So, long story short, my neighbors (super nice people) went out and bought 3 horses. We live in a rural area, and although I say neighbors, they are about 1/4 mile away. They know nothing about horses, and the only reason I knew they got them is that I caught a glimpse of them when coming up the driveway through the trees.
I called, offered help, and have been giving them guidance on grooming, feeding, handling, etc. I stand for the farrier, and arranged for an equine nutritionist. I am also arranging (and standing) for dental care and vet services. These horses were all ridden quite extensively before. They purchased a 12H pony mare, 8 years old, an 8yo Shire Mare, and a 16H 10yo gelding.
I consider myself of intermediate experience, and offer all the help I can give, while also letting them know when to call in for experts. A friend of mine from the barn works with them twice a week (for a fee) for more experienced guidance, and their younger daughter is taking lessons weekly at my barn. I am a solid rider, but sometimes have confidence issues on horses I don't know. The horses have paddocks and shelter, and are well taken care of. However, there is no round pen, ring, or really any fenced in area to ride.
I am just recovering from reconstructive wrist surgery a few months ago, so these horses haven't been ridden yet (except for a few pony rides on the pony). Well....until yesterday. I tacked up and rode their gelding yesterday. Started with small circles, slowly increasing their size as my confidence increased. What a good boy! It was a risk for me, as I've only ridden a few times since surgery, but I felt strongly about him being ridden before the snow comes. I definitely need to work on a few things. He's very headstrong (listened to me but we struggled for a minute), doesn't back up, etc. It's nothing I can't work through with time. I also have plenty of professional support available to me, and I'll ask for help when I need it.
Anyway, I realize I'm basically rambling, but I'm extremely proud of myself. I've had major confidence issues in the past, but for once I was able to put them aside, take a risk, and ride. It was amazing! I'll continue to ride him once or twice a week until the snow comes, and then he'll get a break until Spring.