I don't have a horse, so I have a lesson a week and I help volunteer at therapeutic riding one day a week. I'm at an intermediate stage now (I can w/t/c and have jumped very low crossrails once) But I really enjoy it! I am definitely a minority since I am a male and I started riding at 13, and only seriously at 14 but oh well!
A lot of people say I am amazing for the amount of time I've been riding, and even though I don't believe it, I thank this forum. I've learned a lot and I've been linked to many articles that really helped and its really great!
I've thought about owning a horse, but it doesn't make sense because I'll be leaving for university in about 3-4 years and we are in no financial place to do so. However, I am sure I will lease eventually! I also may do IEA in a year since you don't require a horse and it seems like a great experience!!!
I only ride my lesson horse once a week, Hawk, and occasionally ride my dad's friends horse just for fun, and eventually may start riding horses at our vacation house.