Hi, I am new to this forum and brand new to owning a horse. I am 67yrs old (yep you are seeing right
) and have wanted a horse my whole life. I lived and worked in the city (New Orleans) and had wolf/dogs for 15yrs. Well after Katrina I lost most everything and "replanted" to south west Louisiana close to the Texas border, bought a few acres and retired from working. I began volunteering at a stable close by to learn what I could about horses. I have handled everything from studs to foals (on the ground lol) but have only ridden a few times. Most of my knowledge is in care, upkeep, nutrition, worming, vacc's etc. I just purchased a beautiful 12yr old cutting mare (everything here is western) from the man who owned the stable (waiting on her papers now). I have ridden her 2x and found her to be a sweet tempered animal. I hope to start riding (weather permitting) within the next month (buying all my tack and stuff). I have no aspirations of showing or competing, I just want to pleasure ride with my friends. I am finding out that what "they say" is true: The cheapest thing about owning a horse is buying it
. Anyway I will probably be doing a lot of "lurking" for awhile to read and learn what I can before I begin asking tons of questions. I guess that's it for now except I am glad that I found a place for beginners.