I've been browsing the forum for a few weeks now but I finally bit the bullet and decided to register because I definitely think I can get more out of the forum this way.
I am currently horseless, but I have been riding since I was 12 years old (mainly Dressage and Jumping). I previously owned an Appaloosa mare and, more recently, an Irish Sport Horse gelding that I was raising from a 4 year old for competing in Eventing eventually. I had him for about three years and then sold him about four years ago (the last time I rode) to a show home where he could progress much further in higher levels of competition than what I was capable of getting to. He's doing fantastic (although I miss him...) and I'm happy his new owner is able to take him to where he can go.
While I don't have horses right now, I am (or will be hopefully soon) in the market for some once my husband and I purchase a house. While we now live in a VERY horse friendly community, the downside is that everyone has their own barn/property so there are no boarding facilities (and nobody offering lessons) within 200mi. So I am stuck waiting until I have my own horse(s) to start riding again, unfortunately. I do help out with friend's horses and there is a horse rescue here as well that I can volunteer at so at least I'm not totally without contact.
I previously did Dressage, Jumping, and was focusing on going into Eventing, but as that type of riding is hard to come by in my area, I think I have decided to switch my riding interest to Endurance as that is HUGE here and has always been a second interest to me. I also recently found a mentor who lives near me who is willing to help guide me once I get my own horse again.
Anyways, besides horses I also have 4 dogs, 8 cats, and 2 ferrets. I am the K9 Unit Captain for one of our local Search & Rescue teams and I am the Lead Trainer for the other SAR K9 Units in the area.
I look forward to talking to and learning from everyone here!