The Many Adventures of a Horse Newbie.
Yes, the title is correct, am am new to horses. So new, in fact, I don't even have a horse and probably will not for at least a year. This blog/journal type thing is not only to document my own misadventures in both gaining more experience and attempting to buy myself a horse, but also to get any sort of information possible.
So lets start with the beginning, shall we? I am a 17 year old art student, bound for her foundation year for a BFA. Will she go for a Masters? Who knows. Anyway, this whole 'moving away to school' thing, as well as the whole 'starving artist' thing are providing to be the two biggest difficulties in obtaining a horse, but we'll get to that later. I love such active and vigorous sports as reading, writing, drawing, painting, watching movies, laying in the grass..... ok, I bike, swim and ski too. And ride, when I can, though not as often as I would like. A few other things I am passionate (read: obsessive) about are Doctor Who, goldfish, and the Disney parks. But lets get on to horses before this starts reading too much like a date ad and I find myself typing about how much I love long walks on the beach.
I wasn't lucky enough growing up to be around horses much. At best my Mom thinks they are pretty and I'm faily sure my Dad thinks horses are a type of dog he happens to be alergic to. However, I was able to sqeeze about two years of lessons when I was younger. I got up to simple jumping and, for some crazy reason, trick riding when the stable I was learning at changed owners and, well, it was time to leave. That was 7-10 years ago, and since then it was rare to even get around horses, rarer still to get to ride them. So my riding/horse care skills are a little, er, rusty, to say the least. But I've filled the years with learning as much as I can about horses, from their evolutionary history, to breeds, to anatomy. Of course I sketch and paint horses, they are a favorite subject of mine. But I can still say that I am barely above the level of newbie that loves 'horsies' and wants a fanciful unicorn to keep in her backyard. Right now anyway.
The plan is to get myself involded in anything involving horses, possibly to pick up again with lessons and/or volunteer at a stable. And, of course, read up on horse care and join, say, a horse forum. And save, save, save for a horse. Then the plan is, after a year or two, to board a horse. That said, if for some reason or other I just can't care for a horse properly I'll just have to wait a while longer. I've waited 17 years, a few more years can't hurt.
So, well, that's it for now I think. Anyone have any advice or stories to help a newbie on her way?