Hi guys! So happy to still "legally" be allowed to join, at 39! :0) Thanks, Paige, for starting this thread!
So let's see...I'm a "back to horses" (shocking given my avatar name!) girl...rode from age six up through age 23, when college and career took precedence, sadly...wish now I'd had the foresight to just keep a toe in the water, so as to make returning less difficult when I did so just about exactly a year ago!
I don't own a horse, and that HAS BEEN a positive, yet often frustrating thing, up until now...Simply speaking from the perspective of lack of time, lack of recent experience and lack of other aspects of "preparedness"...(knowing no good Farriers, vets, boarding facilities, the list goes on). However, I've been riding with a WONDERFUL woman/person/trainer since last April, and she has helped me to integrate thoroughly into the local horse "scene"! I'm relearning simply the basics of English pleasure riding with underlying dressage basics. I have an eye toward returning to jumping some, but only for pleasure, as I have no interest in showing now or that I can forsee in the future. I might like to get into some light endurance riding, some possible event-type riding, if there is a manner of doing such without it involving competition, but rather just growing the skills of rider and horse together, that sort of thing...
I have been married for about nine years, and been with my husband for ten years now. I have no bio-kids, as am unable to have them, and DH came with two very young boys, so we have raised them together, thus, I do consider myself a mom, (we have full custody of his now 16 year old son, Jake, after DH's ex realized years ago the bond between father and son was SO strong that not having him with dad full-time was literally awful for Jake, and she "allowed" him to live with us full time, only wanting very occasional visitation...odd, but he gets to have a mom and dad full time at home, and he says he prefers things this way...).
Their other son, Ethan, who is 14, has chosen to stay much of the time with his mom, which is a big stressor, but that is a story for another time!! Ethan is a brilliant boy, but he is definitely his mom's baby, thus, needs her in a way that Jake does not feel he requires, given his lack of ever really bonding with his mom in that manner, and for now, things must stay as they are. The custody has always been very challenging to his relationship with DH and with me, and this is an ongoing challenge for our family...
After leaving the Army (82nd Airborne Veteran, Desert Storm + before and after, etc...), DH had basically very simple, "old-fashioned" goals... to have a loving wife to give himself to, children to raise, and all of the best of the family life... Sadly, that didn't work out as he'd hoped with his first wife, but we have been very blessed in our marriage (my first, after assuming I'd never marry!!). DH owns a blacksmithing business, which has been hit very hard by the tough economy. Thus, he now does work for another man, and that is a blessing for us! The business still exists, and does do some business with the hope it'll come back after the economy returns if it ever does!...things are tough all over, very sadly!
Fur person-wise, we are very blessed with a 13#, Rat-terrier/Chihuahua mix named Penelope (who's been with us since 7 weeks old & is, IMO, the best and most loving dog one could ever hope for!), and soon, G-d willing, we will find one horse that is just right for me, to start with, and eventually in the next few years, at least per our "plan" (haha, you know what "they" say about making a PLAN!!) when we move to a home where we can have horses on our property, we really hope to find a second to allow the horses to be together and allow DH & I to ride together!! Our son, sadly, loves animals, but has never been bitten by the horse bug...he sees it as "Mom's thing", so understandably, as a teen boy, no doubt has no great urge to pick up riding (much as I've PUSHED...BAD MOM!) Haha. (I've got lots of family pics up on my page here on HF, in my "albums" section, if anyone wants to see our kiddo, the infamous Pennie dog, DH, etc...plus LOTS OF AWFUL riding photos of ME, HA!).
Anyhow, I've been an RN for almost 16 years, and am presently (like, this WEEK...SCARY!!) changing jobs after five + years at one hospital, as night shift charge for severely mentally ill people in a locked hospital; to working three 12 hour day shifts (I've NEVER WORKED DAY SHIFT!) at an inpatient hospice facility (I love hospice, finding that sort of nursing highly rewarding, just as I loved labor and delivery...life stages are fascinating to be involved with and assist persons through).
Well, 'nuff rambling. Really enjoyed everyone's posts, can't wait to keep reading them...at least...for the next five months till I have to move on to the 40-somethings thread!! Haha! :0)