I have always thought horses were beautiful animals, but the closest I could get as a kid to owning a horse was my "My Little Pony" collection!
I rode a little as a child whenever visiting someone who had horses (which wasn't often).
In September last year my husband and I were at a friend's house who had just purchased a quiet, lazy QH. I rode her around his farm and encouraged my husband (who never rides) if he was remotely interested in riding she would be great because of her disposition. In all of his macho-ness he decided, although he was inexperienced, he wanted to go faster than a walk. Long story short, he lost his balance and smashed his wrist.
In October (yes, the next month!), I decided I wanted to begin riding lessons to become a better rider, and in December decided I would like my own horse.
Despite the surgery, hospital bills, and therapy appts he supported me! ANd will actually come out to the barn and ride every once in a while himself.....and is content with a walk!