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        06-22-2013, 10:50 AM
      #1
    Banned
    First Horse...

    What was the first horse that you could call your own?

    Bonnie Blue
    ~ Morgan/Shire cross
    ~ sorrel
    ~ roughly 15.2 hands high
    ~ She was twelve when I got her and she was twenty-three when she passed


    I logged hundreds of miles on Bonnie's back and even won a handful of horse shows with her. She was bold and fearless when she needed to be but for the most part she was gentle and kind. I learned a lot from Bonnie, a lot more then from the various leases I had before her. If I fell off she would stop and wait for me to get back on, with a look in her eyes that all but said "hurry up lets get going." She would take any mistake and would totally ignore them. I loved Bonnie to pieces and she holds a special place in my heart.












    Feel free to share anything you can think of about your first horse, including pictures of videos.
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        06-22-2013, 11:04 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    Oh gosh. My first horse story is SUCH a disaster. I'm ashamed. I was also 8 or 9 at the time, so I take no responsibility.

    My parents went with a few friends to a horse auction "just to look". Like that ever happens! They ended up falling in love with a purdy pony. He was a huge sorrel 5 year old greenbroke QH gelding. We weren't horse people at the time, so we had to hire someone to haul him home for us. We got him home and he ran around the pasture for 4 hours straight. The horse seller stayed and watched for a while, and silently walked to him and flipped up his lip looking for a racing tattoo.

    Over the next month we had him, he ran through a fence to get to my neighbors horses and was found standing in their barn, broke my dads rib, threw off a trainer, and bit me on the shoulder hard enough to pick me off the ground.

    We sold him to a really nice guy and now he's a fantastic cutting horse, I went to riding lessons for years, then got an ancient appy mare. And we lived happily ever after until she passed a few years later.

    How's that for doing everything wrong for your first horse?!
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        06-22-2013, 12:30 PM
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    Weanling
    My first horse involves a story of heartbreak (albeit temporary the first time and rather permanent the second time)............

    I started english riding lessons at a nearby stable in early spring of 1991. I was 10 years old. I rode at that barn until summer and then figured I wanted to broaden my horizons and took western lessons at a different stable (well, those lessons ended up being english because their western saddles didn't fit me - my butt too big for the pony saddle and too small for the adult saddles, lol). So I figured after taking lessons until september/october that year, I was ready to lease a horse. Went back to the first stable and for november 1991 I leased a crotchety old lesson pony named Tony.

    During the month of my lease I met a lady that kept 8 horses in the back half of the barn. Her name was Philippa Dean (nee Byfield). She was the reserve rider for the Canadian Olympic Equestrian Team for 1980, the year Canada boycotted the olympics and didn't end up going. I'm still not sure how such a prominent horse person ended up at a mid-range boarding barn in Edmonton, but there she was. I know her husband had passed away in 1990, the year before I met her, so that may have had something to do with what I thought was a 'downturn' in her horse world. She was also the daughter of Ted Byfield, owner of a political magazine called The Alberta Report. Some of you fellow Edmontonians may have heard about Philippa in the news in october of 2007, when she had terminal cancer, and lit a cigarette too close to her oxygen tank and set her father's house on fire here in Edmonton and passed away.

    Out of her 8 horses, I fell in love with a 14.2 hand bay pony named Fire Wizard. His barn name was Boo. He had two perfect white socks on his front legs, just his pasterns white, and a perfect diamond star and an itty bitty snip of white on his nose. Later on his name was changed to Diamond Boo by me.

    I helped Philippa out, cleaning her stalls and exercising her horses. Mostly Boo as he was a chubby guy, easy keeper, and needed some pounds off. He was about 7 years old at the time. Green broke, barely knew walk/trot/turn. Wouldn't back up under saddle if there was a fire under his nose, very stubborn and headstrong. I fell in love with Boo.

    Philippa gave me a wonderful birthday gift that year. My birthday falls in mid november, so this was during my lease of the lesson horse Tony, who I was still riding occasionally while I helped Philippa with her horses. My birthday gift was a FREE year's lease on Boo. I still have the piece of paper she wrote it on :)

    Fast forward to spring of 1992. Philippa hit some hard financial times, and had to basically give up her horses to the BO to cover board bills (8 horses in a boarding barn meant a huge bill each month). All the horses went to auction, in Innisfail, a town about 2 hours south of Edmonton (where I live). My dad and I drove to the auction, with a strict budget set of $1000. Boo went into the ring, we had never in our lives been at a horse auction before, and the bids quickly got close to our limit. Boo sold to somebody else for just $1025. I was heart broken!

    I spent the summer depressed, not riding at all, and wondering if my short experience in the horse world was going to be over forever.

    Somehow we tracked down the person that bought Boo at the auction. Turns out it was a trail riding operation just east of Calgary. My dad talked to Boo's new owner and convinced him to sell Boo to us. The guy wouldn't go lower than $1500. My dad agreed. To this day I will never be able to fully express just how much that meant to me. My dad was a single parent, raising me from the age of 11 all on his own. $1500 was a huge chunk of his income to spend on a horse. And then he covered all my horse expenses for years after, as long as I was in school.

    So we rented a trailer, drove down to get Boo. I had a friend in school that told me about a great boarding place near my home, and we coordinated arrangements to keep Boo there. To this day I will always call that barn my second home. I kept Boo there from fall of 1992 to fall of 1995, when he foundered and I decided that a barn with an indoor arena was better to keep him worked and keep the weight off him during winter. So took Boo back to the barn where I first met him. By now it had changed hands but was still a nice place. Kept him there til 1998 I think, then moved him back to the 'my second home' barn for about a year, then moved him to a smaller private acreage when a good riding friend moved her horse there too (we rode together quite often and I didn't want to lose that, plus board was slightly less at the smaller place).

