I was not born into a horsie family, my mom's dad didn't like horses, although I think she did ride a few times on a grandparents pony. My dad had a horse when he was a kid, and knew alittle. But I had the horse gene from the moment I took my first breath.
We had some land so my parents gave in when I was 5, my older sister (who doesn't like horses) had a friend that had a really great kid horse she sold to use for a $5! (my brother, younger sisters, and me scrapped together all the money we had which was $10, but they let us have her for $5). And she was the most awsome and wonder perfect first horse I could have asked for. When we got her home my dad put us on her, told us "this is how you go", "this is how you stop", "this is how you turn left", and "this is how you turn right". And that was the extent of our riding lessons. So I'm self taught. And I haven't been horseless from that moment on.
(and I also have a cabage patch horse! Got it for xmas when I was really young, and I still have it, it's name his Brownie, don't think mine came w/ a doll though, it did come w/ a cardboard stable, that didn't last long)