Hi Everyone :)
I am going to be 53 very soon.....I always loved horses, as a kid I would ride the fence in our yard....using a rope to make stirrups and reins! Then when I was around 10 I got my parents to drive me every weekend to a trail riding stable where I would help clean stalls or groom horses. I was around 12 when my parents moved us outside of the city and then bought me a horse that spring! I spent all my time with my horse, riding every day.....I rode bareback and with a hackamore. When I was 18 my parents sold my horse (I didn't know until the people came to pick him up) because my older sister had lost interest in her horse and they figured I would too :(
Needless to say life continued, I got married, had a family and then divorced after almost 20yrs. Of marriage. I remarried over 6yrs. Ago, we've been living outside of the city for 12yrs. Now and I got my first horse when I was 41! LOL well he wasn't a horse, he was a 6 week old appy colt that his Mom came with him and then the owner wanted her back to breed her after a couple months. I still have Chips who is 9 now and I have a friend who comes to ride him. I got myself a shorter (I don't like to fall from too high) mare over 7 yrs. Ago, she was 3 and had 30 days of riding on her....what the hell was I thinking!!! I spent 2-3 months just working with her in the round pen, I used a bareback pad and halter on her for the first three years. I must have a death grip with my legs because I never fell off her once when she spun because something spooked her.......I started using a saddle about 4 or 5 yrs. Ago, I had a hard time getting used to it but now I ride mostly with the saddle, sometimes just the bareback pad. I am so blessed to have alot of friends/neighbors who ride horses that I go out with and also one that boards his horse here and we trailer the horses to different areas for day rides or camping. My hubby doesn't ride but he loves the horses and loves to camp so it works out good.
I bred my mare who is a strawberry roan, just under 15hh when she was 6, I wanted her to have one baby. Now her boy is 3yrs. Old and we're starting him. My friend has been helping with him, I use the bareback pad/halter with him and he uses the saddle/bridle with him. We're taking it slow with him, he's still young yet.
I also inherrited a 18yr. Ex-barrel racing horse from my best friend who passed away this past May. I now have a young 15yr. Girl who comes out and rides her so she gets exercise.
I have three grandkids, the oldest is going to be 13 in two weeks, another who is 11 and one who is 8 1/2. They all ride when they are out here but only in the outdoor arena and yard. Last year I let the oldest finally come out on trail rides with us.
We also have two dogs, Bud and Weiser......their Mom is a blue healer/sheltie and their Dad is a beagle/border collie, they keep me on my toes every day!
I came across this site through one of our local websites and joined a couple weeks ago......it's nice to know there are others over 40 out there still living their dreams of horses......