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post #21 of 36 Old 09-02-2012, 05:16 PM
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I started weekly lessons when I was eight, then started having two a week and then three a week, and then got my first horse for my 11th birthday.

I had horses up until I was 17, and then have been going in and out of them for a couple years, up until now. Kept getting the wrong horses, but now I have Rosie and I think she's right
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post #22 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 07:17 AM
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First time on a horse probably around 3 or 4, a fairground thing. Hooked. Lucky enough to have weekly lessons at a local school until I was 13 or 14 - I spent lots of days hanging round the stables helping and so sometimes participated in longer day events as a return for that. When I was 13 I rode a pony for a family whose son - the owner - was away at boarding school. I groomed and did stable work for another family with a few horses.

Then, at 16, I discovered motorbikes

I still rode occasionally between then and going to uni, but less. During uni I was racing motorbikes so had no money left for anything, but I groomed for a livery stable as one of my many part-time jobs and rode from time to time if someone needed their horse exercised.
Then after uni, I started working abroad and with no fixed base, it's been a largely horse-free zone until last year, so a gap of nearly ten years. I rode when I got the chance - I've ridden some lovely Arabs in Chad, and in Somalia, and a couple of imported warmbloods in Kinshasa. Here in Afghanistan I am supposed to be going to see some buzkashi horses - that's the game a bit like polo only without mallets, and with a headless goat/calf instead of a ball... - next week. I'm quite excited!

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post #23 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 07:26 AM
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I had just gone 14 when i started lessons, because i remember i had been riding for a few weeks and they made me trot in a circle on my own whilst everyone sang happy birthday to me :)
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post #24 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 09:22 AM
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My first time on a horse that wasn't a pony ride, was when I was 5 on my best friends horse. That's when I became impossible to live w/, EVERYTHING was about horses, LOL. 2 yrs later we moved to the family farm, & I joined 4-H and the horseless horse program. I did that for 2 yrs, until I got my first horse, Chancy. He was a free lease from a 4-h leader. We kept him for 5 yrs ( he died at age 42!). When I was 12, we bought a McCoy "breeder" mare, who turned out to have a few issues & wasn't safe to ride.

At 13, I got Odie, who I still have today (he's the one in my avatar). Shortly after I got him, I started training & riding for other ppl.

I had my daughter when I was 22 and she was on Odie, by 3 months old. She's been on a few trail rides here & there but only started getting serious about it in the past 2 yrs & been taking lessons. She's 9 now and going to be learning huntseat w/ Odie now so she can show him.

My son who's almost 4, I can't keep off of Odie. I caught him in the stall with a step ladder trying to get on Odie! (My son is Hudini at escaping out of the house w/o us knowing). Odie was just standing there, stall door wide open, waiting to see if he could do it or not;)
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post #25 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 06:50 PM
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I was about a year old when I went on my first trail ride behind my mom with my family. I was 2 1/2 when my mom got her horse Big Boy whom she still has today.

It was shortly after around 3 years old a friend of my parents would let us borrow their little dark grey and white pony for me to ride on the trail rides we would go on. I started to hate ride him cause his skin was so loose the saddle would move when he walked. I hated that feeling lol. So I opted out of ridding him and would ride with my mom or in the wagon until lunch break and I would eat quickly then my mom would let me ride Big Boy around all by myself.

Mom and Dad let me ride Big Boy in the pasture but he would only walk no matter how much I kicked my little legs to get him to trot. Finally one day he started troting! My mom said "I guess he thought you were ready." Finally I guess when he thought I was ready to graduate to the next level he would canter.

I was 7 when my parents took me to the sale barn and I picked out my first horse White Lightening. He was sold ad 18 from a dude ranch but ended of being 29/30. He was my heart! He had to be put down at 39/40 :(

My boys were a few months old when they got first put on. I believe my oldest was 3 months and my youngest was 4 months. They are 5 and 3 now and my 5 yr old wants a black and white paint that he wants to name Avinon. Lol he came up with that some how!
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post #26 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 07:11 PM
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This is me on Big Boy at 3 or 4!
My youngest at 4 months on my dads horse Tank!
My oldest with my cousin on Tank back in Sep. 2009!
My boys on Big Boy this past winter! Big Boys 26 now.

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post #27 of 36 Old 09-03-2012, 07:21 PM
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I think I was 2 years old, my brother took me on his pony, I do remember vaguely being very young. In fact I can't remember at time when I didn't ride. This is my granddaughter, she's been on horses since birth, part of the heritage in my family!
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post #28 of 36 Old 09-13-2012, 04:33 PM
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I really wanted to ride from the time I was 4-5 and I saw a particular horse movie. I think I was 6 when I went to horse camp for the first time - I did a week of that 2 summers in a row, then when I was 8 I started taking riding lessons. I would have started sooner, but when my parents first started looking for them they couldn't find anyone who taught kids younger than that.
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post #29 of 36 Old 09-16-2012, 03:37 PM
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I started at 64. But had an accident on skates, stopped and started up again at age 65.

Should have started 62 years sooner, but this will do.
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post #30 of 36 Old 09-16-2012, 03:54 PM
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i dont remember the first time i was on a horse, but i started taking lessons at 6 when my dad mistakenly took me instead of my older sister to her horse back riding lesson when he was watching us after school.

a year later at 7 i got my own pony!

i took lessons and boarded my pony on that ranch until i was 10, and then my parents bought property that was suitable for horses so we moved there and i stopped lessons.

I'm 22 now and im thinking about taking lessons again.

my old boy now!

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