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post #21 of 26 Old 04-11-2010, 06:29 PM
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I was pretty much born into it.
My mum and her sister had ponies when they were little and later started their own riding school.

My mum didn't have any horses when I was born but my aunty did so I grew up around them. First sat on a horse at about 18 months (would have been earlier but I was in a plaster cast from the time I was 11 months old until I was about 17 months old due to having dislocated hips)

I can still remember riding one from stables to a field across the road when I was about 3 or 4.

Got my first pony at 6, a rescued Shetland called Sam. Not the easiest pony to learn to ride on because he pinged everywhere.

When I was about 7 or 8, my aunty took in a 30 inch miniature shetland called Fury who was destined for the meat lorry. After he'd been nursed back to health, we used to compete with him just about every weekend during the summer doing Thelwell classes and fancy dress. In 1989, we took part in the horse personalities parade at the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley.

I don't ride any more because I've totally lost my confidence but I'm still closely involved with my friends horses and one day, I'll pluck up the courage to get back on. Until then, I'm happier photographing them.
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-12-2010, 02:55 PM
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Well I'm the only horsemad one in the family :)
First started lessons when I was about 7, after much nagging, but they didnt teach me properly and just led me round basically, so my mom decided it wasn't worth the money and stopped.

Then when I was about 10 my friend told me about a riding school she went to, so I nagged and nagged and then finally got there, rode there for about 6 years before my parents decided, yet again, that it was too expensive.

So then we met this person who lives near us with two horses who wanted someone to help keep them in shape, and thats where I'm up to at the moment with Lottie and Tazz. they're not mine but I'm so close to them it feels like they are :)
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post #23 of 26 Old 04-12-2010, 03:41 PM
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I think I was born loving horses, but I never saw one up close really until my grandma took the family to a horse rental place near her house (rentals, yeah I know ha ha). I think I was 7. Needless to say I had one of the clunkers who not only wouldn't go, but tried to roll with me on his back. I just stepped off and freaked cuz I thought he was sick or going into convulsions or something. My cousin was scared into hysterics, and overal it just wasn't a good experience for anyone in the family. Which is why I don't understand how at that moment while I was watching this poor skinny horse rolling on the ground, I was even more infatuated with the creatures.

I had a friend who's mom got her a little black and white pony and taught us both how to ride. I think it was later that summer that my friend had an accident with the pony and both are now gone.....

Later my best friends in Jr High got this broken down Quarter Horse, site unseen and off the track to make into a junior hunter/jumper. Long story short it didn't work out and they soon forgot the horse even their dad gave her to me. From then on people I met at the stables or other places started dumping their unruly and unwanted horses at me...until I am where I am today.

It's strange, I have just bought my first horse that NOBODY has messed up yet and I really don't know how to handle it ha ha.
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post #24 of 26 Old 04-12-2010, 04:19 PM
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I swear I was just born into it.
I distinctively remember when I was 3 years old telling my parents I wanted a horse, not barbie dolls. haha The only people in my family who had horses was my aunt, and she lived far away so I never saw her or her horses a lot anyways.

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post #25 of 26 Old 04-12-2010, 07:03 PM
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When I was 11, my mom my mom was so desperate to get me into sports she just started listing activities I could try. Finally she hit on horseback riding and I said YES! that's what I want to do. I think she regrets it all now lol.
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post #26 of 26 Old 04-12-2010, 10:48 PM
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I just always was in awe or their beauty! I didn't start riding until I was 12ish, and didn't start lessons until 15.

There comes a point in every rider's life when he wonders if it's all worth it. Then one look at the horse, and he realizes - it is.
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