I am a barefoot hoofcare provider and have been riding horses for 20 yrs almost and was even born in the 'Year of the Horse'...so I think it is not just a passing phase (which my parents were always convinced it would be!). I learned riding english while living in Germany, and had a short stint as a teen, during which I wanted to be a Cowgirl and rode and "lived" western, LOL. I am an avid trail rider at heart (though I still love dressage and wish I had easy arena access) and am now totally obsessed with endurance riding. I reallllllyyy want to get a good side saddle (but endurance sucks up all my disposable funds right now) and think it would be totally awesome to be the "first" (at least that I have heard of) to ride a 50mile endurance ride aside. I am currently conditioning and getting ready to campaign my Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse stallion, Firestorm, (follow us on www.stallionadventures.blogspot.com) and he'd be perfect (due to his great nature and smooth gaits) for that wild fantasy... Here is a "sidesaddle" picture of us...it was this year's Holiday Card and I got on him bareback aside for the shots :) I also have 3 other horses and take care of and ride a fourth.