Hi everyone 1st post. Looking for general opinions/advice and maybe just conversation. Back story; Iâ€™m currently 37. When I was in my teens I lived for everything that was horse. Iâ€™ve never owned a horse but spent a lot of allowances on lessons and for every birthday present for a few years I got to go to horse camp for a couple of weeks each summer. I would probably call my self an confident advanced beginner. However, that was 20 years ago. Life and family happened. Iâ€™m looking to get back in the horse world. Iâ€™m not sure what my ultimate goal is. My heart says I want a horse of my own but my brains a little afraid that maybe it was a childhood fantasy, you know? Iâ€™m beginning volunteering at a local rescue next week for 1. See if itâ€™s as wonderful as I remember and 2. Get experience in horse care (mucking, grooming, etc) in case this really is something I want to go forward with. After that Iâ€™m debating wether I should try leasing a horse first before I purchase one to get even more hands on time or just go straight to picking out my horse). Currently if I bought a horse I would have to board it someplace close(lots of choices in my area). We are fixing up the home we live in in the hopes to sell in a year or two and move to a place with some acreage. The cost of boarding vs leasing is pretty much even in what Iâ€™ve been able to research around here. I guess Iâ€™m curious what others think? Is this a reasonable plan, would anyone recommend additional steps? Also, would you lease or buy? If you made it this far thanks for reading all of that. I look forward to hearing from everyone.