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post #1 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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At What Age?

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! :))
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post #2 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:22 PM
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My aunt had me up with her at 2 yrs old. My first horse was also that same horse she had me on at 2 yrs old an older mustang gelding named musty haha.

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post #3 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:25 PM
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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.
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post #4 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:27 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:38 PM
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I think I was in Kindergarten or 1st grade when I started to ride. (:

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post #6 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 10:45 PM
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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.
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post #7 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 11:08 PM
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I think around 7 or 8? I got my first horse at 11 and that's when I consistently started riding multiple times a week. Before that it was once every 2 weeks or so.

I had my niece on a horse at 2 and my newest niece on one at 10 months. The younger one (15 months now) is going to be the horse guru. The older one is into clothes and makeup. (AT 7!)

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post #8 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 11:14 PM
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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
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post #9 of 36 Old 08-30-2012, 11:55 PM
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I started riding on a regular basis when I was 20...a little more than one year ago.

Sometimes I feel a little behind, but better "late" than never!
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post #10 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 12:19 AM
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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.

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