I like horses a lot, although I've never ridden properly; my sister Rachel has been doing it since she was seven, and the fact that her horse-love lasted not only through secondary school but also college and beyond (she gets up at seven in the morning to go to the stables even after her wildest nights out) indicates that she'll keep it up forever. She's only just out of college now, and on a gap year in Australia, but I think when she gets back she'll start her professional horse career, and when she does, I might finally get her to teach me all about the beasts.
I always think I'm a total city person, but I think it's really that I loathe small Irish towns. I do love the countryside, and would be happy to live outside Dublin if I could live in a big house in the country rather than a semi-detached in Naas. The thought of living in a house like Bryan's, being able to go out in the morning and ramble around the countryside, having all that space - it's just so appealing.
Of course, if I did move into somwhere like that, I would probably be wailing and demanding all my friends and libraries and shops and the Stag's Head within a week, but the idea is still lovely.