Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Brandon, Manitoba Canada
Yes I fit in the category of 50's.......I have always liked a shorter horse, never did like to look down and see how far it was to the ground LOL
I am now 53, basically I stay at home and take care of everything around here. Two dogs (Bud and Weiser), cats (3 that are our's and who knows how many strays) and my 3 horses and 1 boarded here.
I grew up loving horses and at age 12 my parents moved us outside of the city and I got my first horse!
I got back into horses 10yrs. ago, I still have him, my appy gelding Chips who was 6 weeks old when he came here with his Mom (she went back after he was weaned). He's a big boy, I have a friend who has come out for the past 4 yrs. and has ridden him for me. He's a good boy but he's too tall for me!
I got my mare who is 11 now when she was 3yrs. old, she had 30 days of riding.....wth was I thinking!!! I hadn't ridden in over 30yrs. and she was as green as you could get! She was scared of everything, I would cough, move quick and she would be heading for the hills! I rode her for 3yrs. with a bareback pad (I couldn't lift the saddle on her) and her halter, I never once fell off of her no matter how many 360's we did, I must have the grip of death with my legs LOL I had never used a saddle even as a kid, always rode bareback but I needed the pad with the stirrups just for the extra balance but I sure learnt my balance quick! Spice and I have come a long ways, I've had her 8yrs. now and we go all over the place riding with groups/friends and having the time of our lives!
Then I have Spice's baby, he's 4 now, his name is Street......I know who would name their horse Street LOL but he's named after my youngest daughter's ex-fiance who got killed over in Afganistan.....so his name is private Street.
Then I have a friend who boards his horse here, Starbuck has been here since he was 6 months old and he just turned 5 this year. His owner had a accident training a warm blood a couple years ago and broke his back, Starbuck is the best horse anyone could have!
I have 3 grandkids and one on the way, the oldest is 13 and he has a brother who is 9.....they are expecting the new arrival come fall. Then I also have a grandaughter who is going to be 12 this summer.
All three of the grandkids have ridden Spice/Chips for the past few years, just in the round pen or arena.....the oldest one has come out on trail rides with us though......
My horses are the joy in my life.....