I had been on a few dinky trail rides at national parks when I was little but I learned from books. I could read when I was 4 and went nuts on horse books and drove my parents crazy for one!
I started riding when I was 7. I was at a local fair and met the pony ring people, they hired me to ride their ponies on their off days to keep them sane. I went with them to other fairs and mucked, groomed, tacked, and help manage the operation. First riding and first job!
I got my first horse Babe a little black Arab mare when I was 8 and only got to ride her for a few months. She sadly passed foaling. Then at 11 I got my first real horse, a "green broke" 18 month old Quarab. She was nuts and I had to train her myself, we were going to learn or die trying! I've had several horses other horses but Sky taught me everything I know.
I started my kid when she was a baby, I think she was only 8/9 months the first time I held her on a horse. I had her riding bareback at 2 but on a lead. Now she's 7 and has had two horses. Not quite the fearless little cowgirl I was but no pressure, hoping she'll grow into it some day!
My old man Rooster that carted her around.
Her first Pony.
Her horse now, Cowboy.
Smrobs your photos are FANTASTIC!