I'm going to try so hard to keep this as short as I can :)
Thinking back to when I was as young as I can remember in my conscious mind, I've always loved horses. Growing up in NYC, the only way I could really be close to horses, in my mind was to draw them; which is what me lead to my career path as a graphic designer. Being in the big city, it was never really an option for me to be around any real horses as much as I needed/wanted, unfortunately. Several years ago I moved down to TN with my family, and have been getting myself ready to make that all change.
Today, I closed on a 6 acre piece of property no more than a couple of miles from where I currently live. There are no buildings on the property, just fencing (oooold fencing, which I'm actually going to go through and replace with safer alternatives), a decent size pond, and a couple of mature white oaks with various other trees that I still need to identify. The property was part of a 20 acre horse farm that has been cut into 3 separate parcels, but is still currently a rotational home to 5 horses and has been for the past several years (at the very least, the past 10). I somewhat know the man who has been leasing the property, and he's been helpful so far. I'll have to ask him some obvious questions, like; I'm not entirely sure what type of grass it is currently seeded with, It smells sweat, though I'm sure I can easily figure out what it is once I get out there and actually try (I was more concerned about the trees when buying).
I just absolutely am in shock. I worked so incredibly hard for this moment, and even though I am just now seriously starting to look for a pair of horses, the fact that I've come this far has been a mile stone. I'm so excited that I can barely focus, I can't really sleep! All I have been doing is working and researching as much as I can about absolutely anything and everything and stealing some rest when I can.
My father has several friends in town that own horse farms, and has been a huge, huge help in getting me set up. I've already got my hay supplier lined up, and he's pretty OCD about his product so I'm pretty confident in that. At this point I need to talk to people about farriers and vets (there are a ton, I just want to make sure I pick a good one). I will probably speak with my instructor and get her input on everything as well.
The first two steps I think will be to go through all the fencing (basically redoing it all, it's old and I think the spacing between the grids of the no climb looks like a hoof can fit through) and in the meantime I've started to draw up some designs for a 2 stall barn since the plan is to start on that this winter. Ideally I would like to do 2 stalls, tack room, feed room, and a lean to outside with a concrete pad for wash, etc. Thankfully I'll be saving on labor since my father is a woodworker and has built similar structures (though admittedly not as large), but can handle it with the help of some of his buddies and myself wherever I can.
Oh, and before I forget, some pictures (waiting for a non gloomy, rainy day to go take better pictures).