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.
Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.