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post #1 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Smile How did you get into horses

Gosh not sure about you guys but it makes me chuckle when i think back, my friendposted a similar thread on a forum that i have been on for quite a while and some of the comments were so funny that i thought it would be nice to see some of your comments. It really does bring backmemories:)
I fell in love with horses when i was a child. I remember when i was at primary school me and my friend used to have invisable horses and a special watch that we called them on:) lol We would put them in the school toilets in a morning and then gallop home:) When i finally convinced my mum to let me go riding sadly the riding school closed soon after i started as a motar way was built straight through it!:( Then that was it until i was in my 20's, i had a friend who had horses and my son whom has special needs took up a great deal of my time and she invited me down one day, it was like a breath of fresh air and took me away from everthing:) Uhhhh i got to get me another horse xxxx
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 01:07 PM
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I started riding because my girlfriend had a horse.

I bought my first horse in June of 1989 , she was a pathetic creature - mal-nourished and mis-treated , my local riding school were looking for a new horse and she arrived. She was completly unsuitable for the riding school - I felt really sorry for her and couldn't bear the thought of her going back to where she came from so I bought her.

I lost Sunny in 2008 after 19 years - I'd promised her that I would never sell her and always make sure that she was well looked after - she is well missed.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 01:18 PM
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Ikle, for me I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't love horses.

I was apparently fascinated by them the first time I saw them in a picture book, and my mother has a story that she tells about the first time I saw a live one. I don't remember the incident, but she swears it's true.

I was around 2 y/o, still young enough to be considered a baby, but old enough that I was toodling around under my own power.

We had gone to the county fair, and there were draft horses there for an exhibition of some sort. My mother says I saw them, squealed, and took off running towards them as fast as my chubby, toddler legs would carry me.

I reached the nearest horse and wrapped myself around one of its front legs, looking up at it and squealing happily. The horse was nonplussed, but stood still, looking down at this small screeching human attached to its leg.

It took the horse owner as well as my mother to pull me off the horse's leg, while I squalled and had a general temper tantrum. You see, I'd found what I wanted in life and didn't think I should have to let go!

Being a child of suburbia, I never got a chance to ride as a youngster. Plus, my parents always thought it was a phase and I'd outgrow the 'horse thing' as I got older.

I got my first horse once I became an adult and could afford it on my own. 32 years later, I still have horses and plan to have them until the day I die.

Safe to say, I don't think the 'horse thing' is a phase!
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 01:31 PM
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ive always grown up around horses, my most earliest memory is of my sister parading me on her shetland pony jasper up and down the village, she grew outta horses while i never and so jasper became my pony. id spend ages just sitting on him while he wandered about :)
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He he speed racer, hanging on to horses leg, i nearly choked on my coffee, you sound just like i was as a child:), You deff right with horses not being a phase i think once you have the bug you just can not let them go!
Nutty, what a wonderful story, but with a sad ending, he will be up their in the sky's playing with my boy:) That is the hardest thing having to say goodbye, when you live and breath them daily they become so much more than just a horse, think that is why it has been so hard for me to get back in the saddle again since i had to let Az go. But my toeas are an itching:) Cant wait to hear more, i love hearing stories of how it all began with horses for them, some sad some funny and some complety mad, but good cup of tea and biscuit material, makes me feel like a young girl again, ohif only :) xx
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 01:52 PM
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I guess I've always liked horses, but I really started loving them after I went on a trail ride with my cub scout pack (when I was 6 or 7). At that point, horses became my life. Soon after, my parents paid for me to have riding lessons. In 2001 my family moved from Georgia to a small farm in Illinois. Several years after our move, I was given Oakey by a hay customer.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 02:31 PM
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I'm not exactly sure when I first started to get into them. I would imagine it was when I lived down the road from this one family who had 2 horses. Ever since then I really wanted to ride them but they never let me because they were a real stuck up crew, but their dad was really kool. Than I started buy books and researching them, different breeds I would want, and finally in high school I took a two year animal management class, that dealt mostly with horses. That's where I learned all of my stuff about them, including riding. Next, I met a guy and we got engaged. His aunt runs a theraputic riding program and has 3 horses, and I've been helping her ever since. It's just me and her at the barn all the time and the one horse she has, I consider mine because no one wants to ride her because she's quite hot, I've worked with her a lot and have succeeded! She only lives about 2 mins down the road, and I will actually be heading over there today soon, to take care of my lovely girl Dee!

When I was little and had no horses at all, my cousin and I would ride these barrels around. My barrel was white and hers was black, so I named mine Daylight and hers was Midnight lol. Than I got older and pretended my for wheeler was a horse. Talk about a fast horse!!! haha

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 02:46 PM
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I have love horse since I was a little girl, but my parents didn't think J would take care of one then. Being that I was like 4, I no longer doubt their decision. But when my best friend died, I became very depressed. I started volunteering at the Camp Carter equestrian center, & horses became my life. They helped me past the depression. I eventually became an employee there & Red, my horse now, was being borded there by the humane society. He was about 1 & 1/2 & he was up for adoption. He stole my heart.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 02:59 PM
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my mom used to ride... and my aunty owned (well, still owns) a ranch, so my mom planted me on a horse named tacky <3 and my cousin (whos only a year older) learned to ride on a hrose named sam... we would always ride around the corral, then i remember the day they said we could go on a trail ride out!! oh what an exciting day!
haha my mom made me learn to ride without stirrups as well, haha so my first time cantering was a bit scary!

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-06-2010, 03:04 PM
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I have no idea what started it. My parents always like to say that "horsey" was the first, or one of the first, words that I spoke. I can't remember ever NOT being obsessed with them, but I didn't know anyone with horses when I was young, so we have no idea why this started. When I was 10, I was sick and tired of begging my parents to let me ride, so one day I took out the phone book, started calling all the stables listed under "Riding Acadamies" and asked how much a lesson cost. When I found the cheapest one, I made an appointment for a Saturday morning lesson, then marched into the living room to tell my Dad that he needed to take me to Natalie Johnson Stables on Saturday at 10:00 am. He was so completely shocked that he couldn't say no! After that, it was all over... wasn't long before I was leasing and working on the weekends, then bought my first horse about a year later! 20 years later and the obsession has never gone away.

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