04-25-2012, 05:28 PM
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Hello all! I am brand new here! (this is my first post) I was lurking and somehow found my way to this thread, and knew this was where to put my first post....
I am almost 53, and just recently got back into riding after many years. My first rides as a small child were pony rides that my cousin and I used to beg to be taken to every Sunday. That led to visiting my best friends grandparents who had horses galore and actually learning to ride. By then I was deeply in love with horses! When I was a teenager I was very good friends with 2 girls who had horses of their own, and boarded nearby, so I spent every moment I could with them, helping them, riding on weekends, and eventually taking English lessons there. When I rode for pleasure though, it was always western. Though my parents could afford it, they would never let me have my own- something I STILL tell them was their mistake! ;) I went on a few trail rides over the years, but just last summer decided it was time. Time for me to have my own horse. Being the level headed person that I am, I knew I should take lessons again, and learn all about horse care first. So....first I read, and read and read everything I could get my hands on. Then I decided I wanted to ride western and then I started searching for a good place to take lessons that wasn't an hour away from home. Finally in February I thought I had found the perfect place, but after one lesson knew I would either get seriously hurt there, or end up being scared to death. Somehow, I managed to find another place- just 5 minutes from my home, a young man who grew up with horses, raises champions, and is a trainer and riding instructor. He is patient, kind, never yells, and will stand out in the riding ring, even when it is below 45 degrees giving me my lesson.
I was a tiny bit scared at first, and thought maybe I should just stick with only walking for the rest of my life, lol! However, trotting has not been so bad! Stretching, working out some, losing a few pounds, I am really enjoying it and am so looking forward to the day when Josh(my instructor) will help me to buy my first horse! I am aiming for early fall.
I read threw quite a bit of the early messages on this board, and couldn't wait to read all of them, I just had to post, you all are so friendly! :)
I look forward to getting to know you all, and am very much enjoying all the pictures!