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post #1 of 15 Old 08-12-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Wink ~ Your Inspiration for Riding?

Is there a specific person that you knew, or know that inspires you in your riding? It can be a friend, a family member or even a rider you admire.

Mine is definitely my grandfather, even though I never really knew him (he passed away when I was two). In his younger days, he was a very good show jumper, and apparently he always told my mother and grandmother about his show jumping days.

Whenever things get tough, I think of my grandfather, and of how I'd like to be a jumper like him.
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My Grandpa is an old cowboy. . . . taught me to ride many years ago. . . . I LOVE that picture!!!!!!
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I think of all the people with the same disability I have that are physically able to overcome their problems. I'm inspired by the fact that I can't run and relied on braces for the longest time but I'm getting stronger and even though I'm not great at sports, riding is something I'm capable of.
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My Mom. She didn't have horses as a child so when she had me she made sure I could grow up with them and she pushed me to compete even when I was scared and now I'm tougher and a stronger rider than I could ever hav imagine five or six years ago, and just in the past two years I have learned so much about training and problem correction. Although now my
mother isn't exactly the rider she used to be. She's gotten into the habit of buying a horse to "train up" and not doing it. Not even riding it once. So now that's my job, and I actually am
kind of thankful she doesn't mess with them, because we both
have very differant training techniques.
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Well I was raised in Metro Detroit and was as city as they come, hated getting dirty, doing anything outside, etc. When we moved to our cabin in Northern MI when I was 12 my dad told my little sister that he would get her horses, I refused to have anything to do with them, and told them I wouldn't help with any of it. Well it ended up my sister was way too irresponsible for her hamsters let alone a horse so the promise to my sister was never fulfilled. After graduating high school I started dating a girl that had horses and for at least a year I still wanted nothing to do with them. Eventually she got me on them and I started riding, but still not much. Eventually though she started rescuing and training horses, and she needed me to help go on rides with her, do fencing, etc etc etc. So, I kind of got stuck into it...but I learned to love the work involved with horses, it kept me in shape unloading hay, putting up pastures, building lean-tos etc. In that time we had rescued 50+ horses in a couple years and I started to really find a love for them. After a couple years her and I went our own seperate ways and I knew the one thing I wanted in the future was horses of my own. I met my girlfriend now shortly after that and ironically she had a horse, a BS paint mare in foal for early this year. Well after dating for a while we ended up getting our own place on a few acres and moved her horses to our new house. In no time at all we were already looking for a horse for myself. I wanted a young QH mare with color, that was either unbroke or green, but not fully trained. I love training horses myself, as it feels like such an accomplishment and you create such a bond with your horse that way. So, in the end of May this year I found Nova, a 6 year old grulla QH that I was barely able to catch let alone broke. In just two months we've put around 100 trail miles on, and she is progressing very well in training. I couldn't imagine life without horses now! My whole family still makes fun of me because in High school I would have never thought it possible.
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My great grandmother who I can barely remember as she passed when I was only six, left me a Shetland pony named tiny in her will. He was more like a big dog for me than a horse as I barely rode him and only bare back being I didn't have a saddle as a kid. He passed when I was twelve and it hurt pretty bad to the point I really didn't want another horse.

Last year my daughter started asking for a horse, so I made her a deal. She held up her end of the deal. So I found a nice Arabian pony for her and along the way I met Dixie and just had to bring her home. It has done me a lot of good since, I really enjoy our father and daughter rides and the work that comes with the horses just does not seem like work being I enjoy every minute with them.
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My mom. When I decided I wanted to take riding lessons, my mom told me we didn't have that kind of money. She said if I could find a way to work it out, she would love for me to have the opportunity. I found a way. When my very first horse was at the stable I was taking lessons at. He was going down hill quickly because of being over worked. He finally collapsed on a rider and the BO told me he had to go. I called my mom, we brought him to a new stable that day. While I had an incredible bond with my first horse, she had a great bond with him too. He always counted on her. She only rode him once (she was ill the last 10 years of her life) and said 'riding isnt for me...but I could love a horse all my life'. When she passed away 10 years ago, I quit riding. I was heart broken and only wanted Kings companionship. After a while, I could no longer afford to keep him but my moms tenacious spirit brought me back to horses. She had pushed me all my life to chase dreams...She would not be pleased if I stopped just because she wasn't around.

My mom was never the type to say 'I want to you be a doctor" or "when you grow up...you better make money!" When I asked my mom what I should be when I grow up...she said "Happy". Best lesson ever in life.
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i have pride issues u.u sometimes makes me glad when i get scared and don't wanna ride theres thouse people you just don't wanna disapoint and you always wanna look good infront of them... ya thats pretty bad huh

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Those are some really inspiring stories.

At corinowalk: I love that saying at the end, it's very true. My father keeps pushing me about getting a big job one day that will earn big money, even if I don't like the job. :roll:

At payette: Thanks. My grandmother gave me that photo a few years ago, and of course I framed it and it sits on snuggly on my desk now.

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My grandpa used the old work horses on our family farm...and even though the rest of our family hates them or is afraid of them...he kept them around until he passed away when I was 5. But my fondest memory is somehow getting up on those 17hh Drafts by myself and laying out there while they worked in the fields with their tractors. I loved those horses...maybe thats why I'm such a huge draft lover now. I ride for him because he usually never had time to take his horses for a ride...they were used for field work until they got some tractors and then they sat out in the pasture. =)

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