Getting back into horses.
I figured I'd start this thread to keep track of my progress, now that things are really starting to roll. I'm going to put down my starting point, my goals, and what I'm currently doing to achieve those goals. So, here it goes:
I started getting into horses when I was two years old. I loved them from the moment I saw my first pony. My mom worked for a lady who owned horses and ponies, and I rode them whenever I could.
When I was three, I moved to Texas, and for years I went through a riding drought due to my parent's financial situation. Sure, there were intermittent pony rides, summer camps, even a lesson or two, but slowly my interest waned.
Fast forward to about three years ago ago. I found a barn in Royse City through my high school biology teacher. We visited there to do a field study. I had forgotten in those long years of not being around horses how good it makes me feel.
Last year, my parents bought a Groupon for a discounted riding lesson at a local trail ride company. I had been struggling with my depression and anxiety, but the moment I got on that horse, a Quarter Horse named Bandit, I found my confidence again. I rode once more under the discounted price at this company before the offer expired.
A little bit later, a friend of my therapist offered lessons in natural horsemanship for me and a friend. She eventually had to stop because she moved to a new barn, but I learned so much about horse handling in the few short weeks that she was able to teach us.
Now, with my interest rekindled, I looked for more ways closer to home that I could get involved with horses. I found a lady in my city who is leasing her two geldings and is offering lessons so that I can spruce up my riding, and I'm starting to volunteer at a local therapeutic riding center.
Now for my goals. I want first and foremost to become a horse trainer and therapeutic riding instructor. Second, I want to learn and compete in dressage. I don't necessarily need to get to Grand Prix, but I do want to try it.
I'll update this thread with any new developments.