I was just curious how old everyone was when they started riding? My daughter loves horses and just started lessons at 4 1/2 years old. She is surprisingly quite good for a kid but taking it slow (learning to groom and tack up with a short period of riding in the middle).
I was just wondering how old everybody else started at?
(I love reading everyones stories and posts by the way! :))
I've been told repeatedly that when I was little, not even able to walk, that I used to ride on my mom's back as she rode her horse.
I don't know if that's true or not but I do know I've been riding ever since I could.
I started when I was nine. I was bitten by the horse bug way before that, but my mom made me wait until I was nine to start taking lessons. Much to my annoyance, she let my younger sister take lessons around the same time.. I was quite sure that she was the favourite for awhile after that. She's quit though.
My dad always has told me that before I could walk, he'd sit me down on the horse's neck in front of the saddle and let me ride with him because he couldn't keep me away from them, then I remember my third birthday, he turned me loose on an old gelding who only walked and ate.
Gosh, I've been "riding" pretty much since I was old enough to hold my own head up. When I was an infant, my Dad would sit me in front of him in the saddle when he was warming up his show/roping horses. My very first memory is of one of those times. I just sort of progressed from there. As I got a bit older, whoever I was riding with would give me the reins and let me steer while they rode behind me.
In this picture, I was about 5 months old
When I was 3, I got my very first "horse" all to myself...which was actually a 34" tall mini-burro.
Then, when I was 4, I graduated up to our old 16hh "outlaw" roping horse
I rode a horse for the first time when I was 8 and was lucky enough to get a few, maybe 3, lessons for my birthday that year. After that I basically had a horseless existence until I was 13 when I got weekly lessons for my birthday.
And then I got Lacey right before I turned 17 and have owned her since.