Candy, I was a town kid who loved horses but could never have one. When in college I would walk 1/2 mile to the bus, ride 40 minutes then walk 2 miles up the road so I could muck out stalls and groom horses for 2 hours so I could then ride for an hour or so. Worth every minute of it. We have our choice of mounts. I rode everything from a quarter horse to a retired Thoroughbred to a Clydesdale!!! Loved them all. My favorite was a bay mare who was soo smooth and just a great horse all around. If I had a horse I would never need a gym either, you're a lucky lady! <3