1. I'm almost 19 years old, and it all started by going to a horseback riding birthday party in the 2nd grade. I like riding the horses, and in 3rd grade, I got lessons. I did stop riding between 8th and 10th grade, but then I got my own horse.
2. My first horse was my Rusty. I found him online about 12 miles away from us, which is a blessing because we aren't a horse populated area. He did English and western and was just a great horse. Got him home and he turned into a brat. I owe him all of my confidence in myself and my leadership skills as he forced me to become the alpha. Now, we're into hunters and are going to our first big show in August. He's a 15.3 hand 11 year old red dun Quarter Horse that looks more like a Thoroughbred.
3. I pay for most horse-related things. I paid for a lot of my tack and supplies. I pay the farrier. Some vet bills - if my mom gets her hands on them before I do she pays them. Whoever picks up feed buys it. And I pay for my lessons and shows. How? I have a part-time job at the grocery store. I work 20-30 hours with college, and 30+ hours on summer vacation. I also try to keep tabs on where money goes and make the horses one of the first priorities. I make myself readily available for hours at work.
Oh, and if we're still wondering about bucking, keep the head up and the feet moving. A horse can't buck well if the head is up, and getting the horse to move its feet is a distraction as well.
:) Nice to meet you all.