Hi there HFers! Nice to finally “meet” you!
I’ve been lurking for quite some time on the forum, and finally decided to poke my nose out and say “hello”. I enjoy reading this forum a lot, and it’s great to see such an active place with members who are eager to help one another. I’m looking forward to being more active and getting to know the folks here better.
I’m 30, female, divorced, and living in the capital city of Pennsylvania. I work as a business analyst and project manager in the corporate office of a national retailer (you probably have one in your town or close by), in the Loss Prevention department. It is not nearly as exciting as it sounds, but it pays the bills and puts food on my table, so I can’t complain too much. Nobody’s listening anyhow
I live with a roommate, his two cats (I get all the benefits of pets without having to clean up after them ), and an extremely ancient ferret I inherited from my ex-husband. He spends most of his days sleeping, eating, stealing anything crinkly he can get his grubby little claws on, and then sleeping some more. In my spare time, I write a blog that is updated approximately “when I feel like it”, and I also write short stories and poetry. I also like doing crafts, volunteering with my local nature preserve, anything historical, dinosaurs and fossil hunting, fantasy and sci-fi books and movies, and also spending time with my currently-long-distance boyfriend, nicknamed Wolf (we live 3 hours apart, way to go internet dating!).
In terms of equines, I’ve owned, leased, done minor training, and ridden sporadically since I was about 15. I’ve handled and worked with a number of different breeds and sizes including minis, QHs, TWHs, haflingers, draft crosses, mules, and percherons. I rode western and did mainly trail riding, and touched briefly on learning driving.
Sadly my last boy died suddenly from colic in January of 2011, a wonderful, gentle, HUGE teddy bear of a draft mule named Buddy that had belonged to a former classmate of mine. He forever enamored me to long-ears and I still miss him. Unfortunately by the time he passed my marriage was circling the drain, and I couldn’t afford another animal.
I’m really hoping to change that this year, as soon as I can smooth out my financial situation (still unburying myself from divorce-related stuff ) and get my credit back on track from that period.
I am also a larger person, but have been steadily chipping away at weight loss since last year (lost 60 lbs last year, gained a little back, but have lost what I gained and a few more so far this year), but it will be a while before I’m comfortable getting back in the saddle. Not only because of the weight, but I definitely also have some fear and confidence issues related to riding. I’ve got a few ideas I’m bouncing around to get me back into the horse world, though. I look forward to sharing them with you and picking your brains!
And yes, as you'll find out, I'm wild about mules and donkeys!
So once again, pleased t’meetcha, HF!