Does before I was born count?
I've been "riding" my entire life. Had 4 yrs of hunter lessons from 8-12 yrs old and the rest of the time I've been lucky enough to be in a family that has horses.
I took about a 5 yr hiatus from riding when I went to college it was a combination of old horses, away at college, and a curiousity if I could actually be happy without having them be a huge part of my life. I restarted shortly before I bought Soda, but I'd known long before then that I'd have a horse of my own again.