But a few months ago I was itching to ride and leased a Welsh Cob/ThoroxPerch mare up the road. This led to seeking out my own mount which I did this December and now own a 19yo snowflake reg Appaloosa (but she's 50% Thoro) eventing and dressage trained mare named Smudge.
I board her about 4 miles from my house and ride at least 4x/wk and take a lesson once a month with dressage trainer, Jessica Wisdom. I'm planning on learning dressage with Smudge and maybe one day when I'm a better rider and if I'm not too chicken I'll try her out on jumps as she's supposed to be a fabulous jumper (see my avatar).
So, here I am on a new quest, starting from nearly scratch again - still a newbie horse owner, of poor fitness and overweight, and beginner rider - but with a lot of desire to learn the craft and perfect it as I can. I plan to enjoy the ride.
Here's a not so great pic of Smudge at my house the day she arrived: