Well I'll be 50 next month ... YIPES! I grew up with horses. Did shows, 4-H, state competitions, etc. Gave horse riding lessons and helped train for extra money for Jr. College.
My first "horse" was a Shetland pony named "Bill". My only real memory of him was his name and promptly being removed from his back by him scraping me along the side of our barn! I think I was 5 yo then. Then I had a welsh pony and he was full of the awesome. Had him until he passed away and then I picked up a 4 year old QH mare that all she knew was to walk forward. Her name was Ky and I fell in love at that point and my Dad bought her for me. She was with me until the end of my show career then I retired her. Unfortunately I was forced to sell her when I was 20 because my Dad sold our farm and moved to where I couldn't have her anymore.
Life took over, I never was able to afford to get another horse and keep it the way I believe it should be so life moved on. Now, my hubby and I are finally in the position to bring them back into our lives. We are now looking for the perfect two to fit with us. Hopefully within the next year we'll have our trail riding buddies.