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post #101 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 02:16 PM
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Waves her cane and the oldies, and says Hi



Not a joke at the moment, I actually am using the cane for walking until I get this knee fixed, they are surprisingly handy things you know

Now who am I, well I was born 54 years ago in the south east of England, a long awaited and much loved daughter, who my Mum was going to raise to be a lady in her image. Delight soon turn to bemusement, and frustration and then resignation. I'm told me first word was horse, I used to watch horses the whole time. When I was little I used to be taken to the local park where for a few pennies you would be thrown on the back of a horse, walked up the lane, around the big tree and back to the stables. One autumn day, they say I had just turned 3, I was led up to the tree, the leader let go to rub his hands together to try and warm them up, and the horse bolted back to the stable. Everyone was having fits, but I was found happily still on the back of said horse, who had gone back to his stall, I was bouncing up and down saying "Faster" The hope was that experience would of scared me, in fact it just made the addiction worse.

As soon as I was deemed old enough I was sent for lessons, and at a scarily young age I was taking the bus ride to the stables with my lunch and staying all day, by the time I was 11 I was staying over night as well, like many horsey kids I was cleaning stalls and tack etc to pay for rides, the longer I was there, the more I did the more I could ride.

From when I left school at 15 I worked in all kinds of roles but kept riding, only stopping when I was expecting my first child. Then came the barren time, eventually two small kids, no time, no money, etc, so no riding. Then I started helping out with the Riding for the Disabled, and also taking lessons, found out that my years of training had been out of date, and plain wrong, so I had to learn to ride properly, that was a shock.

I eventually got my own horse, had a few different ones, until I bought a QH and started riding western, I felt like I had come home, it was great, I loved western riding. All was fine for a few years, then husband lost his job, we lost the land, we had a break in and lost even more, the horses had to go, and I kind of gave up on life for a while.

A few years later we decide to move to Canada, we have land, I have horses, I'm enjoying riding my western horses on the prairies, but have no direction. Then I get a bad knee and think I'm going to have to stop riding, maybe I'll drive, didn't enjoy that at all, and eventually came across my current trainer and dressage. So I converted back to English, still ride western for fun, but now have a purpose and focus in my life.

So here I am now, the first bad knee was fixed, now waiting for the second to be done, soon please soon! Then it is onward and upward with my dressage, and onward and downward with my weight, a constant struggle since my breakdown

I will post pics of my crew if you want, but I figure you know them all by now
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We have ordered from ebay and never had a problem

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post #103 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:03 PM
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I guess I'm one of the older riders. I'm going on 63.
The extent of my riding when younger was pony rides at a local park. At the age of 59, I saw an ad for trail rides and decided I wanted to try it. It was only my daughter (13) and I plus the guide and I loved it. All we did was walk but I liked sitting on a horse. Then I found our local school system was offering English riding through an equistrian center and I decided "why not". I was hooked. I took the class twice but had no access to a horse to practice on. Then last year I saw an ad on Craig's list for leasing a horse. It was 30 miles away, but I got brave and took a chance. I now lease an Arabian and a Thorobred (one is supposed to be my daughter's). I am overhorsed on the Abrabian and I know it. But I keep trying. Her trot will throw you right out of the saddle and I know she gets away with a lot of things she shouldn't. I am learning. Starting lessons again next month. I have never cantered -- got to stay on at the trot first. I WILL do it or die trying! Lol
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post #104 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:09 PM
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HI.... I just turned 44 a few days ago.. I started riding when I was 6y.o.. then when I was 13 I owned my first horse a 16hd thourghbred.. did hunter/jumpers for 12 years until I started nursing school then sold my horse at the time a 5 y.o hanovarian. Finished Nursing school .. raised to beautiful children now 25 and 19 .. 2 years ago I was divorced after 20 years .. and realized I was missing my true love which also made me feel complete a HORSE... so I started looking.. not alot of money but found myself two 3 y.o paints.. since then I decided to change from English riding to Western.. training my horse in Trail at horse shows.. but also found the love of horse camping.. nothing like being in the Redwoods on top of a mountain looking over the valley... broughty me closer to peace then I have ever felt.. Last January my filly Chica had a terrible horse trailer accident and had to be put down.. brought me such pain.. coudnt use my horse trailer for 6 months.. and after cont to ride and working through the loss I found myself ready to get another horse... I love having two horses... I bought from Spotted Fawn Ranch in Montana a filly... she is now 9 months and so sweet... I have had men come and go in my life.. but I will never give up my true love again HORSES... <3<3

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post #105 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:14 PM
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Lessons will definitely help. You're never too old to learn to ride.

The ground may be harder than it used to be and we older folks don't bounce anymore; we splat and break things, but if you have the passion those are just inconveniences.

I've been riding since I was 20 y/o, but I can't remember a time when I didn't love horses and dream of owning one.

Good for you for getting out there and doing what you love.
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post #106 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:16 PM
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I still think I'm one of the oldest at 65. I rode pretty much my whole life but have only owned horses for 30+ years. When I was younger I rode English and rode some Hunters and Jumpers but then I moved to PA and when I showed up to ride with some guys I worked with, I was out of place! I was in tall boots, a helmet, and breeches - they were in jeans, cowboy hats, and saddlebags. I had a 16.2 TB, they had 15h QHs. Long story short, ~20 some years ago I went over to the dark side (as my family said) and only ride Western now. I used to think that anything smaller then 16h was a pony but now my favorite mare is on the short side of 15h.
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post #107 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:16 PM
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post #108 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:24 PM
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post #109 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:25 PM
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CW...I have found a ton of stuff on ebay. Used tack, I have found, works great...already broken in and a fraction of the cost. I would wait for the horse though...I got myself in trouble buying a few things too early. Fun to shop though!!!

He knows when you are happy. He knows when you are proud. He also knows when you have a carrot.
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post #110 of 29437 Old 02-07-2012, 03:32 PM
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Her trot will throw you right out of the saddle and I know she gets away with a lot of things she shouldn't. I am learning. Starting lessons again next month. I have never cantered -- got to stay on at the trot first. I WILL do it or die trying! Lol
Any advice?
Hopefully the roughness stays in the Arab's trot and doesn't carry over into the canter. When I was a kid, breaking horses for my grandpap, the Rule of Thumb was to get them in the plowed field and graduate to a disked field every spring.

The purpose was to teach the horse to make his legs the shock absorbers - to keep the action in his legs without transferring a lot of "bounce" to the back.

Anyway, my only advice for canter preparation is you have to have balance and be a bit on the limber side. I suspect your first instinct is to stiffen up, whether you realize it or not; that doesn't allow you to move with the horse.

Here's the ugly part - lol lol lol Can you still work a hoola-hoop? Whether the answer is "yes", "no", or "I never worked one", go to WalMart or Tarshay (Target) and buy one.

Learn to use it - even if it's just enough twirls that you know you can keep it in place. Hopefully you don't have back injuries bad enough to prevent that. Hoola hoops are a great co-ordination exercise and virtually low impact; even if your knees aren't that great. If you get really good, you could find some music that fits your "beat" and hoola hoop to the music.

That will limber your hips and lower back and get them used to "swinging" with the motion of a cantering horse. Once your body knows what to do instinctively (like riding a bicycle), you should be able to lose the fear of falling off at a lope; hopefully the Arab knows how to lope

Orrrrr, if you can find one, lease a gaited horse and never again have to worry about bouncing at the trot. They do a "power walk" that averages 3 MPH - 5 MPH; some much faster. Therefore they don't need to canter and it's not an issue; unless you want to show in pleasure classes with a trotting horse

That's all I got - lollol
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