Well, my first post was here....which covers the issue of who and what I am pretty well. I'm a 38 year old female who is only now following her dream to learn about horses and train to compete as a hobby. I've always loved animals and this has been something I've wanted to do for a long time. My grandfather on my mother's side was a rancher out in Nebraska and my grandfather on my dad's side was a rancher in Oregon...so I have a long history of horse blood in my family. It was just something that I never had the opportunity to pursue...until now.
I've been training for about four months now and loving it. I found a great family of trainers in my local area that have a lot of experience in competing at the national level. I eventually would like to compete in reining although I've been advise to start with something like equitation or showmanship to get me broken into the show world.
In the four months I've been training, I've learned a lot about grooming and horsemanship. I've mucked stalls (although the OCD component in my brain feels the need to clean the stalls a little more in depth then is normal) and become an unofficial groom for the stables, I think. I believe that its important for people to become involved in the stables where they train...so I've done what I can to do that. We are starting a 4-H group there in the spring and I will be one of the co-leaders.
I'm a bookworm and have been reading everything I can on horses...through books and the internet. I stand over the farrier and watch him when he's at the stables. I ask millions of questions. There's so much to learn!
Eventually I will be leasing my own horse to train with...and currently in the process of learning all I can about that process and what type of horse will work best for me. I like the bigger horses and since I want to learn reining, I think a quarterhorse will be my best bet. I love the bay and palomino coloration and for some reason, I adore geldings over mares. I will eventually own my own horse...but I want to delve into that world slowly when I am certain I can handle the responsibility and can commit to keeping a horse safe and happy for a long time to come. =-)
I've had a minor setback in my training. Details are in the link above. Any advice is welcome.
I'm glad to have found a place to talk to fellow horse lovers. Besides the stables, its hard to find anyone to talk to about horses. I have a friend in Texas that is a breeder (who actually was the one that talked me into persuing my dream) but I only talk to him once in a blue moon unfortunatly.