I am 54... like others I have ridden off and on all my life.. enjoyed Quarter horses, Arabians, Halflinger and more recently own a Tennessse Walker and a Tobiano Spotted Saddle horse. Married to a farmer who cannot understand my love and want for horses... no value added in his mind as they eat away any profit... LOL too bad so sad... I love my girls!
I have a friend who owns a huge dairy farm an he says horses are hay burners
But like you his wife had horses before she had kids
I'm pushin' 60! I got my first horse for myself 2 years ago for Christmas. I had belonged to a trail riding/lesson/boarding ranch since my divorce, and had ridden several different horses there. Almost "qualified" w/ Western lessons...walk/jog/lope , but stalled out because of a torn maniscus in my knee (not horse related). I had been thinking of getting my own horse. Barn manager found a bombproof one for me. I call her "Journey". She's an appy/qh mare...17 years old. I have been continuing my lessons on her...further stalled progress because of broken ankle last May (fell down one step!) and car accidented (rear ended) and messed up neck. Back to riding walk/jog in the arena and around the flat parts of the farm. Not back out on the hilly trails yet. Life is never dull! Who said horseback riding is the only way to get hurt in this wacky world???
Past experience includes riding a fuzzy pony at a friend's house all afternoon when I was about 8...bareback...halter and rope. :) Then there was the 2 years I spent at a ranch in British Columbia when I was in my 20's. Ah, that place was like a movie. Herd of 20 some odd half broke horses they would corral every spring and the kids would ride them around. I bonded with a mare called "Lady". She and I rode for hours on those big flat plains along the river beside the foothills of the Rockies. She had a foal I called "Velvet". I gentled her and she would follow us around. It was like a dream. A lifetime ago.
Now I have Journey. We're growing on one another, most definitely. She's put up with a lot of my silly novice ways. I love her. She's changed my life.
45 here! Grew up in Verden, Germany, the 'City of Horses' with race track, horse complex and auctions. Took lessons on Hannoverians and played Cowboys and Indians on Islandic ponies.
30 years forward.... living in North Carolina, took a couple lessons mid September 2011, leased a QH/Paint end of September 2011, totally fell in love with her and bought her Thanksgiving 2011! Having the best time ever!!!!!
I'm in! I'm in! Lol 37 years old.
Grace... What day in June is your bday? Mine is the 10th! :)
Corgi.. a good friend of mine (who is about 20yrs my senior) went to the White Horse ranch in AZ approx 25 yrs ago, and she still raves about it!
I rode for about 5 minutes when I was 7 yrs old, until my mom decided she was Not going to shell out That kind of money!
Fast forward to age 16. As soon as I got my license I would borrow my mom's car every saturday and go to the pay by the hour riding ranch. After a few months I ran out of friends who would go with me, so I ended up just going by myself. After the first year I was allowed to ride without a guide, the next year I Was the guide! Lol. Those were probably some of the happiest times of my life, I was 17-18 and could come ride anytime I wanted for free, and had about 40 horses to choose from!
Got my first horse when I was 21, and still have him today! He is the handsome old boy in my avatar, Spike, 22 yr old QH. Love of my life!
About a year and a half ago I got my 2nd horse, a huge (to me) 16h paint stock gelding named Gunner, 6 yrs old now. Does he ever keep me on my toes!
Just today we were going for a nice canter, when he suddenly jumped four feet to the right because of a patch of grass that was 2 shades darker than the surrounding grass. I almost fell off his left side, it was very close! Luckily, just then he jumped back to the left two feet because of a stick laying there menacingly. That righted me again. True story!
More-than-forty here too! I have had horses since I was about 12 and loved them since I was about 6. I have been involved in pony club, dressage lessons, trail riding, polo, a riding club queen contest, parades and more. I feel truly blessed that my daughter enjoys horses almost as much as I do. Now we have 4 horses that I keep at home on our acreage. They include an Appendix mare, Arab gelding, ClydexAppy gelding and a Welsh-Hano mare.
Just this afternoon, my DH and took our two geldings out on a trail ride with good friends (all over 40). Tomorrow I start lessons in Western Pleasure and hope to do a little showing at fun shows this summer. My daughter and I have also just started training our Welsh Hano mare under saddle. I was on her back for the first time yesterday! While I do enjoy riding, I think simply sharing the company of horses is what keeps me passionate about them. I feel so fortunate to be able to make horses such a big part of my life.
Another one to add to the over 40 crowd
I got my first horse as a teen in 1979. I was your typical horse crazy girl that bugged my parents enough till they relented & bought me a horse. A yearling AQHA mare We did everything together,broke her to ride & then started showing her AQHA shows.We loved trail,barrels & poles the best!!& won many awards & titles together.I said goodbye & Buried my heart horse after 29yrs together.Have had many horses over the years ,both AQHA & APHA.After schooling & starting a family I started to breed & show APHA & have been up till recently.We have 6 horses now 5 APHA & one AQHA baby,all our own Bred & raised. Haven't been showing much these days but still aim to do some more in future,but also looking at winding that down & just do more trail riding,maybe some penning & barrels..Have been lucky to have had family that support me & my horse habit,even though they don't understand my passion all the time...
Forgot to mention that I was totally horse crazy as a girl. My aunt (two years older, who I idolized) and I used to BE horses on my grandma's farm. We galloped around through the fields all day long. Once we were jumping our "horses" over rows of hay my dad and grandpa were raking and I got a pitchfork through my "hoof". Don't jump so close to the farm hands, Flicka!" None the worse for wear.
Never had a lesson until I was 56. Back in BC, I had no fear. When I think back to some of the things we did back in the day... *faint*
I love what Koolio said about simply sharing the company of horses. My time at the barn and with Journey just centers me. Like today... Just went out for an hour or two. Walked up on the hill in the pasture and found her lying down snoozing in the sun. Petted her sweet head. Sat and watched her a while. Got up and turned to go, and she roused herself and followed me down the hill to the barn lot. Groomed her. Led her around. Talked to her. Lunged her a bit. Not enough time to saddle up and ride today. Just an hour in the sunshine. Life is sweet.