Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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 :)