Rider from birth or by choice??

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    06-20-2009, 11:58 PM
Rider from birth or by choice??

I was just wondering who was a horse rider from birth or early childhood and who made the choice later in life. Please share and I would love to see pictures of everyone's first horses (if you have pix).

I was a rider by birth. My Dad was a horse trainer so I was up on horses from the time that I was an infant. This is the earliest pic I could find. I was 5 months old. :) (sorry, really crappy pic. 25 year old polariod)

Here is my first "horse" Olen. LOL (That's me on the right)

Then I graduated to my real horse Buck (finally got some pix scanned).

Please share yours!!
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    06-21-2009, 12:09 AM
Green Broke
I guess im kind of in the middle. I am a rider by choice, but that's only because my parents didnt have horses when I was growing up. But I knew it was in my blood the day I first rode.
I don't have picture from that far back, but I have this one...
This horse was the first horse I ever got bucked off of. And it was actually the day the picture was taken. I believe I was 9 or 10. This geldings name was Snap

Im the little girl hehe.

This was my first horse..

Dakota. She was AMAZING! Here she was 20yrs. And She was a QHx
She was also the first horse I ever cantered on! never forget that day.

I don't have any other pictures of back in the day. Otherwise I would share them!
    06-21-2009, 12:15 AM
Very cool. Dakota is gorgeous especially for 20 year old (in her case maybe it should be 20 years young, huh?). It is amazing how quickly after you start riding that you find a horse willing to buck you off. LOL. Olen was the first to ever buck me off. Right in the middle of a gravel road too, though not very far to fall. :p
    06-21-2009, 12:20 AM
Green Broke
Yes, you could definitely say that Dakota was 20 years young! She still had fire in her too. She was an awesome English pleasure horse. As well as western pleasure. In the picture of me and the appy, Snap, you can see how small I was and how tall he was. (not sure of his HH) but it was a nice fall right into a pricker bush! OUCH!! He go bit by a horse fly right on his rear end. Go figure! Lol

That gravel road must have hurt bad!! =(
    06-21-2009, 12:23 AM
No not really. Olen only stands about 34 inches tall so it was just a short fall. :)
    06-21-2009, 12:27 AM
Green Broke
OH WOW! Hahah. You could have stepped off him. LOL I bet he was cute!
    06-21-2009, 08:58 AM
I was/am from birth ... though mom & dad were not really big on taking tons of pics unless it was a vacation or holiday, so not much in the lines of very early pics... My first horse that I rode alone though, was an older Appaloosa named Cochise. Pic was taken around 1982 I was nearly 4 in this pic- when a family member came up from Texas for a baptism.
After that, Cochise came down with some illness and in 1985, I got a horse more my size - Princess was a shetland/welsh mix that hated everyone but me, and sucked blueberries off the branch, and chapstick out of the tube. LOL. Looking for a pic of her.
    06-21-2009, 09:40 AM
Aw, Cochise is adorable. You look like you were made to sit up there.
    06-21-2009, 09:55 AM
Thank you! He was a doll. Only appy I ever really loved. Because of him, I have a real soft spot for black leopards..Have been looking for one like him ever since too Lol!
    06-21-2009, 11:00 AM
Choice.. ridden since I was seven. =]
Sadly, I have no pics.

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