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post #1 of 27 Old 05-01-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Mothers, daughters and horses

I am so fortunate to have a daughter who is (almost) as passionate about horses as I am. Sometimes it gets complicated scheduling her riding lessons and my riding lessons, but its awesome that I always have a riding partner and someone to talk and shop horse with. We are always there to help each other and currently, we are training a young filly together? Horses have helped us create an extra special mother-daughter relationship that goes beyond what I ever could though specter or hoped for. I am so grateful for this special time with my daughter. Sadly, she will be graduating high school soon and making a life of her own. When the time comes, I will miss her but hope the horses will always draw her back home.

If you have mother-daughter-horse stories, please share!
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-01-2012, 11:48 PM
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Well, my daughter is only 16 months old, but I take her to the barn all the time with me :) I had a rough pregnancy, and was worried about how I would juggle all my responsibilites. But I just packed her the baby bjorn and took her with! She love, love, loves my horse and he is so patient and kind with her, it's adorable! She grabs his face, halter, ears, but her favorite thing for her to play with are his nostrils!! LOL! Too funny. She also loved to lean back on my stomach and stick her legs straight out and tap her feet on his shoulder.
One morning my friend and I turned out our OTTBs in the arena and they were running around like knuckle heads and I think my daughter could barely breathe she was laughing so hard. Everytime we kissed or clucked at them she just couldn't control herself!!
I'm hoping that she will like horses enough as she grows older to where we can ride together!

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post #3 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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It sounds like she has a great start!

We had a Clyde x Appy when my daughter was about the same age yours is now. She used to hang onto his nose just like you described. He was just a gentle giant and always looked after her. Many years later we sold him and just last June, found him again and bought him back. Now, my daughter is nearly 17, and Sam is 21. She rides our old boy at least twice a week and he still looks after her, even though he doesn't need to.
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post #4 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 12:11 AM
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That's so awesome! It's so lucky you were able to find him again :)
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post #5 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 12:51 AM
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my 27 year old daughter loves horses too

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post #6 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 01:01 AM
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My daughter was raised around horses, was on horses before she could walk. At 6 yrs old, she had her own pony and was taking lessons. As she got older, she would go to shows with me, then she wanted to show. I loaned her my horse for a bit, then got her own horse and she has been in it ever since. She is now grown up, has her own ranch (she is a pharmacist, not a rancher, lol), has her own various show horses, she pretty much owns the best of the best of everything now. We still show together.
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post #7 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 08:40 AM
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My 21 year old daughter and I Initially got "our' horse to share a few years ago.. discovered quickly that SHARING one horse did not work so well.. so got "my" boy a few months later... and I love having that bond with her! We ride together, shop for horse stuff together and have never ending conversations about the 'boys"... for her 21st birthday instead of going out with her girlfriends we had all the barn moms and girls join us at the local bar to celebrate. How many 21 year olds prefer to celebrate their 21st with their mom and other 'moms' they know from riding? I am dreading her moving away to grad school next year and losing that time with her ( she will, of course, take her boy with her!) but it has been priceless!
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post #8 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 08:48 AM
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It started when my daughter got a gift certificate for lessons from my uncle. Now it's a whole family thing. My husband is very supportive, but it's a very special bond between my daughter and myself. We love our time at the barn, and since I'm a teacher, we have all summer to spend together riding and spending time together!
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post #9 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 09:10 AM
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My daughter will turn 30 this year. We bought a pony before she was even a year old, so yeah, she was riding before she could walk. Had to sell out about 20 years ago, and we started getting back into horses and riding about 3 years ago or so.

We really enjoy spending time with horses, even though we frequently have hot "discussions" regarding horse care, training, etc. Her horsey friends often do things differently than I do, so of course, Mom is always wrong.

I am really looking forward to being able to spend more time in the saddle with daughter. The arguments blow over, and seem very far away when on the back of a horse!

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post #10 of 27 Old 05-02-2012, 09:52 AM
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Bought my daughter a horse the day before she turned 7 after a couple of years of riding lessons. Kept the mare for free at a barn and after a year it wasn't working out well so we moved her about a mile from our home at a private barn and it's all self care. I was nervous that after a few months of having to get out and to the barn every morning and helping to clean the stall she'd tire of it. Not so. 2 1/2 years later (she's now 11) she is more enthusiastic than ever and it's done amazing things for her overall confidence level. We share and bond a great deal at the barn. It's really special. I also love, love, love to watch her grow into a wonderful little rider and horseman. There's nothing like it!!
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