If you have been riding for say, five years, was that an hour a week or more?
I had taken a half hour lesson once a week to start out, then moved up to an hour and been taking lessons for an hour a week ever since. I've been riding for 6 years, but in this past year, with getting Rosie, I've been riding 3-5 times a week, usually for about an hour.
How many different horses had you ridden before you got your own? Tulani, Bingo, Shafira, KC, Dixie, Leah, Ishtar, Ozzy, Rosie, Osiris. So about 10, and ridden 3 more different ones since I got my own.
During that time how much was spent on actually handling the horse, learning stable management?
50%. Now it's 80%.
Who taught you feed requirements? A combination of my coach/BO and horsey books.
How experienced were you, truthfully, before you bought your own horse? I had a fair amount of experience. I've definitely learned a lot since I started going to the barn every day and helping out with barn chores.
How much instruction did you take after purchasing your own horse?
A year and counting.