I have 3 girls (10, 12 and 16). I grew up with ponies and horses but when I had my first daughter, I sold my horse. I was boarding and couldn't afford both. I yearned for horses in my life and my husband would always plan a rental trail ride or something on my birthday or on vacation but it's not the same..... When I was about to turn 40, I really felt like there had to be more in life than working full-time, running my kids to their various activities, etc. You know, the "what's in it for me?" question. I talked to my husband about it but he's a motorcycle guy, didn't get it at all. Then one day after several months, I came home and he was looking at horse properties on the computer! Don't know what changed his mind, don't care! We first got my PMU colt, then one of the girls was interested so we got another, and then another..... My oldest used to ride but gave it up for cheer and boys! My younger two girls ride in Pony Club. It is still hard to get out there for a trail ride because my youngest is 10 and isn't ready to be left alone yet so unless her 16 yr. old sister is home, she either goes or we don't go.... My husband surprised me by taking an interest in the horses (after the initial shock of how much horses cost to keep!) and has learned to basically ride :) We occasionally get to go on trail rides and he's very supportive of my riding. He doesn't have much interest in the girls lessons and such but he will occasionally go to a show and root them on. My youngest really likes the idea of owning a pony but isn't always the most enthusiastic rider while my 12 yr. old loves it. Her horse is injured right now so we're trying to figure out what to do in the meantime. I've done trail riding with my kids in front-when they were little and behind when they know to hang on. Don't have any deadbroke, pokey horses right now so they had to be able to ride before they could go alone.
Hang in there all you riding moms!!