I am getting a horse! I am getting a horse! I haven't had a horse of my own to ride since I was 15!! Before that I was a very serious competitor in our local hunter/jumper circut. I ate, slept, lived and breathed riding. A series of events took me from it though. One of which was being sent to bording school where they didn't let you off of the property let alone have horses. But that in it of it self is a whole other topic. So I love, love, love to ride english hunter/jumper. That is where my passion for horses was develouped into full blown obsession :). I do enjoy a relaxing ride in an western saddle but it just does not pose the same physical challange that I so enjoy. That being said, I am a mother of 3 now. With LOTS of responsibilities. I could't afford to break an arm or a leg falling off of a green horse and I don't seem to bounce the way I did when I was a kid. So I want a fairly well broke horse.
I have 3 little girls who love animals and my 6 year old LOVES horses and riding. I am assuming at least 2 if not all 3 of my girls will love horses as I do. As they are so young they need a VERY well broke horse to make mommy feel comfortable. I do have the miniatures but after about 6/7 the kids have out grown them.
Here is my question: Do I go out and purchase my dream horse, finally doing one thing that may be a tad bit selfish on my part, so that I can fullfill this dream of mine?? Or do I make a comprimise for my families sake and get a horse that the entire family can enjoy and that my daughter could use in 4-H?
I want to start looking for my horse but I have put it off because of this one question. I guess I don't know where to start looking. So let me have your advice. What would you do in this situation?