While meandering through the numerous threads on allnurses, I see several people with either horse related pictures, or riding related usernames. I was curious to see how many nurses enjoy horses, have one of their own, and who out there rides!
As a pre-nursing student, I'm a bit worried about finding time to follow my passion for riding once I enter my ABSN program (haven't been accepted yet, but I'm thinking positively!). I've been riding for over 10 years, primarily hunter/jumper which I competed heavily with my own horse during my first BS degree. I did a brief stint of 3-day eventing in Texas and absolutely loved it, but once I moved back to south Florida, I found that it is pretty well nonexistent this far south. However, the bright side is that the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is basically my back yard, so I get to go to the big Grand Prix competitions and watch the Olympic riders. I am actually tutoring young riders this coming circuit on the show grounds themselves! It will be fun to hang around horses all day without the pressure of competition. Extra bonus, we will be located right next to the pony ring (those little ones on ponies are the cutest thing ever).
Currently, I ride with my friend who owns some top notch Dutch Warmblood horses. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing friend who is willing to let me ride these fabulous competition horses for free. I don't have the time or money to have my own horse or compete, but I'm hoping to be a horse owner again someday.
So now that I've told you my rather long-winded abbreviated story (I swear this is the shortened version!), I want to hear about yours!
(Wasn't sure whether this should be under "hobbies" or "animals", but I figured there are probably plenty of horse lovers who don't have the time or money to make horses their hobby.)