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post #11 of 26 Old 04-09-2010, 09:12 PM
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I was introduced to horses at a very, very young age.

My Father owns and runs his own Gold Mining Company, and many summers our family would camp on his claims during his mining seasons.

One summer, there were girls riding their horses in the area we were camped, and they happened to stop in our site -where they put me on one of their horses. My Mom was holding me, because I was far to young to stay on by myself *My mom has pictures of me in this pink plaid outfit with my hair in pigtails*

My Mom said from that day on, whenever a horse was in our general vacinity, I would point my fingers at them and oooh and ahhh. My Mom and Dad told me that my first clear word was Horse.

My Mom curses that day when she let me sit on that horse - lol. Been hooked since.

When I was in grade 4, my birthday present was a year's worth of riding lessons that my Grandma bought for me. That was our time together, she would come and pick me up and drive me out to the stable and would take pictures of me being around the horses.

LOL - I remember one picture, I was in jeans, gum boots and a green t-shirt that said "Kid for rent, cheap" lol.

I ended up staying with that coach from grade 4 - 8 or 9. I cannot recall to be honest. I do remeber moving out to the country when I was in grade 5. We moved to an area where there were TONS of horses. I started riding other people's horses, just to ride. I didn't care what color, size, breed they were - a horse was a horse to me.

Then over the years, I ended in up Pony Club and blah blah blah blah.

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post #12 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 11:02 AM
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My grandmother bred Welsh ponies, and her Christmas gift to me when I was 4 was an ancient, ancient grey mare called Secret. I plodded around on that pony for years, I loved her to bits.
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post #13 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 11:19 AM
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I always loved horses since I was in preschool, but I did leave them a couple years for orcas, then my mom signed me up for a horse camp in the summer(It had something to do with animals so I was ok;)) and I fell in love again and I didn't know this but apparently I live 2min. away from a stable, started taking lessons and got the bug again but much more serious!! I still love orcas even though I'm trying to do everything horsey:)

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post #14 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 12:44 PM
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My mom always loved horses. I always loved ANY animal. She dragged (actually had to MAKE my brother and I go on a trail ride once LOL, I can't imagine not wanting to...but I didn't! Crazy!!) and I've loved horses since. I wasn't a huge fan of riding at first because I loved riding a spooky mare who liked to take off and had no confidence, but I loved the horses so I still went out. Then I rode Dream who gave me my confidence and have loved riding since

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post #15 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 12:54 PM
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I fell asleep on a Clydesdale while riding in the mountains in Colorado when I was two. That's pretty much where it all started.

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What a man can be, he must be.
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post #16 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 06:20 PM
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My mom took my sister and I to this ranch type thing when I was about 7 or 8 (I have pictures of me somewhere). We were only there for 5 days but I got my Ranch Wrangler ribbon ^-^ and was quite fascinated by the horses. I remember for one entire day, I sat by a fence and watched the horses. Like, 4 hours straight before my mom made me go do family things, haha.

After that, I was obsessed. I wanted a pony, I wanted to ride...I even stole my sister's horse poster 0.0 At the state fair, I dragged my dad to the stables to say hi to every single horse there. I also remember watching part of a show (have a picture of that one, me entranced watching the horse trot by).

On my 9th birthday, I got to go on a pony ride (y'know, the ones where they take teeny ponies and walk in circles). I was utterly enthralled. My grandma had to make me get off XD And when I got home to open my presents and celebrate turning 9, I got a box that contained a pair of jodhpurs and a note saying "4 your riding lessons!" I can still remember the little clip art horse under the note XD The lessons were supposed to be only for 12 weeks, one session...it'll be seven years this fall.

I have pictures from all the aforementioned events...I really need to go find them.

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post #17 of 26 Old 04-10-2010, 06:41 PM
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I started lessons when I was about 4 (I remember it to this day - I even did a lead line show and won!). Since then it's been on and off, but has never been out of mind - haven't been fortunate enough to own yet, but have always made it a part of my life (whether helping out with haying or doing the nightly turn in and feed). It's made for a great goal over the next few years...Black Sterling Friesians here I come! :)
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post #18 of 26 Old 04-11-2010, 02:24 AM
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Parents took me to the races as a young one.
Enough said. =]]
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post #19 of 26 Old 04-11-2010, 04:29 AM
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I 'really' started out with LESSONS at 12! It taught me a lot plus it was a good (albeit gossipy) socially. Then my mother purchased the lesson horse I'd fallen in love with two years later, a 14.3 Morgan mare (who we kept and loved until we lost her to colic the past fall). When we got our own property I rode with different coaches, did clinics and had a best friend who rode and competed with me.

Now after 'growing up' and living overseas for nine years, I've come back home and my friend and I are riding again. She's a coach and I'm able to stay in the saddle, but it's fun. Plus my sisters ride and complete.
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post #20 of 26 Old 04-11-2010, 10:04 AM
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I'd always wanted to have a go, but hadn't done anything about it until I was 26! Got hooked straight away!

Cheers,

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