Here's a couple that I have. I guess I was about 11, and had been riding for less than a year. I'm sure my parents have more pictures of me from film cameras, but my dad decided to bring the digital camera out that day
...I promise that I've improved...
Note the lack of ANY sort of contact in the last photo? Well, here are the results! Rest assured, I was only going over trot poles at that point :P
Lol, I remember everything about those pictures. The one pair of riding pants that I had, the too-large lace up paddock boots that my dog ate, my horse socks, Troxel capriole helmet, and my green pimple grip gloves.
Probably a year later at a new barn. Some improvement, but apparently I still didn't know what to do with my elbows :P
And apparently I was into over exaggerated posting
Same mare, same day... my first bareback ride. I also had my first... and second fall on her. It was at that point that they decided she wasn't a suitable school horse...
Okay so the grey pony was my first ever lesson, even time on a horse haha, terrible I know.
The grey giant (well.. 17hh) was my third lesson or so.
Both were from 2010, when I was 14. I was a late starter /:
The first photo is from one of my first lessons when I was 8. I was sooo tiny! The pony's name was Nippet and she was probably a smidge under 12 hh. I got a package of 10 lessons for Christmas that year. I was ecstatic! We were not financially blessed but my Mom was an artist and she traded my instructor a drawing of her farm for those lessons.
The second photo is from this past year (16 years later) at a local show. My backyard pony strutting his stuff. No trainer, no "real" arena to practice ringwork in, and my free horse (something to note when in my town a cheap horse is $5,000) got 2 thirds and a fourth in classes with 12 other riders.
I still have ALOT to improve on but it's been quite a journey!