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post #1 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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How old were you when you-....?

Either began riding, got a horse, or both? What style do you ride?

I began riding at 8, have leased, but never owned a horse.
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post #2 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 10:40 AM
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I started riding when I was 7, leasing when I was 13, and bought my first horse when I was 16. =) I used to ride western but now I ride hunters.
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post #3 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 10:42 AM
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Started being put on horses at about 2 actually riding myself probably 4-5 ish on my aunts mustang gelding. My aunt gave him to me for my 7 th birthday :). Always ridden western/bareback now focusing on trail/ barrel racing but have attempted english a hand full of times.

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post #4 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 10:50 AM
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I got my first riding lesson for my 9th birthday and I got my first horse about 8 months later. I've been riding ever since. :)

I show western/hunt seat but I've ridden a few jumpers, dressage horses, barrel horses and trail horses.
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post #5 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 11:09 AM
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As a monthling - is that a word?
I was a just few months old riding with mama. I got my first pony when I was five or six, and bought my own first horse when I was 15 and now I own..Too many. LOL

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post #6 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 11:11 AM
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i started riding hunters at a lesson bard at 5-6 years old when i was like 10-11 i stated dressage for a few years before doing eventing. Got my first horse at 15. Now I dont show or anything (for now) just do english and jumping for fun!
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post #7 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 11:14 AM
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my uncle bought me my first riding lesson when i was 7, and i was hooked ;) i started western, Nana had a fit, and i started going english lol. My step dad bought me my first pony at 14, for my birthday :) and then i bought my first on all on my own at 20 ;)
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post #8 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 11:15 AM
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I started riding when I was nine (after asking for years). I remember my mom asking if I wanted to ride English or Western, and I just said I wanted to jump... so after asking my uncle about it, she signed me up at my barn for English lessons. My instructor told me awhile ago how she can guess who is going to stick with it and who won't, and she said I was the one kid who had her completely stumped. I used to stop riding over winter but we always called back as soon as spring came along. She always talks about how when I first started, I used to stand a good foot away when grooming the horses. :p

I started leasing when I was in grade seven, so three years ago. I started out leasing an old school horse and showed her over the summer. I wanted to move up to jumping, so I leased my instructor's greenie from halfway through grade eight to end of grade ten. I get credited with a lot of his training and always used to receive compliments from instructors who told me how well I was doing with him.

I brought home my first horse just last September, on the 7th. My mom wouldn't let me go to the barn at noon hour so I was just a bundle of excitement until I went after school. Indie was the best horse ever, issues and all. Awesome personality and such a quick learner. I know my instructor was a bit mad that I didn't buy a push button horse, but that wasn't what I wanted and I'm glad I took the chance on her. I had lots of plans for us this coming year.

I probably won't have another horse for a couple more years, but I plan to go a similar route but buy a younger OTTB, likely from CANTER or another similar organization.
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post #9 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 12:08 PM
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I started riding at 12ish? i rode in lessons until 16 and got my first horse. grumpy old appaloosa, sold him bought a TB mare, gave her away and got a 6 year old OTTB. i had to euth him after he suffered a fractured elbow. I'm now 21 and buying a new horse this summer and i ride english and western.
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post #10 of 61 Old 02-09-2013, 12:26 PM
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I know I was 2 years old when I rode with my brother and about 4 when I rode by myself and 6 when I could bridle up alone and take off on the road. Eeek! Nowadays, my parents would have charged with something for letting me do that! They weren't the only ones, because when I took off on the pony, it was to meet up with my friends on their horses and we would ride until dark.
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buying first horse , first horse , first ride

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