I'm really excited to have found this forum! I just joined this afternoon, and look forward to countless stimulating conversations.
A horse crazy artist, author, and lover of all things imaginative, I am best known around cyberspace as Silvermare. I have an intense interest in horse breeds, and have been studying them since the second grade. I am well into adulthood now, and that interest has only grown. I have come here specifically to further my research into the development of every horse breed (including ones that are now extinct), and their histories, cultures, influences, and everything else pertaining to them. However, I'm likely to dive into discussions on just about anything horse related.
Unfortunately, I currently live in Southeast Alaska. This is an amazingly beautiful place, but it's horrible for horses. The southeastern end of the state is a temperate rainforest, and while winters here are extraordinarily mild compared to the rest of the state (temperatures hover between 20 and 40 degrees Farenheit with only a few days of truly bitter cold), the constant wet takes its toll on horses. Rain rot and hoof rot are common here, as is moldy hay. Appropriate land for turnout is very rare due to the abundance of muskeg (think quicksand, only deceptively covered in grass). The most prestigious stable around managed to find land that is pine free, flat, on solid ground, and has ample room for a large pasture. Unfortunately, even they were forced to comprimise: they must "share" their pasture with the tide, and it is under a foot or more of salt water every time the tide peaks. Complicating matters even more is the high cost of importing feed and bedding, since it must be shipped in on a barge. Up until only a few years ago, there were too few large animal vets and farriers in the region, so such specialists needed to be flown in from Anchorage or Seattle, given room and board, etc., in addition to their fees. Oh, and did I mention the bears, wolves, and wolverines? YIKES! Thus, I don't own a horse, and don't anticipate having one in the foreseeable future. So, do you mind if I experience horses vicariously through you?
I look forward to seeing you around the forums!