I'm new to the forum too. I'm from Florida. I grew up with my parents sort of dabling in horses. We had them off and on growing up, although the horses were never trained to ride. We loved them all the same and would often jump on board for a ride anyway.
Now that I am older, I have horses of my own. At 23 I am trying to learn everything I can about horses, their care, management, training, etc. I am also trying to learn to be a better rider...or to be more specific, to actually do some riding instead of just jumping on an unbroke horse and hoping for the best. ;)
Its been an adventure and I'm enjoying every minute of it. Its wonderful to meet people like you who have a love and appreciation for horses as well.
I wish you the very best.