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post #1 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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What Got You Into Horses ?

What got you interested in horses? Was it family, friends, or something else?
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post #2 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 06:24 AM
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Father rides
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post #3 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 07:15 AM
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^^^ woman of many words lol j/k

my dad bred and trained pacers. i was thrown on the back of a horse when i was 3 and 26 years later its still my favourite place to be. even though there was that background there, i think i would have loved horses anyways

"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"

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post #4 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 08:09 AM
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I was always interested in horses but my family isn't a horsey family. When we moved when I was 9. We moved to next an older lady that used horses on her cattle property. I pestered the lady to let me ride and she began letting me ride around the cattle yards after she came in from checking the cattle.
After a while she told me i could ride any time i wanted to but I had to catch and saddle the horse myself. This was a problem because the horses were kept in a big paddock with a big hill and I couldn't quite lift the heavyier stock saddles yet but I wouldn't stop trying. Another condition she put on me was that I wasn't allowed out of the cattle yards until I could canter in a circle.
So I started to teach myself to ride and eventually went out to help the lady mustering and from then on I spent every spare moment on a horse and still do!

That's the shortened version but that's the basics!
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 08:58 AM
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My parents grew alfalfa and started selling it to a barn down the street from me. They gave me free lessons, well lesson. After that i was allowed to go and ride when ever i pleased.
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post #6 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 10:06 AM
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I passed by a horse farm while going somewhere when I was younger, & I saw horses; I was like...I'd love to know what it's like to ride!

So then I got signed up for lessons @ a nearby riding place.
Best day of my life!

Ride more, worry less.
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post #7 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 11:56 AM
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When I was two, maybe, my parents bought me play-horses...Oreo and Ginger (yes I still have them and yes I still remember their names!). I played with them all the time, and loved them. I grew out of horses for a while, but when we moved when I was around 9ish I started taking lessons. Ever since then, I haven't had enough of them!
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post #8 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 05:04 PM
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My parents say that I was born loving horses. I had about a hundred "My Little Pony" toys and lots of Breyer type model horses. I used to pretend my bike was a horse and even pretend I was a horse. When I learned to read, I devoured every horse book (fiction and non fiction) that I could get my hands on. We had a teacher at my school that owned horses, and I was like a leech, following her around, hoping she would ask me to come over and see her horses. (wow, I must've been annoying! :roll: )

I finally got my first horse (a Welsh pony) when I was 11 years old. My second horse (an AQHA) followed a few years later. The most I've had at a time has been four, but now I'm down to two. :(
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 07:31 PM
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I watched Black Beauty as a 4 year old, and that was it. Nobody else in my family is horsey... although my dad came 'round.

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post #10 of 22 Old 03-19-2008, 08:40 PM
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I have always thought horses were beautiful animals, but the closest I could get as a kid to owning a horse was my "My Little Pony" collection!
I rode a little as a child whenever visiting someone who had horses (which wasn't often).
In September last year my husband and I were at a friend's house who had just purchased a quiet, lazy QH. I rode her around his farm and encouraged my husband (who never rides) if he was remotely interested in riding she would be great because of her disposition. In all of his macho-ness he decided, although he was inexperienced, he wanted to go faster than a walk. Long story short, he lost his balance and smashed his wrist.
In October (yes, the next month!), I decided I wanted to begin riding lessons to become a better rider, and in December decided I would like my own horse.
Despite the surgery, hospital bills, and therapy appts he supported me! ANd will actually come out to the barn and ride every once in a while himself.....and is content with a walk!
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