Re: Mare and Foal?
I rode throughout my childhood and to, was made to give up because of my exams.
I had a 20 year break then took it all up again and after a couple of years bought Tommy who was 4, I've had him almost 5 years now and wouldn't change a thing. However, what I will say is I would have been better off with an older and wiser horse, no one died along the way but the 20 year gap led to me not being as confident as i perhaps thought i was. He had never been on a hack and I just hack so we had some scary moments along the way.
I'd say be honest with yourself about your abilities, its all very romantic haveing a little foal to bring on and develop into your perfect horse but whos to say the foal will be perfect, they all have their own personalities. I got a youngster last year and got very very lucky as he hasn't tried or tested me in any way he's been perfect but thats not to say if i got another one it would be the same, it could be a handful that i couldn't cope with or have the knowledge to sort out.
I wouldn't recommend what you are planning, one horse is a good start, one that can help you get back into things, they are a lot of work, which i'm sure you already know, a mare would need to be re backed, brought slowly back to work and a foal weaned if you think you have the knowledge and understanding required for it then I guess its not a problem, if you don't then don't try it.