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.