I love horses. I always have. I was the same as you as a child, LOVED the Saddleclub books and the Black Stallion.
I didn't get to grow up around them, but my husband did. I went riding often as a child, never had lessons, but at friend's houses a lot. And my favorite thing about vacationing in the Smokey's was the horseback rides. I often joke that the only thing I ever wanted that my parents didn't give me was my own horse. (I fully admit I was spoiled *** rotten) Now, I'm just too fat LOL.
But..... In 34 more lbs that is the first treat I am giving myself. My co-worker owns about 10 horses and we're planning on a trail ride this spring on the beach. I'm really excited!
And next year.... we're building a house on 3+ acres out in the boonies. My husband has already promised me a horse when it's completed
There are a many shelters and ranches around here that took in unwanted horses when the economy went south so I'm thinking an older horse with experience to start out on. The same co-workers daughter teaches riding lessons and she's offered to help.
I really can't wait. I love animals in general and I ever win the lottery I'd open a giant rescue. But alas..... if wishes were horses LOL.....