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post #1 of 32 Old 10-10-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Do you come from a horsey background?

I was just wondering if a lot of you are a horsey background like if your parents or grandparents were the ones to get you into horses.
My family is definitely not. My mother rode when she was younger but is now scared of them, my step dad has no interest at all and calls my horses the donkey and the mule and my grandad likes them but can't really do anything because he has a heart condition.
I remember my grandad telling me that his great granfather worked with horses and then his grandfather was in the mounted police. My grandmother's family own or used to own (I can't remember) a stud farm in Ireland, it had a strange name like Mellon or Lemon.
What about you?
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post #2 of 32 Old 10-10-2012, 03:18 PM
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Nope, I'm the only horse weirdo in my family!

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post #3 of 32 Old 10-10-2012, 03:18 PM
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Not really, my uncle had a pony during his childhood.. and later went on to breed Quarter Horses (assuming halter-bred although I've never asked for specifics.. he still has trophies, bits, etc hanging on a wall). His wife also used to be a judge at English-based shows, and her sister at one point showed in dressage.

As for anyone else, nobody was really interested in horses. All I know is that I used to draw horses all the time (my elementary school best friend described me as "quiet and all she did was draw horses") and I had an imaginary horse... as in, I once spent a good hour at our cottage making a pasture and I'd bring containers of water out before riding around.
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I used to draw horses too so my mum decided to take me too some lessons when I was about 7 and in my first one they but me on this huge 17hh gelding let's just say it didn't go too well... I ended up hanging off his neck crying. I'm suprised it didn't put me off them forever
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Nope, not at all. I have NO idea where it comes from. When I first started taking lessons when I was a kid, my mother took ONE lesson. Her intentions wanted it to turn out to be a mother-daughter thing. Like I said, it was ONE lesson before she realized she wanted nothing to do with it.

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post #6 of 32 Old 10-10-2012, 05:06 PM
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I do! My mom always had horses growing up. We had a few horses when I was born. I have some very faint memories of being wedged between my mom and the horn of the saddle on a trail ride. My parent later sold our horses and bought a family pony named Little Bob (my sister and I named him. Can you tell?) when I was 4 years old. Little Bob was then sold when my parents divorced. I never lost my interest in horses, though. Whenever my mom saved up some money she would sign me up for 2 lessons a month. My dad was never interested in horses until he realized how much I loved them. He bought me my first horse and found a friend in them as well.
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Well my dad loved horses and most of my birth siblings love horses
As well

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Grew up with them till my folks got divorced (I was 13) and than out of them till I was an adult. Have had them in my life since 1977 when I thought I could afford them again :)
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post #9 of 32 Old 10-10-2012, 05:29 PM
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I grew up with horses. My dad has always had horses, but my Mom didn't get into them until she graduated high school. She wanted to show though and my Dad had show horses, so voila! I was born onto a ranch with 20+ horses at a time and have always shown and been around them. A lot of leadline gymkhanas, leadline rail classes, before I was able to ride by myself and then I was that kid on the big ol' paint horse who was calm as a 30 year old gelding at his whopping 4 years of age...I did everything on that boy. Cows, penning, reining, rail classes, barrel racing...He's now old, lame, and fat in the pasture but we'd never sell him.

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My paternal granddad and my paternal step-grandad were the horsemen.

We farmed with horses (that will tell you how old I am until I was five.

My step-granddad raised Welsh/Morgans, so I was breaking horses by the time I was 12.

I have only been out of horses one year since I was 12. That was when I was 42 and had to send my two late 20's Fellas on to meet their ancestors. I had raised the 29 yr old from the moment his hooves hit the ground and it was crusher that took me a year to get over.

The four I have now are my second group of Keepers and, at my age, will be my last as it comes time for each of them to move on to more perfect pastures
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