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    05-14-2011, 02:23 AM
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Foal
Growing Up With Horses - Your story

I would love to hear how everyone has grown up around horses. This is my story so far! XD

I used to visit my pop and sit on his big thoroughbreds that were in racing. Pop just used to put me on their backs, and my big brother lead me around with their halters on. I used to cuddle into their manes, and hold on around their necks, they were awfully quiet with me on their backs.

Summer holidays Pop would let the riding school up north agist their ponies, and as soon as they came to his farm, I would go up their, choose the one I wanted, and they put a saddle on its back, I would climb on, put my feet out of the struipps and kick and these ponies would start cantering, and I would just sit their, struippless and just enjoy the ride, not to mention the thrill of galloping them bareback across his track! I was 9 then and couldnt see the risks. :P

When I was 10, I got my first horse, a stock horse named Penny. As soon as you'd click she would go into a full gallop, often leaving me on the ground! I then decided I needed to rethink my approach, and after having her for 1year, I moved on to my an off the track race horse, who would jog everytime I went on trail rides, (I thought this was the norm) HAHA. Mum wouldn't let me ride him anymore, and I was devasted. I never loved anything as much as I loved him!

That's when I was enrolled in riding lesson's, and quickly got bored. They had me on a lunge rope, and the ponies would do everything you wanted. I rode there for 6months and hated it. I wanted to ride big thoroughbreds, and by that time I realised my beautiful ott racehorse had died of a stomach problem. I cryed that whole night.

Mum purchased a little grey pony, who actually wasn't like any pony I had ridden, every ride he used to buck and bolt, and I would hang on laughing my head off at the attempts. We used to go galloping all the time, and jump as many things I could find. That's when we attened ponyclub, and I loved every second, the other ponies the people and the instructor was a nice lady and although she said I was eager, I need to retrain my brain to think of the horse I was riding..

I had him for only a year. I grew and he didn't, we sold him and again I was devasted. We lease another pony for 1year, who introduced me to showjumping, and we did very well.

Now Im 15, and realise that I could have been hurt many times on any of those horses. I own a beautiful thoroughbred, and I love him so much. I love how I have taught him everything, and we saved him from the meat factory. He are a team, and its like when he is galloping we are one.


What are your growing up with horse stories? (:
     
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    05-14-2011, 08:20 AM
  #2
Green Broke
I'm going on 40 but when I was 11 or 12 I had friends down the road that had ponies. So, they always had an extra pony for me. Loved it! They would come down to my house and tie the ponies across the road in the trees and come get me. Then we would take off and be gone all day long. Go exploring, and go build forts and play goofy games. Was the best memory in my entire childhood. Never was in any club but our own, never taught to ride, just did it. No trainers, no fancy stuff, just the average backyard rider. Took many spills, and not once gave a thought to safety. We would ride on other peoples property (mainly farmers fields).

No helmets, no saddles, just felt good for the freedom that was felt. Miss those days.
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    05-14-2011, 09:35 AM
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Weanling
I've lived across the street from a boarding stable my entire life. When I was 3, I started riding a very nice ladies horse named Margret. She was absolutely beautiful! I would ride with the lady holding on to me & I held the reins. Lol when I was 6 I got really close to a neighbor who boarded at the stable. She gave me lessons. During this time the BO's daughters horse had a gorgeous buckskin paint baby & I would spend hours playing in the field with the baby. The baby was named Mocha. My neighbor bought Mocha & put her into training when she was 3. I was never allowed to ride Mocha which drove me crazy! Finally they all gave up & let me ride her. Eventually I just kind of took over Mocha. Lol I started leasing her when I was 12, after I had sold my pony Delilah. So I grew up with my own horse, we've loved each other fully since day 1. I would be completely lost without her!
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    05-14-2011, 10:18 AM
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Showing
I have been on a horse technically since before I was born & riding before I could walk. My grandpa grew up with drafts used in the fields. In the late 50s he bought a farm, had a few working horses and a few years later (64 I think) he bought a black QH stallion Doc Woods, a son of Poco Dell. The family has been raising working foundation bred quarters since. My mom went to Findlay college and learned to train from Clark Bradley & Dale Wilkinson. She then taught me pretty much everything I know. I trained my first snaffle bit futurity champ at 14. Decided after high school, college and more money was priority. I spent several years as a stock broker & insurance agent. Got married, had my daughter and quit the corporate life. I have now bought my gpa's farm and am continuing the lines he started in the 60s with 2 of Doc's sons. I have been a stay at home mommy & back to horses full time for 6 years. Couldn't be happier, I never plan to wear a suit or skirt to work again. The barn beats an office any day! :)
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    05-14-2011, 07:45 PM
  #5
Yearling
We could never afford horses when I was growing up, so I never owned a horse. When I was 15, some people moved in a few minutes away that had horses, and they let my sister and me come over and ride in exchange for barn chores. We did that all through high school. We then decided to get our own horses, despite the fact that we would be in college. We spent over two years looking for horses, saving money, looking at barns to board in, etc until finally last february a friend of my dad's said he was selling his daughter's 9yo qh gelding and asked if my dad knew anyone that wanted him. Long story short, my sister and I own him now, and we couldn't be happier. He's the horse in my profile picture, it's from the day I bought him.
     
    05-14-2011, 10:57 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I've had horses for as long as I can remeber. The first horse memory I have is my older sister and I riding bareback on the old mare Rosie. I was about 3 or 4 at the time.

When we lived in town (from birth to about 10) I didn't have much contact with horses. I'd make my daddy take me with him when he went to the pasture and I'd jump on the old mare Sally Bell (Rosie had died of old age when I was young) and walk/trot around the pasture. She was lame from an old trailer accident and only useable as a very light riding horse. I wasn't aloud to ride the "big kid" horses unless my Dad was right there.

When we moved out to the country I was with the horses everyday, I started learning more, reading and watching anything I could find. I started riding my sisters barrel racing horse who was crazy in the arena and dead on the trail (unless you got him in a full gallop, then he wasn't stopping till something made him, scared the bejeezus outta you) and I learned the basics on him.

Chick soon got to old to ride much so I "graduated" to Coco. That mare was hell on hooves. She taught me how to ride, and not be a passenger. She was barn sour, buddy sour (any kinda sour you can think of she had it), she hated saddles (probably had too many ill fitting ones), Threw her head in the air when you bridled her. She bucked and kicked and bit. She even charged you in the pasture. I worked with her all the time and soon she was riding like a dream. At least for me. Lol.

We got rid of chick and coco and Got One Sock. He and I didn''t (and still don't) get along very well. I rode him for abot a year but we were butting heads so often that I decided it was beter for both our sanities if I stopped riding him. I did ride him to school though. We soon rescued Dandy an older appendix gelding. After months of ground work I finally gained his trust enough to ride. For about 8 seconds. Lol. He'd ride great until something scared him and then it was a rodeo. Head between his feet and back legs straight in the air. I've never rode a horse who could buck like him. He hurt my back really good one time and I decided I didn't need to be riding a bucker like that.

I rode whatever I could find for a while. Friends horses and whatnot. About 2 years ago I traded a green broke gelding that we had (no time to train) for a now 16 yr old Appy cross mare that I dubed Wooty. She had foundered previously, but as long as she was ridden to hard for too long she was good. We went all over and I soon learned her boundries as to what would make her lame and what wouldn't. I still got her and she's a friend horse.

I officially bought my first horse in August of last year. My Daisy. She cost me $400 and is the best horse I've ever owned. She's so willing and honest. She does whatever I ask her.


That was a LOT longer than I expected. Lol.
     

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