We are lucky to live here, in many, many ways. At this point in time, depending on where you live, there are lots of open spaces, countryside in which to ride. You have to be living in the right place, though. Most Americans are totally out of touch with the whole horse culture thing. It's not as much a part of our accepted culture here as it is over in the UK. I've been over there to England and Ireland 4 times, and loved it. The countryside was beautiful. The horses were a blast to ride. I've always admired the natural way horses tend to be handled over there, and the riders just go out and have fun riding. It seems many people in the UK have a natural horse sense that's missing in many parts over here.
I hope things over there make a u-turn politically before it's too late, as you'll end up losing all of your agriculture land altogether. It's a threat here in the USA, as well. If the EPA has it's way, all of our farms (dairy, cattle and horse farms) will be closed down, and if PETA had it's way, all of our horses, dogs, cats and birds would be set free to roam the streets and woods and fend for themselves. Anyway, right now it's a great country to live in. I hope you enjoy your stay here, and add a lot to our horse community while you're here. Personally, I'd like to move to Australia. . . guess the grass is always greener. . . .Lol.