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        08-06-2008, 11:36 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    It must be great to be born into the horsey life, or at least get to enter it at a young age. I know I've only been riding two months, so it's justified, but I do often feel like a bit of an outsider to the horsey world - I do wonder when I'll have enough experience to be able to sort of talk credibly about equine matters!
         
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        08-06-2008, 12:16 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Well, I'll tell ya, Claire, I'm one of those who was born to the horsey life and I'm still learning 35 yrs. Later!
    Also, I think when we've been around it all our lives we tend to take it for granted. Our girls' friends come over and are in awe over the horses and all they want to do is ride the pony. Our oldest, especially, can't understand why it's so fascinating to them. She'll say, "ask your parents to get you a horse" not realizing that for some people it's just not possible.
         
        08-06-2008, 12:31 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    I definitely do feel that riding is a very special luxury xD I had friends who didn't understand why my parents wouldn't give me lessons, didn't understand that I'd begged and begged for years and still they said no. My friend Charlie laughs but understands that for me it's all so new I really do love the chance to just come up and help groom her horse and watch her ride him.
         
        08-06-2008, 12:37 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Bit by the horse bug at age 16 months :) Parents made the *mistake of sitting me on a pony for a few seconds. I was hooked

    Lessons at 6, Bought my first one at 11, taught for 5 years, trained for 2 (young and cranky horses), and now am just loving having my two semi-retired old farts
         
        08-06-2008, 12:52 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    I was one of those animal-obsessed kids: puppies, kitties, ducks, horses, you name it! At one point (I was probably 6-7) we started spending a lot of time with our family friends who had acreage and their own horses. I'm sure I didn't do much riding (I was probably led around on a lead) but it just got the ball rolling.

    Like other ladies have mentioned, I got the horse bug BAD right around 12 years old. I was thoroughly obsessed. My best friend and I would scour the library for horse books, we'd make horse flashcards to quiz one another on breeds, and we finally convinced our parents to let us take lessons once a week. I got to take lessons for about a year, and fell in love with this ridiculous gangly 17.3hh ottb named Avalanche. I went to visit him even after I stopped riding there. I was too busy (and chose stuff like soccer and boys over riding) in HS and college to be horse-crazy, but after graduating and moving home, I leased a sweet mare named Fanny Mae.

    Now I'm a horse crazy 26 year old leasing another mare while living in MI, plotting the day I can finally own my own horse. I'm sure its years and years away, but a girl can dream :)
         
        08-06-2008, 02:17 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Claire, do your parents get involved in the horse part of your life? Do they watch you ride?

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    Originally Posted by missy06
    Now I'm a horse crazy 26 year old leasing another mare while living in MI, plotting the day I can finally own my own horse. I'm sure its years and years away, but a girl can dream :)
    When I moved out of my parents' house my horse stayed there (with the exception of three years that I boarded her elsewhere) through college, marriage and the first two kids. We bought this place six years ago and I can't describe the feeling of looking out the kitchen window for the first time seeing my horses out there. I have to say, though, I'm envious of those of you who lease or take lessons and can ride in an indoor arena! Some day... some day....
         
        08-06-2008, 03:25 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Riding is my thing; Mum offered to buy my boots and chaps but I insisted on paying for it myself. I started out with most of my lessons during the day; so far my dad has watched one (out of only ten, mind) when he got home from work early, and my mum has seen two. One because she had to take me there, one because I asked if she wanted to come watch :)

    I get very enthusiastic about things; they listen to me yabber on about what I've been doing and they're fully supportive (I have amazing parents), but they don't have any interest in horses themselves. They are proud of me doing this all by myself, and I'm proud of me too ^^ Don't get me wrong, they're not choking off my dream or anything xD Mum watched last night's lesson and was cheering me on with all the progress I've been making ^^
         

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