04-08-2011, 11:12 PM
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I'd have killed for that opportunity as a twelve year old! I grew up on a pony stud and as a result only ever had ponies to ride, at 12, I was growing a lot and all my friends were getting bigger horses. I was bought a few young horses to break in, but none turned out to be "suitable" once we got them home, and they were re-sold. I finally got to work a stock horse mare at 17, and later a standardbred mare from someone because they were starting a family and didn't have the time. I was in year 12 and didn't have much time either, so for my proficiency certificates they just weren't fit enough and I had to resort back to my pony. I looked ridiculous, but I passed lol!