The whole partners thing is tricky. Horses take up a lot of time, and that's fine when it your life. But when you choose to have a partner its not just your life anymore, it's theirs as well. And that doesn't mean you give up yourself, but you have to consider them as well. If you work full time, then go see your horse, go home, watch tv and go to bed, well that's not much of a life for your partner. Spending hours on weekends riding etc.
Obviously not all riders lives are like that. But I know if I dated a guy whose hobby took up hours a day, weekends and holidays, well I don't know if I'd stick around. Especially if he turned around and said, "if you made me choose between "x" and you, you wouldn't win" which is what a lot riders say.
I don't know what I'm saying. When I was younger and dating (I'm not old now but I'm a lot more selective and hermit-ish) I was very straight down the line, horses come first, this is what I do, tag along if you like but don't complain about it. But in retrospect, its not the best way to act. Its not how I'd like to be treated, and its not like how I'd want a relationship to be.
If I wouldn't choose my partner over my horses then why would I want to spend the rest of my life with them? Why bother dating? And if I could say something like that to them... well that's pretty nasty, if they've chosen to share their lives with me.
When I find someone, eventually, they won't have to be into horses, but they're going to have to be into the lifestyle I want. A property with animals, horses around, spending my money on stuff like that. My place in the world.
Anyway, so this is my completely pointless post for the day...sooo hot