Hey! I'm also one of those who has never owned a horse. I had lessons from age 9-13 and then quit as the stable was too far away (about an hour and a half drive) and my sister quit so my parents didnt wanna drive me all the way out there anymore. The only stable closer to home, where I could have gone by myself, was a LOT more expensive, and we just didnt have that kind of money. I did spend most of my days (winter, rain, snow, hail, sunshine
) On the central square in my city, where there were a couple of carriages from a company which did tours for tourists. In the 3 year that I hung around there I learned a lot, and became quite close with the drivers and the horses! I even learned the basics of driving from them, and knew most of the 'tourist guide' by heart, since they often let me come along on tours.
When I moved to Argentina I found a stable, which is where I now have 1 or 2 lessons a week. I've started jumping (looooowwww haha) on the lesson horses there. The one thing I miss is the caring for the horses, since the barn has grooms who do EVERYTHING (tacking up, cinching up, takign the horse to the mounting block) So the only thing I get to is ride, while I would like to gain more experience all other areas of horsemanship :)
Since my university is right between the stable where I ride and the racetrack (NOT a horsey study btw!!) I spend my breaks sitting next to the pens where there is a gorgeous gelding I have absolutely fallen in love with over the last two weeks. I sit there 4x10-20 minutes a day, and he's started nickring when he sees me coming. He is my dreamhorse, but I dont think he's for sale, and I am not in the position to own a horse at the moment anyway :( I can only hope that when I do get to the point where I'm looking to buy, he will be available :)
Funny story what happened with him today, I was sitting on a high root next to his pen, and had my open waterbottle set between my knees while I was petting him (he puts his head over the fence and basically in my lap lol so cute!) he was investigating if he could eat it, and while he sniffed it he blew out and it made the low whistling noise you get when you blow over the top of a bottle. He jumped backwards and didnt feel like checking it out some more haha. He did put his head back over the fence though, albeit while keeping a close eye on the horse eating waterbottle!!
He's such a cutie... if only... IMG_20130207_095854.jpg