Ever since I was a kid, I've loved horses. I grew up drawing them, reading about them, going to a summer horse camp for 8 years, and I took riding lessons for about a year. The only problem is that my family has always lived in a suburban area and my parents have no experience with horses, so actually getting one was totally out of the question. So now as a 21-year-old, I'm still basically a "horse fan" that loves doing anything horse-related, and if I ever happen to see horses in person, like at the State Fair, I feel compelled to spend as much time as I can near them.
So I was wondering, is it ever too late to actually transition from being a "horse fan" to actually becoming a horse owner? From my years at horse camp, I do know a lot of the basics for riding and taking care of a horse, but I also know I have tons to learn. I'm not really looking to become an great jumper or dressage rider, but I'd love to have a pleasure horse as a companion someday.
I'm just about to move out and start paying off college loans so I know it's not likely to happen in the next few years, but I was wondering where a good place to start would be?