I just joined this community. I grew up in the city and NEVER rode horses. I moved where I live now about a year and a half ago and my sister's friend gave her an Arabian gelding (MHR Ive Arrived) because she got a new horse and couldn't keep 2 horses at once, and they were having no luck selling him. The first time I rode was in October of 2005 and my barn specializes in American Saddlebreds.
Needless to say, by December, I was in love with a mare for sale named Ledgewind's Sassy Sal (AKA "Dixie") and by March, I managed to come up with the money to buy her. She and I have done 2 shows together already and we're doing well in Academy. I want to get out by the end of next summer, but I'm a college student (paying my own tuition) and supporting a horse, so I'm not sure if I can afford to. Anyway, I just thought it would be cool to chat with other people who are interested in the sport. :)