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post #1 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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How did you first get into horses?

Just curious

When I was in 6th grade I could care less about horses. But my sister was in love with them, and my mom said that I had to take riding lessons with her in order for her to do horse back riding lessons. I gave in (only because she kept me up all night begging ) and within the next two weeks we started riding at a fancy stables about 10 minutes away from our house. We rode there for a sister absolutely loved it, but I could care less. My sister was always put on the fun horses...ones that were faster, but still listened. Where as I was put on the old, slow horse. The trainer that we had also, didn't seem to like me...she always would yell at me and make me do things that I wasn't ready to do. We left that stables after riding there for about 3 months, but not because of the trainer, but because they kept raising the price.

Then we went to a stabls about 20 minutes away from my house. The stables was owned by a vet, but the trainer was someone else. The trainer was nice, but would always put me on a too high spirited horse, that would bolt. She also started us cantering way to early (at least too early for me). The trainer didn't know how to tack up a horse...the saddles would always be too loose and it would slip to the side. We left because it was too cold to ride in the winter and the trainer was always late for lessons (a 1 hour lesson...and she was uaully 20-30 minutes late...yet still charged us the full price).

So we stopped all together. Still I could care less about horses, and my sisters love of them slowly died. Then when my sister started piano lessons from a lady, my mom spoke to me saying that I needed some PE for highschool or else I couldn't graduate (I'm homeschooled). I sat down and looked at all the sports I could do...finally I chose horse back riding. But where to ride?
Thankfully and ironically, my sister's piano teacher also was a riding instructor...owned her own stables, and horses. So we signed up for a lesson at her stables to see how I'd like it.

The first lesson I was put on the beginner horse, a 24 year old (but still was spunky haha) to see how much I knew. Next lesson I was on a Paint mare, but I hated her. Then next was my frist trail ride...I was riding a new horse...a GYpsy Vanner. It was because of him that I fell in love with horses!! And I've been hooked ever since!
(note I started riding at the lady's stables only in it was a LONG gap between the first two stables and this one)
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 09:54 PM
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That's funny that you weren't interested in horses at first, Sonny! What a great idea for a thread!

Mine's simple:

None of my family besides me is horsey... my dad is because I am, but that's it.. so I didn't have much influence as a toddler, but anyways:

My aunt gave me the movie Black Beauty when I was 3 or 4 or so, I fell in love with horses, and begged my mom to get me riding lessons, which she finally gave into... I started riding when I was around 4 1/2.

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post #3 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 10:24 PM
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mine was when i was 4 year ikd and i had a pony party llol i have loved them ever since :)

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post #4 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 10:25 PM
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I first fell in love with horses when i was two-ish... They had the pony rides where you get on and go on a circle while the horses (actually oversized minis or small ponies) walked around on a hotwalker... I fell in love w/ the biggest one named Prince.... it cost a buck per ride and I kept going time after time..... my dad almost went broke.... every year I would ride TONS of times.... then when I was 6 or 7 my mom said I could take lessons...... we opened up the yellow pages and I got to choose a stable..... I chose the one w/ the cool picture of two horses that were racking.....

I took lessons for two years and then we had to stop because prices went up and we bought a new house and could afford to drive the 65 miles each week to take me to my lesson
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 10:28 PM
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I have always adored animals! Ask Mom! She said that I used to crawl around saying I was a dog and my name was either "Rose" or "Demon" and I actually licked people! :roll: Anyhow, we used to go to a miniature horse farm about fifteen minutes out of town. The owners were good friends of ours. I absolutely LOVED the minis with a passion and thats where horses all started for me. Since I was born.

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post #6 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 10:46 PM
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I was one of the lucky ones born into horses. I count them among the ones that raised me.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-23-2008, 11:38 PM
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Get into horses...

When I was 14 I was invited to my stepfathers mothers house which just happened to be a small boarding barn in the country. It was all down hill from there. Being a young "straight" guy around a barn full of lovely horse women. I knew I had found home. Don't get me wrong, I loved the horses, but the social aspect of the barn is what kept me coming back when I was younger. I'm 31 now and attached but still can't get away from the horses. It's in my blood or something. Looking back, I can't name a single friend from highschool that I am still intouch with, but I am still best of friends with many of those boarders from my old barn. Horses gave me a purpose and almost an identity. It was those early years of riding that really shaped me into who I am today.

Thank you to all the horses from my youth and hello to all those that I call friends because horses brought us together.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-24-2008, 11:36 AM
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I have always loved animals so when a friend of mine started taking riding lessons I went to and 5 years later im still Jumping!
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-24-2008, 07:15 PM
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For me, I was born into a horse family. When I was 2 though, my mother was kicked in the face by a hyper Arab colt, and when she was released from the hospital 2 months later, my grandmother had sold all the horses. We only just started having horses again 3 years ago.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-24-2008, 08:41 PM
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Wow this really is a good question.. but hmm, well i grew up with neighbors havin horses and i would give them grass in those rare momments, but i never got really in to them. I will admit i was strongly influenced in school with rap and what was cool, so i had a period of my life where i was tryin to find out who i was and i quess find myself. Listenin to country at my school was just weird so for a long time i thought Country music was for sissies, but about 2 years ago i started listenin to it and i just connected. Everythin came together when my uncle took me to one of the horse auctions that he always goes to, and from then on Horses have just grasped me completely, and this only happend last year. for the longest time i have never been interested in ANYTHING, everyone had somethin they loved and here is me still tryin to find it.... Horses is my love! And right now i want to commit fully into it but i cant right now because college is right around the corner and i am havin a hard time with doin what i want to do. :(

Well my plans now are to probly start my own business training horses/people and boardin.. but i will add more.. but i just want to really go deeper into my new found love.


I love my horse. She is the wind beneath my wings.

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