Hi, My name is Caroline. I live outside of Seattle. I am a home mom with two boys 14 and 20. I have been leasing different horses over the last 11 years. I started riding regularly 11 years ago at the age of 41, so I am one of those middle aged ladies who came back to horses after many years away.
I ride mostly western nowadays, doing trails. But I have some years of lessons in dressage and in the last 3 years have been taking some training in Natural Horsemanship techniques. NO, not Parelli or any other nationally recognized clinician.
My lease horse is a sturdy 17 year old Appy who live outside on 40 acres with 12 other ponys 24/7. He is a no nonsense , Subaru kind of horse and can do it all. I also ride my fiend's appy from time to time and look to showing him in dressage this summer.
I am an artist of sorts and I welcome you to go to my profile and look at my work on my photo album.
I ride at Bridle trails state park and would take anyone out with me if they were to drop by.
Good! You can trailer down and ride with me!! I don't have a trailer, but I know Bridle trails park inside and out. Want to? Or, I might be able to borrow a second hrose if you cna't trailer down.
Alas, I have no trailer! I don't even have a horse to ride right now, anyway, lol. If you can borrow a horse, let me know and I'll definitely go! And when my little one is going along well, I wouldn't mind renting a trailer for a day and taking her out. 'Course, I'm not starting her til this summer, lol.
I'm from Port Orchard, Wa. I currently own one horse, Junior, who is an almost 22 year old Canadian TB (WOOT!). He is currently for sale because I want to go back to lessons (being a self taught hunter is NOT fun or pretty to look at hehe). In the five-ish years that I have owned horses, I have had seven horses (if I remember correctly).
My first horse was Rosie, a TWH/TB (funny cross, eh?). Roughly 12 or 13 when I got her. About 16 hands. She was not a good first horse for me. I have always been a bit timid and she was very FORWARD thinking. I owned for for three-ish years and then sold her to my best friend, who adores her.
Then came along Rhedd. Sweetest horse I think I will ever meet. He was 18 when I got him. He had pretty bad Ringbone. He did corrective shoeing and put him on supplements, but after a while it was just time I moved onto a new horse. He was the horse who took me to my first show. He was the horse who I went to when I was crying and couldn't stop. He was stand with me for hours and hours breathing on my face. He would lick my face to try to make me laugh, would let me hang off of his face, everything. The biggest regret I have is giving him back to his old owners. He went into a huge field that he had to himself, but that horse was (is) my heart horse.
Next came Junior, who I bought when I thought I was ready for jumping (really wanted to, but was still too timid). My dad drove over 12 hours with me, got a speeding ticket, and convinced my mom to let me take him. When I got there, he was standing in a foot of his own manure, had a piece of metal in his eye, and was skin and bones. His owner tacked him up and rode him. He was rearing and bucking (remember it to this day), he does a beautiful black stallion rear (does it in the field sometimes). I was really nervous to get on, but he took amazing care of me. So we went back the next day to get him. We have had some REALLY tough times with him, but he is still alive and doing well. He is still jumping 2' (don't want to push it much higher) and loves it. He used to be a Training level eventer.
Then I leased Sunny after that (wasn't riding Junior, didn't click with him plus someone else was riding him). Sunny was the perfect first lease horse for me. I learned how to jump on that horse. I did everything on him. Loved, loved, loved that horse. Fell off of him too many times to count hehe.
After Sunny came Heidi. Man, that mare was AMAZING. She was a Grand Prix jumper in her younger days, then moved on to a kids horse. I had replied to a craigslist ad about someone offering cheap lessons. She came out and gave Aubre and I a joint lesson and said that we should come out to ride her horses. So that was the first time I rode Heidi. She tested me SO much, but I absolutely adored her. She was refuse every jump at least once, no matter how forward I rode her. She dumped me a few times, but I always got back on. She was such a great horse. I will never forget her. She went back due to hock issues (she was 25) and ended up going to the game farm after that. ):
Then I got Maddie.... Oh Maddie. That mare... She was something else. She had a screw loose for sure. She didn't trust people much (really wanted to though). According to her owner, she trust me a lot. Of course the third(?) ride I had on her while getting on she tossed me off into the arena wall (still have issues from that, it was almost two years ago). Still leased her anyways. Maddie rushed fences really badly (she was over jumped and was just timid). She also had an issue with her ears. The owner said that if I ever needed to clip her ears that I had to twitch her... YEAH RIGHT! How about I just don't clip her ears? I got her to the point that after five or ten minutes of me rubbing her face I was able to rub her ears. Great little mare. She passed away right after Thanksgiving from a severe colic. Miss her every day.
After that I started to look for a horse to buy. I looked at a mare named Mocha, who was darling, but just not the right horse for me (plus was WAY out of my price range). So then I found Bear... :)
Bear was the perfect horse for me. He was forgiving, patient and honest. In his younger days he was a 3' A circuit hunter, then moved onto being a lesson horse teaching the kiddies how to jump. I feel in love with him. He was aggressive while being tacked up, but I didn't care. My mom didn't think he was a good idea, but I was dead set on getting this horse. So we did. He ended up having quite a bit of issues, but in the long run, they were all worth it. He helped me confidence SO much. I forgot what it was like to bond with a horse like that (after losing Rhedd). Bear became my second heart horse. He was sold to a girl out in Roy and he is doing really well. He has been helping her confidence just like he helped mine. It makes me feel good that he is helping her so much. I am hopefully going to go see him soon and help her out with jumping him.
So that is my story... Sorry for the novel. I just felt like typing that out. Hehehe. Anyone who reads that deserves an effing award. LOL! Here are pictures of all of those horses.
Rosie with her momma (aka not me):
Rhedd and I before a lesson in Spring '07:
Junior and I XC schooling for the first time together:
Don't have a picture of Sunny on this computer...
Heidi and I on our second ride:
Maddie and I at our second show:
Bear with his head over the rail of my back porch taking a picture with me: