Hello there all, my names Sam. I'm eighteen, been in Florida all of my life, and been obsessed with horses for about as long (the story goes I was initially afraid of them, and then made myself go up and pet one!) I've been riding since I was thirteen, and my first time in the saddle I was trotting, I think that's what got me addicted to going fast. I leased an 11 y/o rescued Tennessee Walker for a bit, and he was a stubborn ass of an "old man", but I loved him. Then I was mostly just riding two or three different horses around the barn, till I fell off one of the owners newer rescues after she spooked and took off on me. So I took a break from riding for a bit, got a job, etc.,etc....and then some things happened in my life and I decided that I really needed to get back to horses, because they were kind of a lost love for me. So what do I do? I go and buy and 11 y/o OTTB. It really was love at first sight, everyone told me that I shouldn't do it, but I did and even if he doesn't like me all of the time, I love him. I'm currently in the process of re-training him (if he would just stop getting hurt....) and have learned a lot, definitely more than I think he's learned at this point. At this point I don't know whether horses will be a continued pursuit in my life or just a one time thing, but I definitely know its something that's going to change me!