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post #1 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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What's your earliest horse memory?

I don't mean your favorite memory (there could be too many of those to count!), but your earliest memory of your horse life.

Mine was back when I was about 3 or 4 (and I'm 25 now), and it's my earliest memory in general. My grandfather was holding me and we were petting my mom's Quarter Horse over the fence (I can still see what his head looked like, and the barn further on... it's a very vivid memory). My grandpa was rubbing Oto's face, and I thought he was being too rough. I said "Grandpa, they like it when you pet them softly." and I lightly ran my hand down his face a few times. My grandpa laughed and said "He can't even feel that. They like it when you pet them rough."

It's such a vivid memory, and a special moment between me and my grandfather. I don't ever want to forget it... though I think after holding onto it for 20 years I won't be forgetting it any time soon.

What's your earliest memory? It doesn't have to be as detailed... I just remembered a lot from this one.

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post #2 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 09:44 AM
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when I was 5 or 6 my parents who are non horse people had given me a birthday party at a riding stable near our house. I had 5 friends come with me and we did pony rides for an hour and some of us were allowed off lunge line to walk. It was my first and last time I was every on a pony. I remember his name being peter pan. He was a buckskin colored pony with a pie bald(sp) face. He was such a good pony. Probably around 11/12 hh. And the best part was when I was walking him around. My parents looked at me and I stopped right in front of them and said I want peter pan. I remember there look being very horrified like what did they get themselves into :P
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post #3 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 09:49 AM
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My first memories are visiting my grandfather in Kansas when I was around 4, which would be 60 years ago. He was an Appy breeder and I was pretty facinated by the colors, and thought their white butts were funny...
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post #4 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 09:50 AM
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I have a couple. Both probably around age 4/5.

The first, my mom needed a way to keep my sister & I entertained while she worked training horses. She got milk crates, cut holes in the front of them and hung them on the hot walker, we got to ride in them in circles on the hot walker like a swing while she rode. I LOVED it!

The second, one of my earliest and favorite horse show memories. My grandfather has always chewed skoal and I've always thought it was gross. At a horse show, I took his can, emptied it out and refilled it with semi-dry crushed up horse manure. I can still see the look on his face when he got it to his lip.

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post #5 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 10:07 AM
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My first actual horse memory was when I was 6. We lived in TX and a herd of local ranch horses got loose in our "nice" trailer park neighborhood. I don't know WHAT my mom was thinking but she let me out of the house to go look at them. I ended up rounding a few of them up in a neighbors chainlink fence yard. Caught a young paint horse and led him home (they had ID collars on), thought since I caught him he'd be mine! (left the others penned up in the neighbors yard!) Of course mom had a heart attack and made me let him go. That's when she knew she was REALLY in trouble! I was fearless!
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post #6 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 04:02 PM
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Hmm.. the farthest back I can go is 3 or 4.. I remember when I was a little bitty kiddy I used to love being around the horses. And I used to LOVE sitting underneath our horses and just rub their belly. Or if we were giving them a bath I would just sit under their belly and scrub away. My mom thought I was crazy. Till this day she doesn't understand why I was so fearless and why I trusted the horse so much. But I dunno, Horses don't scare me and I can trust most horses. (i mean, who doesn't love laying underneath their horse as they graze? )
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Mine was when I was maybe 5 my uncle had an Arab at a stable that did lessons and bought me lessons for my birthday. I rode a horse named Brownie :)
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When I was 4 my cousin, who worked with horses, took me to see the ponies at a county fair in San Diego. I got to ride a plucky little black shetland with hair that stuck straight up, and I've been in love ever since!

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I was very little and we were at a fair or something and they had the ponies hooked up on a circle thing (You know, like for pony rides) and I got to ride a white pony, and he shook off and it scared the h*ll out of me! But it didn't make me not ride, and now I have 2 "white" (Grey) horses haha

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post #10 of 29 Old 12-06-2011, 05:23 PM
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When I was super little I remember riding in the saddle in front of my Mom and my dad on Jester. Before I was old enough to hang on by myself.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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