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post #1 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Happy Mothers Day!

Hey all, as a tribute to our mamas I thought I would start a thread on how your mama has made an impact on you as an equestrian.

I'll start

My mama always told me that if you love something, never let anyone take it away from you. So, the minute I got my first horse, I spent more time in the barn then I did at my house. My mama always told me that you need to find what makes you happy, and you need to pursue it to keep yourself smiling through good times and bad. When she realized that while I was in 4-H, it would be impossible for me to fit in because my horse wasn't worth thousands of dollars and I didn't have show tack encased in silver or a show clothes closet worth thousands of dollars, she helped me do my best. Even though I began to hate going to the 4-H meetings because of snotty members, she pushed me because she knew it was the riding that counted, not what the snotty people and cranky group director thought. And you know what? Because of her pushing me to practice, I beat all the people in our group my last year of 4-H, and placed 1st in Western Riding, Reining, Showmanship for 2 year olds, and I placed in barrels.

2 years ago my mama was diagnosed with a serious, rare, and aggressive form of cancer. This came completely out of the blue. She had been fine, healthy, active, nothing pointed to this. Then one night we rushed her to ER. She was in and out of the hospital, and the one thing she kept telling me was that it didn't matter what happened because if you love something you will do whatever it takes to keep it. She later told me that she loved my sister, my step dad, and me so much that she had to find a way to keep going, no matter what. Her prairie woman resilience demolished the cancer, and she is in complete remission.

Her toughness has always showed me that no matter how bad the situation is, no matter how bad you want to quit, no matter how hard it might be, you can always pull through and find a way to keep what you love.

Having horses hasn't always been easy, buy my mama always inspired me to do what I can.

I love my mama so much! She is my greatest inspiration.

What has your mama done for you to make a difference? Did you tell your mama happy mothers day today? Did you tell her you love her?

You have to learn how to fall before you can learn how to ride~
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 04:22 PM
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My mother was taking lessons when I was a young child and I always envied her for it. I couldn't wait until was old enough to start taking lessons myself. At that time the age was 9. So at Christmas my parents bought me a helmet and paddock boots and an IOU for lessons. They eventually bought me my own horse when I was 13. I had a few children of my own down the line and got out of the horse "business". Then my daughter started riding at 13 and I got back into it. Which, in turn, inspired my mother to ride again. Unfortunately, she had a bad accident with 8 broken ribs, 2 vertebrae, and a punctured lung. None of us have ever regretted it though. And I am now the proud owner of another horse. Which both of my children ride...8 and 15. I hope the circle continues on for generations.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 04:28 PM
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My mom is the one who supported me when I wanted to start riding, drove me to volunteer at both the therapy barn and the summer camps for two years, bought all my riding gear, saddle, tack, and even bought me my Beau as a gift.

I was really lucky.
Love you, mom.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 04:35 PM
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my mom is gone to heaven now but my mom was
always there for me when I needed her she took me to my therapy
appointments. helped my with my horses, taught me how to knit and cook
I love my mom

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post #5 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 05:34 PM
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well today is also my moms bday! and she always supports me and showing she doesnt like showing very much but she comes with and helps out. she saddled my first horse for a year when my saddle was to heavy. she bought us all new stuff, and when we needed it she got us more, she got us feed and treats. we took lessons for a week more as for my horse them me. she rode him and i rode my friends 3 year old Clyd/Qh and went trail ridding, anytime we went out she would get his feed ready. took me to the barn for 4 years 6 times a week after working all day at her job. went and looked for another horse and bought him for her, and let me toake him when we gave my horse to my aunt, and has boughten me a QH, arab/qh, Clyd/Tb, another arab/qh, TB, my now Paint TB, and her Paint mustang.

also many other horse things and build a barn for our horses and a round pen. goes trail riding with me, and down the road.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 06:28 PM
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My mom has had the greatest impact of anyone on me as an equestrian. She is retired now (old injuries don't allow her to be consistent) but was also a trainer & riding intructor. She taught me darn near everything I know about horses as well as teaching others to ride.

I was "shadowing" her giving lessons and hosting horsemanship camps from the time I was big enough to be plopped and parked on one of the resident old plugs. She was a very tough teacher, she pushed me hard to be better than I thought I could be and even though there were trying times, she absolutely made me a "sticks like a tick" rider.

She instilled in me a competitive drive that has allowed me to push my own boundaries through life. She taught me to be a humble winner as well as a humble loser. When I didn't come out on top, we'd review those shows/rides like game footage and I had to learn to critique myself. I am still my toughest critic. As a teen, that part of it was frustrating and did cause us to butt heads quite a bit but I am so grateful for it now. I always ask what I did wrong to create the issue I am working through, rarely is it the horse's fault. I thank her for that lesson.

Here's my mom with her heart horse in the 70s

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-13-2012, 08:41 PM
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My mother supports me. She listens to me blab about horses. She watches me ride. She helps me at the barn. She buys me horse stuff. She pays Sun's board.

And she doesn't really like horses.

Now that's love.

I love my mom to death. She's my best friend.
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