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        02-09-2013, 04:45 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I don't have a horse, so I have a lesson a week and I help volunteer at therapeutic riding one day a week. I'm at an intermediate stage now (I can w/t/c and have jumped very low crossrails once) But I really enjoy it! I am definitely a minority since I am a male and I started riding at 13, and only seriously at 14 but oh well!

    A lot of people say I am amazing for the amount of time I've been riding, and even though I don't believe it, I thank this forum. I've learned a lot and I've been linked to many articles that really helped and its really great!

    I've thought about owning a horse, but it doesn't make sense because I'll be leaving for university in about 3-4 years and we are in no financial place to do so. However, I am sure I will lease eventually! I also may do IEA in a year since you don't require a horse and it seems like a great experience!!!

    I only ride my lesson horse once a week, Hawk, and occasionally ride my dad's friends horse just for fun, and eventually may start riding horses at our vacation house.
         
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        02-09-2013, 08:59 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I am horseless :(

    I took lessons when I was younger (4-6th grade), then my parents bought me & my sister a horse. We only owned him a couple of years, as he was a bit too advanced for us and was very, very skiddish/spooky. I wish I still had him now, as I feel I could definitely get through to him now. Oh well... The last time that I rode I was probably only 12 or so. This past September I finally decided that it was time to get back into riding (I'm 24 now so its been quite awhile!!). I've been taking weekly lessons, but wanted more. Starting a few weeks ago, I've been riding someone else's horses, which I can do as long as I help around the barn...muck stalls, clean tack, etc. I am so grateful. Its definitely worth it to get out there and ask around because chances are, someone is looking for some help around their barn!

    Hopefully by this time next year I will be an owner. I am okay financially and can afford to care for one and board fees, but feel like I need to learn more about the care side of things, and become a little better of a rider before I jump into it. Its been an exciting past few months!
         
        02-09-2013, 09:10 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I had a horse named Sunshine when I was a young girl but am now 24 years old and horseless. My apartment overlooks a horse field with two horses in it... which I thoroughly enjoy. I just wish it was my pasture that I was overlooking. I am constantly buying/reading horse books and browsing this forum to get my horse "fix."
    I want to own a horse again so badly, but for right now, it is just not financially possible. I dream of it happening again someday. Sometimes it seems hopeless. Blah.
         
        02-10-2013, 10:17 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I'm so glad I'm not the only horseless person here. Growing up my parents always told me no because keeping one is expensive. Now as an adult, I can see why. I took lessons, leased a horse over a summer in high school, went to college and majored in equine studies in 1995. I stupidly dropped out after a semester and I haven't been around a horse since then. I miss it terribly. I live in a city that is surrounded by horse farms but I've had a lot of financial problems that have kept me from owning a horse or even taking lessons. So for now, I get my horsey fix by reading these forums. One of these days it will happen.
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        02-10-2013, 11:16 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Cool thread, glad I'm not the only one. I am taking lessons once a week. I plan to rent out horses every now and then. I also have a friend with a horse, but she's so busy I hardly ever get to see her or her horse.

    I really want to own my horse(s), but like some others on here I am in college right now and see no possible way to afford one. But I think that has a plus side, as I have something to look forward to.
         
        02-10-2013, 11:35 AM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by Pharaoh    
    Cool thread, glad I'm not the only one. I am taking lessons once a week. I plan to rent out horses every now and then. I also have a friend with a horse, but she's so busy I hardly ever get to see her or her horse.

    I really want to own my horse(s), but like some others on here I am in college right now and see no possible way to afford one. But I think that has a plus side, as I have something to look forward to.
    I rent a horse whenever I'm traveling and need a horse-time fix! I get to see the country, meet other horse people, and generally learn something about the area.

    I also take visitors on rental trail rides when they come west and think that what they should do. We have great time.
         
        02-10-2013, 12:04 PM
      #17
    Showing
    While I do own horses, I just wanted to say what an awesome idea this thread is! I've been waiting for many-many years myself before I could afford to have a horse (I couldn't even afford lessons for very long time), so I totally understand the people who don't have a horse, but have a dream. And dreams do come true one day... :)
         
        02-10-2013, 04:54 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Haven't touched a horse or been anywhere near one for two years and I feel I'm about to burst!

    I started taking lessons when I was eleven years old, continued till I was about thirteen when I was involved in a riding accident. It took some time to heal up but I was back in the saddle the very next year when yet again, another accident but this time worse, left me battered and bruised both physically and mentally.

    I stopped riding for a few years as I was terrified of horses but started up lessons again two years ago to get over my fear. I continued on with my lessons until my parents, understandably, didn't want to pay for lessons anymore.

    So, I got a job. Now, I'm looking around for a good stable to take lessons again once more.
         
        02-10-2013, 05:00 PM
      #19
    Trained
    We have horses, but just curious....I see tons of "horseless rider" and "riderless horse" ads around here. Has anyone ever done this?
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        02-10-2013, 05:21 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    While I do own horses, I just wanted to say what an awesome idea this thread is! I've been waiting for many-many years myself before I could afford to have a horse (I couldn't even afford lessons for very long time), so I totally understand the people who don't have a horse, but have a dream. And dreams do come true one day... :)
    That's exactly why I chose to post a reply when I saw this thread and 'tell my story' - I really, really want to encourage those who are longing for a horse to realise that miracles happen when we least expect them!! :)
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