopped, cow kicked, tried his best to unseat me that Christmas day, TWICE.
My MIL recommended I take lessons because I had such a good seat to stay on her horse after his very unusual antics.
So my good seat is put to use, I love riding greenies for my instructor, and I love riding a challenging horse that makes me work and improve as a rider. I am currently trying to work on my canter with a horse that has no brakes, and only knows walk and full throttle.
So, I ride with a classical seat, and greatly enjoy dressage lessons and teaching the horses I ride because I love the technique. I also jump and have tinkered in western pleasure and walked barrel patterns. I would like to learn reining as well. I find reining horses and dressage horses very fascinating and would love to own my own horse one day to teach both to.
I am also a book worm, and I dove hard into the horse world. I love spending my time absorbing knowledge on breeds, disciplines, training techniques, color genetics, and veterinary stuff. Basically everything horse related I can feast my brain on.