I remember as a small kid, maybe 5 or 6 riding on our fence LOL I would put a blanket over it and tie it on the fence, make stirrups out of a rope and pretend I was riding!
Then when I was around 10 there was a trail riding stable on the edge of city, we lived in the city.....every weekend I would get my parents to drive me there Sat. and Sun. for the day to groom horses, clean stalls, help with whatever I could.
Then when I was around 12 my parents bought a small acreage with nothing but a stuble feild. The following year I got my first horse! He was a QH gelding, not tall but I loved him. I rode every day! I never used a saddle although we had one but always rode my horse bareback with a hackamore bridle.
Right around before I was 18 my parents sold my horse, my sister had one but had no interest in it and her interest was boys/parties. So they figured I would be losing interest too and sold my horse! I was so heartbroken!
Then life took over, I got married, started a family and we lived in the city which I hated!
Twelve years ago my hubby (I got divorced and remarried) and I moved out to a small acreage just outside of the city. I fell in love with the place as soon as I saw it....it wasn't for the house LOL it was run down, sat vacant for years but it was the land I fell in love with.
Almost 10yrs. ago my we were at a auction in a town not too far from us and I got talking to a man about horses. He said he had a appy mare/foal that I could try out if I wanted. I was so excited, I talked hubby into going and seeing them. We came home with both but because of so many years being away from horses and not taking lessons/etc......I couldn't handle the mare but we ended up keeping her baby. He was 6 weeks old when he came here with his Mom and I haven't looked back since! He is now going to be 10 this spring in May. His name is Chips, here he is at 6 wees old when he came here.
This is him now at 9....
He's a big boy and I have a friend that has been coming out and riding him for the past 3 1/2yrs.
Then 3yrs. later I went to look at a 3yr. filly who had 30 days of riding on her. When I went to see her, she was at the back of the herd peeking over the others to see but wouldn't come up where I could see her. There was something about her face I fell in love with and ended up bringing her home. WTH was I thinking, at that time Chips was 2 and she was 3 and I hadn't ridden in over 30 yrs.! I have this skittish, afraid of everything (she had been out in pasture till she came in to train at 3) little red roan filly!
This is Spice 2yrs. ago at 8yrs. old, she will be 11 in the spring.
For the first 3yrs. that I had her I rode her with a bareback pad and her halter. We learned to trust each other and now I couldn't ask for a better trail partner!
Then when Spice was 5 I bred her to a neighbor's stud who is a solid black paint and Street came along April 2009.
This is Street at 5 months old getting his first bath from a girl at a camping/riding weekend we went to.
This is me on Spice with Street in the round pen.
I started him under saddle this fall and he's off for the winter, he will be 4 next April. A good friend is helping and he works with him in the round pen with a saddle and bridle and I work with him with a bareback pad/halter in the round pen.
Here I am riding Street and him walking for the first time with the squeeze of the legs to go!! I was so excited, I pulled out my camera and video taped us LOL of course since then we have worked on the whoa with him, he backs/stops/turns nicely....come spring he will be back to work!
I also have another horse, a 18yr. QH mare who is a retired barrel horse. She was left to me by my best friend when she passed away this May. Her name is Sugar. Right now a girl who is going to be 16 comes out and rides Sugar for me so she gets exercise.....
I also have one horse boarded here, he will be 5yr. in March and has been here since he was 6 months old......his name is Starbuck.
I've come a long ways in the last 10yrs., learning on how to train horses and doing tons of trail riding with Spice!