I would say start reading horse books, go to a local riding stable and watch. (ask first if it's ok to watch, some don't like watchers)
Watch everything, the way people are with their horses, some lessons, feeding time. Etc.
Find some local horse shows to go watch.
That's a good place to start, because if you don't like just watching and being around horses, you probably won't want to do anything more. (just my 2 cents)
From someone who has been around horses their whole life, I don't know what it would be like to not know anything about horses.
I have always been around horses in one way or another. They are pretty inescapable when it comes to being on a farm. I have never disliked being around horses, but I never liked being up close with them, as I had a rather ridiculous fear of being trampled by large animals when I was little. That is no longer an issue.
I've fed one and petted one before, but that is about it. I wouldn't exactly call that experience.
I'm more concerned about general upkeep and daily chores. Animals require care and there is no way of getting around it. Even if I hired out the work, and I do plan on hiring some help so I can enjoy the good parts without so much of the unpleasant work like cleaning out stalls and such, what if that hired help was not available? What if my hired help got sick suddenly or if they quit without notice? I need to be prepared, willing and able to care for a horse on my own.
I'm not shy of hard work, but I do not like the idea of taking on the care of an animal that I am not fully prepared for. Like my other animals, I know how to care for them and would be able to care for all of them on a daily basis if I had to do all of the work solo. I believe that I should not take on the responsibility of caring for a horse if I am not prepared to shoulder their care by myself in the event of emergency, or for any extended period of time as well.
It seems like I need to read more into the different kinds of training available and to further deliberate on my ownership goals.
It would be a shame to go out and purchase a beautiful, quality show worthy horse and not be an owner worthy of having such a creature.
What good would it be to have such a magnificent animal, yet be so poor in skill that I would not be able to work with the horse and have it live up to it's potential?
Training and preparing myself to own a horse is laying down a solid foundation upon which I can build and achieve what I want to achieve.
It is important that I get this right.
I need to get me some good books on the subject.
Does anyone have some recommendations?