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post #1 of 71 Old 02-12-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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The Good Old Days--Remember When?

The "mature" horse talk threads gave me an idea for this one. I'd be interested to hear your remembrances of the olden days of horses you've known. Things were so much simpler back then.

I remember "Old Charlie" from my grandparents' farm. They tell me I rode him around the barnyard often when I was a toddler, though I was too young to remember this. All my aunts and uncles rode him bareback. He didn't even have a saddle, only harnesses. He was very sweet and gentle. I do remember visiting him in his pasture when I was a bit older, after he was retired, every time I went to Grandma's. He lived well up into his 30's. In his prime, he plowed the fields, brought in hay, hauled all kinds of stuff around the farm by wagon and sled. Grandma used to drive him pulling a wooden sled up their muddy road to the head of the hollow to pick up grocery and grain deliveries from town. This is a picture of my grandpa riding him back from the hay field. It's a treasure. He was a great horse.

Anyone else have stories of horses in days gone by? In those simpler, sweeter times?
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remember when I used to ride all the time
And I loved it

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Well this thread is easy to respond to. Herewith me and Longford Golden Appollo - aka 'Puddy'. It has to be an old photo, there's me with a Western Hat on an English saddle jumping a fence. They don't allow such frivolities these days - I'd never be allowed to even enter the competition.
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very nice picture Barry

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Back in the day when I was a kid we used to take our horses out to the family cottage in the summer and ride the mountainsides in B.C. With nothing but a halter and a lead rope. If you got thirsty, you drank from a stream. If you got hungry, you gorged on Saskatoon berries. If you got hot, you'd just go for a swim at the boat launch (without getting off your horse). You'd be wearing a swimsuit and flip flops anyways, so it didn't really matter. The water skiers had a bit of a trip though. The time you could leave was at sun-up and the time to be home was sun-down. Life was so simple.

Now, I'd never let my daughter do the same as it wouldn't be tolerated by the "lake association". I'd also be too worried about dirt bikes, quads, hunters, partying drunks, cougars and bears up in the mountains to let my daughter take a horse up there.

Oh how I miss the good old days!!
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Back in the day when I was a kid we used to take our horses out to the family cottage in the summer and ride the mountainsides in B.C. With nothing but a halter and a lead rope. If you got thirsty, you drank from a stream. If you got hungry, you gorged on Saskatoon berries. If you got hot, you'd just go for a swim at the boat launch (without getting off your horse). You'd be wearing a swimsuit and flip flops anyways, so it didn't really matter. The water skiers had a bit of a trip though. The time you could leave was at sun-up and the time to be home was sun-down. Life was so simple.

Now, I'd never let my daughter do the same as it wouldn't be tolerated by the "lake association". I'd also be too worried about dirt bikes, quads, hunters, partying drunks, cougars and bears up in the mountains to let my daughter take a horse up there.

Oh how I miss the good old days!!
I remember going some of this when I was teen riding with my cousins
We would ride bareback on the road. No helmet or saddle or boots

We would go for hours and then on the way back we would go to the
River and swim with the horses
I would never do that now lol
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I remember going some of this when I was teen riding with my cousins
We would ride bareback on the road. No helmet or saddle or boots

We would go for hours and then on the way back we would go to the
River and swim with the horses
I would never do that now lol
I would love to be able to do this again just to experience that sense of pure unbridled freedom!
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Not me, but these are photos of my mother. She used to volunteer to take care of these ponies at a nearby stable. My mother left me two of her diaries she wrote in as a kid and inside were these pictures!


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what a memory to have of your mom

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As a kid, my best friend and I used to ride the ponies up to the country store...which was on an old back road, parking lot was dirt, and there was a hitching post outside we tied the ponies to. With a dollar in our pockets we got a big bag of candy and rode home so happy. Wish my kids could have that experience....

That store has been gone for 25 years now, its a huge grocery store and theres no dirt roads anywhere around there. It's one of the more upscale areas in my region now. I think about it a lot and I miss those innocent times.
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