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post #1 of 36 Old 10-25-2009, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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How did you first get into riding/horses? Whats your story?

I was reminiscing today about my first time opportunity to ride and be around horses. Unfortunately I did not have the luck of being in a horse family. I was horse addicted since I could grab my My little pony, but could never have a pony or lessons. :( But when I was in third grade I heard about a riding group. Best part was it was free (Dad would have to say "yes"!) I begged pleaded and he took me Friday. As soon as I got there I saw horses galloping toward us, one rider was even standing up. (It still gets my heart racing) I was so enthralled. I was hooked. I rode there bareback, helmetless (hate em), and wild for 6 amazing years. My passion still hasn't gone.
How did you start riding/get into horses? I would love to hear your stories.

BTW: the group is still going on 7 yrs later. Yay!
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post #2 of 36 Old 10-25-2009, 11:47 PM
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techincally for me it's genetic, my mom loves horses too, but...

i've been addicted since the age of 4. my mom took me to a fair and rode my first pony. to this day the picutre of me on that georgous little pony is still one of my favorites, i have this HUGE smile on my face. after that, breyers grazed around the living room, my mom even built me a barn, with stalls, cross ties, a feed room, tack room and an arena! i still have it too. i got a cabbage patch cowgirl with a horse, and didn't give a hoot about the doll, just the horse.
at age 9 i started taking lessons. some days, even if i was too sick to go to school, i would still go to my lessons. i also worked at the barn to work off free hack rides. i even helped teach pony camp in the summer.

i leased a horse the summer before i left for college too!

i went off to college, and rode on the varsity Equestrian team, and travelled around the country to show, i even majored in equine science!

at 21, i got my first horse finally. i still have him, he is the light of my life. it;s a total obsession.

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The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb
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post #3 of 36 Old 10-25-2009, 11:55 PM
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My mom gitbher first horse when she was 11... and ha had them ever since. I got a pony at 2 years old, POA bombproof little love, jojo! Then my mom bought a show horse for me at 8 and then I got one of her homebreds at 14! :) Bali is the homebreds. So I have been more r less intereted in horses my whole life... I was leads interested in high school but now as a junior in college I am addicted!!! I know I was meant to always have them in my life, they make me happier than anything else in this world!

Proud owner of 13yr old Paint Gelding, Bali! <3
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post #4 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 12:00 AM
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I was born and raised around them. My dad had bought me my first pony at 18 months old and I had her for 9 wonderfully amazing years. My dad, mom, brothers and sisters rode and still ride. I guess you could even say it's in my blood hehe.. I started in the barrel racing with that first pony and done barrels from the time I was 5 years old (the age the used to let you run them alone around here, this was a lot of years ago though so I don't know what the age would be now lol ) til I was 18 years old and in a series of three accidents that leaded to me breaking my leg one month, my ankle two months later (while my leg was still broke) and chipping and fracturing my shoulder two months later (while I was still recovering from the other injuries). So I was laid up in bed almost a year. Wasn't allowed to ride for almost 2 years.. But through all this I was and still am horse crazy :) I no longer show but I still love to ride and be with my horses.

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post #5 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 12:36 AM
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grew up with them, got a pony when i was 3. But i wasnt really heaps interested untill i got to 11..12-ish
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post #6 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 09:29 AM
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3 years old. a friend of my mom's lived down the street with her 2 horses and she would ride them down to our house on the weekends. i would sit in front of her while we rode around the yard for a bit. it was incredible. our neighbors had horses so when i got older, i would go over there everyday and ride. those were great days.

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My Mother actually saved and bought an unbroke half-arabian mare when she was 14 and broke it herself (Or, at least what she thought was broke) and that was what got her started. After she graduated, she had enough saved to buy a reining horse and she did so. Hobby was a great gelding, and he was her first real competition horse. My dad always had hroses too, but he never competed.

So I guess its genetic for me. Mom bought a stallion named Jester the day before I was born as a weanling colt and trained him herself. (This was when she knew what she was doing, not like the arab mare) So Jester was my first ride. I was four and he was four. Jester never acted like a stallion, he was always more like a dead broke 30 year old gelding.

So yeah, I've had Jester for as long as I can remember and I used to ride with Mom in the arena. Jester could hold me on his neck in front of the saddle and I would always fall asleep there xD

Soon I wanted to compete, and since Jester is not completely sound I couldn't do it on him. Mom bought me a bay arabian mare named Angel who was sweet and reliable, perfect for me. She had training as a cow and reining horse and there was a play day for team penning. I took Angel and rode with Mom (On Jester, he was sound enough for that) and played.

So yeah. I've been doing it all my life and just never quit I guess.

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post #8 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 12:21 PM
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I don't really have a "story" because horse were a part of my life as far back as I can remember....I was just lucky enough to be born into a family that loved/had horses and grew up with them. We used them as working horses (ranch work) and were an active 4-H family so that is when the bug really bit me.
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post #9 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 12:26 PM
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I grew up in western South Dakota, a small town where the biggest celebration of the year includes a rodeo. Lots of people I knew had horses, but we didn't. A good friend got a Shetland pony and I got my first ride -- and first buck-off -- in my back yard. (That same pony stepped squarely on one of my feet and now that I'm old, it still gives me fits.) When I was 10 or 11 I wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper, saying that a rodeo town like ours should provide horses and a place to ride them for kids like me, and what do you know? A very nice local horseowner did just that for me for the next few years. Life intervened, and for the next 40 years, the only contact I had with horses was an occasional trail ride. Now, through happenstance, I am riding again, and having a great time.
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post #10 of 36 Old 10-26-2009, 12:32 PM
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i first rode a pony at age 3 in a ponyride at a fair, and the pony reared up with me because someone nearby was holding a balloon, but since that was my first time ever riding a pony, thats what i thought was supposed to happen, so i thought it was really fun. that got me hooked ever since lol

(my parents told me, since odviously i dont remember, but they do have tons of pictures of the pony and i and the rearing part haha)
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