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        03-26-2012, 08:54 AM
    Hello All, I am 62 years old. That may put me in the running for one of the oldest here. I have been a horse person all my life, but didn't actually get my own "heart horse" until I was 45. In my younger years growing up I always managed to have a horse to ride although not always the same one each time I got to do horsey things and ride. My parents couldn't afford to get me a horse and we lived in town with no where to keep one. I lived and breathed horses in other ways. I read every thing I could get my hands on and subscribed to several horse magazines. I got lots of practical experience and used what self-educating I had done.

    I got to ride a lot of guided trail rides when we went on vacations. As an adult, my younger sister and her husband had horses so I got to ride and help take care of theirs. They had Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. The other breeds I have ridden are Missouri Foxtrotters, 3-gaited Saddlebreds, a 5-gaited Saddlebred, two Poas, Paints, a Tennessee Walker and lots of grade horses. The 3-gaited Saddlebreds were owned by a friend of ours and I helped him train his horses to drive.

    When I got my QH mare in 1995 when my husband and I moved to our country home. She is the light of my life and still healthy and sound at 25 years old. We became each other's when she was an 8 year old. She and I covered over the years most likely hundreds of miles on our country back roads and many, many benefit trail rides and trailered to Conservation Land Equestrian Trails. She and I rode in parades and saddle club playdays. My husband wanted a horse to go on rides with me so we found him a nice grade mare. We went on many overnight and a few 4 day camping trips with them. We then added a POA mare for our grandkids. I eventually bought the Tennessee Walker gelding and an Appaloosa gelding. I had my QH mare bred three times and got 3 very nice foals, a colt and two full sister fillys. The colt/gelding is now a Civil War Re-Eactment mount for his owner. Both fillys were registered QH. One is on a ranch near San Antonio and the other is just about an hours drive from us.

    I retired my QH mare when I had an accident in 2008 falling from the top of our hay trailer that had a new full load on it. I shattered my left knee joint, spent two weeks flat on my back in the hospital and 3 surgeries, wheel chair bound for 2 months. That accident ended my riding days. Then I had to have back surgery in 2010.

    All in all I have some great memories to cherish. That is me and my QH mare in my avatar.
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        03-26-2012, 11:51 AM
    Hi Candy
    My story is like yours too. I have always loved horses too
    But my parents could not afford a horse since we also lied in a small
    Town, I did have access to horses and I had riding lessons from 8-11
    I still am horseless but I am looking for a lease
        03-26-2012, 11:53 AM
    Candy, have you thought about driving? Many people who can't ride get into driving, so they can still do something with their beloved horses.
        03-26-2012, 11:58 AM
    Candy, it is nice to meet you!
    I can sympathize with the bad leg injury as I have a titanium rod in my left leg.
    Have you thought about trying an easy gaited horse? It's amazing how much easier it is to ride a horse who always has a foot on the ground.
        03-26-2012, 12:11 PM
    I went to my cousins place yesterday for a baby shower,
    They live on a farm which belongs to another cousin
    Any ways Peggy and Paul rescued some horses in Alberta
    Last year from a woman who abused them, the horses were only yearlings
    At the time and wild. There is the colt, he is a Paint Quarter Horse Shire cross his name is Storm the filly is a Quarter horse cross too and her name is Missy
    When they got them home they could not get near them and the little filly
    Was more scared than the colt
    When I went out to the field where they were both came up to me
    The colt who is the leader was the first at the fence I put my hand near his
    Nose so he could get my scent I started to pet him he really loved attention I I even petted the filly, I then picked some grass and fed it to the colt first while talking softly then I gave some grass to the filly
    I loved both of the so here are some pictures
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        03-26-2012, 12:14 PM
    Welcome to the group Candy! Seems that quite a few of us here found our horses later in life after dreaming of them for so long.

    So sorry to hear about your injuries - I was also going to ask if you've ever considered driving rather than riding?
        03-26-2012, 12:16 PM
    CW you must have been in heaven with those horses! Both are very cute! Does your cousin live very far from you? (can you see my wheels turning here LOL) Could you board a horse there?????
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        03-26-2012, 12:25 PM
    Country Woman,
    Those are some really cute horses!
    I agree with Grace, are they close to you?
    Maybe you could find a trainer and ride one of those cuties~!
        03-26-2012, 12:26 PM
    Yes With Grace I was in heaven especially when the both came up to me
    My cousins live about 45 or more minutes from us and both work every
    Milking cows for my other cousin who run a huge dairy farm.
    These horses are too young to be ridden and they would have to be
    Trained first
    I am welcome there anytime

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