Wasn't that long ago actually! The picture is still sort of embarrassing to me, though. A lot can change in a few years.
Very first horse (technically pony) that I rode without help. I think I was 9? :) It was at a camp that I fell in love with after that first week. They started you at bareback (even through rollbacks/extended loping/posting trot/two-point) until your seat developed enough before allowing you into a saddle (also a way to get around buying 75+ saddles). I didn't ride in a saddle until I was 14, but my seat is rock solid.
And just to save face a little, here I am, 8 years later at the same camp, and a much better rider than before. (Photo taken today, actually)
There's a small, informal show at the end of the week to showcase what the campers learned to their parents, and the "advanced" riders (in saddles) do a Grand Entry with flags representing all the international councilors they bring in (I am carrying the English flag). Mr Grumpypants there got a little excited because of the crowd and didn't want to control his lope.
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