Great thread - loving reading about everyones life/horses. So, must be my turn.
I'm 35, married to a very understanding OH who thankfully loves the horses nearly as much as me. I combine being a full time mum to my 18 month old daughter, with looking after our small shetland stud, with running Project Horses, along with various other little bits to bring in the pennies to keep the ponies - shetland pony pedigree research, shetland pony training to saddle & harness as well as behavioural problems, handling the unhandled pony (not just shets), a bit of stable management teaching (am qualified up to Stage 3 / 4 & part way thru BSc Equine Science) - whatever I can really.
We have 17 shetlands currently - two stallions, one colt, nine mares & five fillies - along with up to 7 foals due this year! You can see them all on my website - www.varkiesstud.co.uk
As well as the shetlands, I own five larger horses/ponies. Most important of all is my wonderful mare Tia. Tia is a Welsh Section D, but not perhaps your typical D. I don't have enough time to tell you how wonderful she is. Needless to say, she is my 'horse of a lifetime'. She is currently in foal, due in April 2008 - I'm both very excited & very terrified. Once her foal is born & older, she will start back in work, and we'll be working towards competing in dressage. This is Tia:
This is Lengueto V, the PRE stallion that Tia is in foal to:
I also currently own a native pony called Gotham, but he will hopefully shortly be off to a new home. This is Gotham: http://www.varkiesstud.co.uk/html/gotham.html
Then there is Peni pony - our shetland x welsh native pony, who we got to be a companion to Tia, but has turned out to be so much more. Following my backing her as an 8 year old (she was only broken to drive before), she now turns her hoof to anything, and is a fab kids pony, and a PC alrounder:
I have two other natives I own, a Sec D, and a Sec A, who are both out on loan, with option to buy, should their loaners ever want to - and I hope they do, as both are perfectly placed, which is wonderful, as both came to me absolutely chock full of issues. You can see them here: http://www.varkiesstud.co.uk/html/hero.html
This is my wonderful OH with my mare Tia:
This is my little daughter, Willow:
This is me when I got married a few years ago:
Finally, this is our wonderful dog, whom we adopted from EMW a few years ago - Fern, BC x Lab - most loving little dog you've ever met: