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post #11 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 01:10 AM
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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.

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post #12 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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I love the pics and stories everybody! I guess I forgot to add my own! I didn't start riding until I was 14. I knew a lady who lived close that had a gorgeous paint, she also ran a bait shop that my dad bought minnows from. One day while we were there I asked her if I could come over and just spend time grooming her horse or something. I was lucky enough for her to say that I could do that and ride occasionally. From there I did a short stint in 4H with the same horse and started riding with the ladies niece who had a little brown pony. After that I "worked" for a stable that offered trail rides. I rode along on trail rides for free as a was awesome. LOL

It's 14 years since I've ridden a horse, but being around them while my daughter takes lessons is great :) Such beautiful animals
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post #13 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 08:31 AM
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I pet my first horse when I was less than a year old and that's when my mom said horse fever hit me. She took me for my first pony ride before I was two and I started regular lessons when I was at 26 I think my horse fever has only gotten worse, but I certainly am not looking for a cure :).
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post #14 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 10:56 AM
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I really don't remember the 1st time I rode a horse. Mom says Gpa use to lead us kids around and around for hours. I DO know that Gpa got sick and couldn't walk after I was around 4. When he died (I would have been 7) I had been riding by myself for quite some time. My older bro and I would ride our mare out from the house and then RUN my little bro thrown that way cause he didn't like to run. was the only way WE could get her to run so that's why we did it...I don't suggest doing that and stop my daughter when she does. My boys were on a horse with me when they were a few weeks old. My daughter wasn't so lucky as we lived in Germany when she was born and her only access to horses were at the fest. My granddaughter was put on a horse with my daughter when she was only 5 months old (gave her mama a heart attack when she saw the pics too!! hehe)
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post #15 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 11:03 AM
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I've been riding since an infant. I used to sit up on my sisters horse with her and walk around. You could never get me off! Then started taking western lessons at 4 I think, changed to a Hunter at 7, and at 8 went to Dressage full time! At that time I had gotten a horse (who I don't own anymore) and have been riding almost everyday since!

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post #16 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 11:21 AM
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I've been riding since I could walk supposedly.. ha ha I sure don't ever remember not riding, anyway.. I was riding by myself on a regular basis by 4 though. I started out riding with my grandpa and then by myself on an awesome QH gelding named Duke.

Here we are at the start of a parade. An old Native American friend of ours always used to ride Duke for parades.

Here's me and Duke.. I think I'm 5 or 6 in this picture.

I rode Duke until I was about 11, when he was put down. Then my grandpa got me a greenbroke 3 year old named Bo.. He was an awesome horse too.
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post #17 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 12:18 PM
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My first ride was when I was 2/ My dad rented a horse and put me on in front of him. He said I spent the whole ride throwing a temper tantrum because I couldn't ride by myself. After that, i started lessons when i was 9 and had my first horse at 11. (A 3 year old unbroken quarter horse ridgeling) I kid my mom about trying to kill me, but he never hurt me OR bucked me off (miracles DO happen LOL) Anyway, boy did he teach me to ride!!

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post #18 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 02:48 PM
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I started at 7. My 10 year old sister got me into it.

We "worked" for 2 hours, rode for 2 hours.. Not allowed to use saddles though. It was crazy when I look back, but it made me such a great rider!

One day, I made another rider friend at school who came with me to a day at the barn.. She was shocked that we didn't use saddles, and told me how dangerous she thought it was, and I was scared to death after she told me. I left the barn and started proper lessons, LOL. My mom has absolutely no horse knowledge and wad just trusting the BO. It was a breeding farm, not a lesson barn.

But heck, I used to post bareback!! I can't even hardly do that now! Lol.

First horse was a present from ma, a young super green Haflinger. Taught me a lot.. Still have her, and gosh, she's still a ton of work!

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post #19 of 36 Old 08-31-2012, 03:10 PM
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I'd always gone pony trekking for an hour once a year when on holiday, but I got my first riding lesson for my 13th birthday (two years ago), and then a month later I started regular lessons.

Princess Bubblegum, I would love to have learnt how to ride bareback! I'm not allowed to at my stables unless I go to a pony camp which I can't afford :(
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post #20 of 36 Old 09-02-2012, 11:38 AM
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my dad used to put me up in an english saddle with him when I was 4 1/2 years old, and i was up there on my own by the time I was 5!
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