I started out with riding lessons when I was 11. When I was 13 I got my first horse, an Exmoor Pony. I had her for 20 years.
Then I was without horses for a long long time.
In 2003 I took some riding lessons. After 5 months I stopped again. Riding school was too far away and I could not get used to riding someone elses horse, eventhough it was a lesson horse.
Almost 4 years ago I got that feeling of wanting a horse of my own again. We have no farm or land so that was a bit difficult.
I called around and found a place to board 2 minutes away from our town so...I started to look for a horse. I saw an add for a green broke pony good for 4H. So we went to have a look. I fell in love with her. But when I tried her out, I found out I was not that brave anymore as when I was a teenager. I used to ride bareback, loved a fast horse, jumped and did dressage. Not anymore. I asked the seller to lead her while I was in the saddle! LOL
Maybe silly , but I wanted this lovely and very calm pony.So I dove in.
She is not big, just 12.3 hh. But for me it was the right size, as I'm not that tall and big.
I had to learn a lot as I never had a green broke horse before. But I had friends who helped me and I read a lot and we did really good. She is my best riding horse and we bond very strong.I took very little steps an it took me 2 years before I would go into a canter with her. People change when they get older, more aware of danger I guess. So I was very carefull as I didn't want to fall off!
After Flicka I bought another horse but that one had problems to take the bit and after a few months she got a foal so I left her in the pasture. Then I bought another horse, that was well broke and calm etc as they said. A big no! She was not easy to ride and did not seem happy to be ridden. Then I bought a Norwegian Fjord, not broke and not handled and the same day a friend gave me a 2 year old horse.
So I ended up with 6 horses.
I had to sell as I could not keep up with the work and I kept Flicka and the Fjord, Freya. I'm training Freya with clicker training and she is a sweetheart that really wants to please me, just like Flicka.
I learned a lot since I got Flicka, eventhough I dove in with her.