I started out at 11 working (for free) driving and riding pony teams getting them ready for others to show. We didn't know much, no formal lessons, and no-one to tell us what we were asking the horses to do couldn't be done...so tried everything. I really loved flying over the jumps, racing thru the woods and barrel racing. Usually bareback. Speed demon I guess.
Then finally I had my own horse, and he had to do everything & anything I wanted. The only thing I didn't do was ride "English" cause my friends and I thought they were sissies wearing a hat and staying in an arena.
Until the one day I was jumping out in the woods in my western saddle and the dratted horn nailed me in the chest. So I decided I would take lessons somewhere to learn how to "do it right".
So, I converted to the jumpers and loved it. Time passed, marriage & kids, no time for horses. Then one day I just went out and bought one. Couldn't stand not riding another minite. Told my husband after the fact LOL.
This habbit of buying horses continued, and more time passed. Then I bought this appaloosa/TB cross mare for my husband to ride so we could ride together. I picked her out for him because she was big, and he was (is) 6'4" tall.
She turned out to be much more horse than he could handle so I took her over. (gee, didn't see that one coming LOL) I discovered that she hated anyone coming anywhere near her too. She would leap out if a horse came within 20 feet of her. This did not make it easy to do the type of showing I was doing and we nearly ran over a judge in one class. BTW he placed us third...
So, still liking the mare, I searched to find a sport where I could ride this mare in a ring, by herself. Low and behold, Dressage! Perfect.
Once I got started, I couldn't quit...I've competed successfully up thru First level, schooling second.Still a long way to go to say I've done it all:)
Last edited by AnitaAnne; 08-31-2012 at 03:26 PM.