Congrats Gypsy!! I'm going to go look at pics later :) *excitement*
I'll answer all the questions too! Great thread!
1) well, I just turned 15. I don't really remember how I got into horses, I've always kind of been around them, but all I know is I obtained my first pony of my OWN for free when I was 5 years old; little did my parents know that there isn't such thing as a 'free pony'.
Which leads me to the next question.
2) I got Star (my first pony) from a good family friend when I was about 5 years old. I've never switched barns because that 'family friend' is also a great trainer and barn owner. Everything spiraled upward from there, and about 8 or so horses later, I still have my first pony (Star; the best pony in the entire world), and I also have my 'dream horse': a 12 year old POA gelding named Putts, who I found online. He was about 5 hours away from me, but he was definitely worth the drive. I loved him so much that we bought him the first time I ever went to see him (not reccomended). I just knew he was the one, although my dad and trainer were not completely sold on him because he was 6 years old, green, and had bad habits. Everything worked out, though.
I've now had him for 4 years!
3) My parents pay for boarding, vet care, farrier, etc., but anything that's not necessarily "necessary", I have to buy myself (like tack, saddle, halters, etc.) It's a great deal and I'm not complaining!