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post #1 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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How did you get into riding?

My three girls got me to thinking about how everyone here got into horses and riding as they are not really into it at all. Being MY children it surprises me (and others) that they don't follow in their mother's footsteps. It doesn't bother me that they can take them or leave them, but I always hoped it was a passion we would share. Of course, there still may be hope.

So, did your parents get you involved in horses or are they non-horse people and you begged them for one (or to take lessons)? Also at what age did you get bit by the "horse bug"?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 03:19 PM
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well, actually, my aunt used to ride and show and stuff
And my mom mentioned it to me and I was immediatly hooked.

I've always loved animals and I think that horse and rider connection is fascinating, and when I was little, I wanted nothing more than to understand an animal and have it understand me..so, I thought what better animal than a horse?

I was so excited when I formed my first bond with a pony..but he was sold, and I still miss him and love him to death :(

if someone 'gives their two cents' when its just a penny for their thoughts..where does that extra penny go?

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post #3 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 03:40 PM
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my sister was babysitting me when I was two so she sat me down in front of the tv and made me watch My Little Pony, after that all I could say for 6 months was "Mommy, I want a pony!" So finally after all the nagging she took me to a ride and I was hooked and I started taking lessons at the age of 4 and been doing it ever since.

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post #4 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 04:30 PM
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A curiosity for horses and a single ride on the trails.

Just like many disease, I can't seem to get rid of my passion for horses.
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 04:44 PM
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To be honest, I'm the only person in my family who rides. It's true. LOL! I feel proud though, 'cause it fascinates them.
Anyway, well we passed by a riding place while driving somewhere one day (I was like 10/11 I think?) & I was like 'hey, it'd be so cool if I could ride!' So we looked at riding places & I started taking lessons. I just love it now! Jumping & everything!

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post #6 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 05:31 PM
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My parents are completely and absolutely not horse people.

Like most young girls, from the ages of eight to thirteen I loved everything horsey. I am an avid reader and at one point had twelve different horsey series on my shelves. I read every Saddle Club book in my local library, though I didn't understand half the americanisms.

But I was never allowed horse riding lessons. We probably could have afforded it, but in my parents' terms (being good savers and frugal), we couldn't.

Anyway, I've tried to take up opportunities to horse ride where I can - mostly sit-on-the-sofa-with-legs treks, which even then were awfully difficult to talk my parents into as they saw it as ridiculously expensive - but inevitably my interest died down.

Then, about a year ago, I was browsing Facebook and a friend-who-I'd-met-through-a-friend-one-time had joined a group related to the FHOTD blog. I read the blog, out of curiosity (it was one of those days when you felt you'd read the whole internet already) and slowly my awareness of horses was rekindled.

This didn't do too much until May, when I was putting off revision for my horrendous Transport Phenomena exams by thinking of things to do in my summer holidays, which were four months long. I'd managed to save up quite a bit of money over my first year at uni, so I was wondering if I could talk someone into a trip to Paris with me - 'Je sais tu parle allemand, mais je peux parler assez de francais!' - and then I thought, 'Oh well, maybe I could join the local gym.' That wasn't terribly appealing, though - I only do physical exercise when stressed, as being a very cerebral person strenuous activity is good for clearing my head.

And then I thought, "Hang on a minute. Dad's putting me on his car insurance. So I can drive places. And I've saved up enough money to have a go at horse riding!"

Three days after I was back home, I had booked my first riding lesson. Four days later I'd had two private lessons already and was off to buy boots, jods and half-chaps.

And that is how I got into horse riding.

Incidentally, every birthday and Christmas since I learned how to speak I have asked for a pony. XD This year I'm being more specific!

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post #7 of 17 Old 08-04-2008, 11:29 PM
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I was practically born on a horse.
My mother, my grandmother, and so on are all skilled horsewomen.
We all share the passion, true love and the need to feed our equine needs.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-05-2008, 03:51 AM
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I was very lucky and my mother is horse crazy so all my life I have had the pleasure of being around horses. When I was 4 my brother received Spider for his 6th birthday, but he wasn't interested for long and I inherited Spider soon after that! Still have him after 23 years too!

There was a time when my allergies (yes I am allergic to everything and unfortunately horses are on the list) got rather bad and I wasn't able to ride from when I was 17 years to 20 years. I suffered rather extreme eczema and going outside was quite possibly the most painful experience I could endure!

But some miracle occurred and my eczema was under control and I have been riding since as much as I can since!
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-05-2008, 04:31 PM
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Well... I've loved animals ever since I was a baby (still do), and my third or fourth word was doggy or something like that. So they were always big in my life.

My parents weren't big on a ton of animals. They liked a dog or two at home, but that's it. And they didn't care if the dogs were well trained, just enough that they didn't bite, or growl, or get on/into something they weren't supposed to. As for me, I would teach all our dogs to sit, stay, and so on. I also had a passion for horses. I wanted to own my own ranch.

It was around the age of 10 that I realized that I could take lessons nearby to learn how to ride. After six months to a year of begging my parents, they finally paid to let me have lessons. And since then, I've been hooked. But different things tore me away. Weather (I almost always had to ride my bike there), sickness, fear, moving, vacations, and just plain travel (my parents have to travel a lot). So I'm not the best rider.

But That's how I got into it.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-06-2008, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for sharing all your stories! It's been so interesting hearing how others got into riding. Please, keep them coming!

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