I've been out here on the forums for a while now - lurking for the most part, sometimes adding a few morsels, but overall just enjoying the community quietly.
This month however, my life is taking a turn that warrants a) the start of my own thread and b) the telling of my adventure to come :)
Starting January 2013, I will be purchasing my first own horse
I am 30+ and have ridden since I was 11 years old. Due to life circumstances regular lessons happened when we could afford them with looooong breaks inbetween. For the past five years now, roughly, I have taken regular riding lessons with intense schooling over the last 3 years since moving to the USA.
Now, I consider myself solid Intermediate in a dressage saddle and probably, on a horse that knows First Level Dressage stuff, could ride that without too much trouble.
I have done a teeny tiny bit of jumping, but it's always a case of "scared, eyes closed, over, done with, relief" :P ... I'm more of a dressage rider than anything else.
I have never ridden a show. No schooling show, no nothing, but I am eager to finally get into competing and am looking forward to find a partner to do it with.
So :) Equinenow.com, dreamhorse.com, etc. are going to be my future haunts :)
Any advice on how to best go about finding your first horse is always very, very, very welcome.
Any good luck wishes as well :)
I'll keep writing about my learning experiences, my search, my adventure here as it progresses - kind of like a "Freakshow" to which y'all are invited ;) ...
Wheeee.. I'm excited