Excuse me if this doesn't seem to be an appropriate post for this particular forum...I'm new here.
So I have this dilemma. I was born with a deep love for horses in my heart... I'm not sure how it happened because neither of my parents are horse people and none of my family members have horses. I started lessons when I was about 7 in Pennsylvania and was doing great for about a year until my family moved out of state. I tried again to pick up lessons but once again we moved, and after a whirlwind of moving around the country through my childhood I sort of gave up and never picked it up again.
Well, I'm 22 now and suddenly find myself desperate to have horses in my life, and on a regular basis. It's almost to the point of feeling like a physical longing, nothing makes me happier than thinking of being around them. So I've made the decision to reintroduce them into my life.
The thing is, I have absolutely no clue what to do now. I don't know a single person with a horse, and I'm actually very intimidated by the whole horse community because I feel like I'm an outsider with no knowledge or experience. I'm working to help support myself and both my parents. Times are tough, and I don't have the extra money for lessons. I'd be more than willing to work in exchange for just being in the presence of someone's horses...though ideally it would be in exchange for lessons as well.
So my question for you is...where do I start? Who do I talk to? I live in Portland, OR...and I'm under the impression that there are a lot of horses in Oregon, so it shouldn't be too hard right? Thanks in advance for any tips or advice!