    Fast forward to 2001. I am now 20 years old and off on my own. Paying rent for my own apartment and all other expenses that come with being an adult. Sadly, I had to choose between supporting myself independently, or living beyond my means and keeping my horse. Was the most difficult thing i've had to do in life, but finances just were not available to do it all. I gave my Boo to the BO for back board bills I owed. To this day I still wonder what happened to him, if he stayed there or if he was sold. I have the gps coordinates of the place I last kept him, just trying to do a gps to address conversion so I can look up the phone number of the acreage, to find out and get closure. I doubt my Boo would still be alive, he was 7 years old in 1991, so that would make him 29 today. But just knowing how the rest of his life ended up would help ease my heart. I've started riding again after a 12 year break, but it doesn't feel quite the same without my heart horse Boo.

    So...... that's my first horse story!

    This was Boo.



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        06-22-2013, 02:00 PM
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    Yearling
    Love the stories. Keep them coming 😊
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        06-22-2013, 10:33 PM
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    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GamingGrrl    
    Oh gosh. My first horse story is SUCH a disaster. I'm ashamed. I was also 8 or 9 at the time, so I take no responsibility.

    My parents went with a few friends to a horse auction "just to look". Like that ever happens! They ended up falling in love with a purdy pony. He was a huge sorrel 5 year old greenbroke QH gelding. We weren't horse people at the time, so we had to hire someone to haul him home for us. We got him home and he ran around the pasture for 4 hours straight. The horse seller stayed and watched for a while, and silently walked to him and flipped up his lip looking for a racing tattoo.

    Over the next month we had him, he ran through a fence to get to my neighbors horses and was found standing in their barn, broke my dads rib, threw off a trainer, and bit me on the shoulder hard enough to pick me off the ground.

    We sold him to a really nice guy and now he's a fantastic cutting horse, I went to riding lessons for years, then got an ancient appy mare. And we lived happily ever after until she passed a few years later.

    How's that for doing everything wrong for your first horse?!
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    Sounds VERY similar to my story. Trust me I probably did even more wrong don't feel to bad. Lol I was seven and the most horse savvy in the family and I hadn't taken a lesson in my life.
         
        06-22-2013, 10:36 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I am NOT going to go into her story because it is just a disaster with a side of drama.

    Star
    ~ brood mare standarbred
    ~ dark bay
    ~ 14.2 h
    ~ I was seven and she was twelve at purchase. I sold her a year later with her foal.
         
        06-23-2013, 11:17 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    Brandy
    ~ Tennessee Walking Horse mare
    ~ Sorrel with two socks and two stockings
    ~ Barely 15hh
    ~ She was 7 when I got her and now she's 10.

    Three years ago when I got her she was very green (as was I!), badly trained and in bad condition. (We were new to horses and didn't know.) She had quite the little headstrong attitude (still has a bit of that!) and resisted every single thing we taught her. My trainer put a couple months of training into her, but for the rest of it she told me what to do while I rode. It went a lot slower than if we had just let our trainer train her all they way first, but I have a lot more experience on the training side of things than I would have otherwise. Sure, at times it was incredibly frustrating. But looking back now I don't regret that we got her at all. She is really beautiful now appearance-wise, too.

    Now I look forward to our rides and she is a pleasure to ride. Still can be challenging, especially for newer riders, but it's a lot better. I can do a lot more advanced things with her now and she's getting the hang of cantering properly and on cue pretty well. (More complicated to teach gaited horses to canter correctly because they can get some wacky weird in-between gaits goin'!) I've done a little bridleless with her as well. I'm actually going to a horse camp with her in a few days.

    I love her so much and she will be with me until death do we part!

    Here are some pictures! The first one is when I got her (I was 13 then). The second one is from about 4 months after I got her, and the rest are more recent.
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    Next year:
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    These two are from last summer:
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    This is from just last winter: )Please ignore my crookedness. I was in the process of trying to straighten out. Lol)
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    And these were taken very recently: (I'm just taking a little girl for a ride there.)
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        06-23-2013, 11:19 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    Just had to add... her tail is longer than any of those pictures now. I just had to trim it because it was dragging the ground!
         
        06-25-2013, 09:31 AM
      #9
    Banned
    Wow these stories are awsome
         
        06-25-2013, 11:00 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    I, too, did just about everything wrong for my first horse. She was a green 4 year old that was notorious for bucking. I was a typical horse-crazy 9 year old that had only ridden a few other times before that. At the time, my aunt and our neighbors shared their pastures. Each had 30 acres, they just didn't separate it with a fence. So all of their horses went together in one big pasture, and anybody could ride any of them with permission, which is how I met Sissy. The neighbor lady just didn't get along with her. Scratch that, Sissy hated her, haha. I, on the other hand, always liked her because of her sweet demeanor on the ground, despite her age. She seemed very smart, which I later found that out to be VERY true. Our neighbors decided to move to the city, so they were selling all of their animals, Sissy included. Thankfully, my mom bought her for me. It was rough in the beginning, but she turned out to be the best kids horse we've ever had. To this day, she is my go-to girl. We can go bareback and bridleless and do just about anything. She definitely will be with us for life.

    Even though my story had a happy ending, I DO NOT recommend going about it as I did! I at least had more experienced horse people around to help me out if I needed it, lol. Anyhoo, on with pictures.

    The very first time I got to ride her..
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    Last night.
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