I took lessons for around four years and leased for two. The horse I leased was an Appaloosa gelding who was really just the sweetest boy (to me at least- he used to nip nearly everyone else
). I usually rode him bareback or with a light English saddle and hackamore, and while it took awhile to get to that point, we had completely trusted one another. he was, for all intents and purposes, my horse, who I intended on buying. However, couple of years ago, he had to be put down due to a genetic neurological issue, and it completely broke my heart- so much so that I stopped riding altogether. At the same time, school and two competitive sports became a lot more hectic, and while I always
wished I could ride again, it just wasn't practical until now. I take lessons once or twice at my local stable and surprisingly, it was like riding a bike. In my two years off, I had ridden some pretty green horses that belonged to friends, so a lesson horse was pretty straightforward.
Ever since I was little, I've wanted my own horse, and am now finally in a place where I can buy one and know I will be able to care for it for the next ten plus years. For me, horses were never about riding- they are so much more than that. My horse (or, the one that I leased) was my best friend, and for the most part, I did my recreational riding on trails, only doing lessons to ensure I had good habits.
I may sound crazy for a new horse owner, but I really want to raise a weanling. And no, that doesn't mean training- I am completely aware of how disastrous that can be. I want to be able to have a companion that I can watch grow up, and that's really the sole reason. It imagine it's difficult, but I think the challenge will be heaps of fun. Plus, after three more years of lessons, I'll probably be more ready to handle a young horse.
So, those are my thoughts. Since I'm a new member I may as well include the fact that I have three bunnies (which I am convinced are tiny horses) and a gigantic bernese pup.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Discouragrements?