Phew, it's great to know I'm not the only one!
I remember being a young girl and looking at the livestock classifieds in the local paper. My mom caught me on the phone with a woman (i was only 12) trying to arrange a deal for working in exchange for riding. I wasn't what the woman was looking for, but she appreciated my drive and how much I was willing to do for a horse. She ended up having me do stable work in exchange for lessons. Too bad that only lasted a few months....
I never outgrew this, apparently. I'm just waiting for the right moment when I find that perfect situation that I can't turn down.
Chevaux, that is some very practical reasoning.
Gunslinger, I really do believe that! I can't wait!