Allison did a thread on this a while back but sadly it's long gone, thought we'd start a new one! It's my favorite, so many good care free memories... No such thing as fear or worry, just a horse, a kid, and miles of trails to conquer!
Here I am at 11 on my first mare Sky. Got her at the sale barn for $505 ($5 more than the meat man would pay), 18/20 month old "green broke" Arab/QH (Yeah, I know! And NO way I'd get my kid a mare like her!!!). I didn't know much more than hang on, took her back down and restarted her myself. No helmet, no real training, and if I complained my Bob would chase me around the field with a 2X4 till I got it right! Sky ate grass, had a mineral block, and was never touched by a farrier. Supplements what? Oh the carefree days! This horse carried me over a million miles, never put a foot wrong, we jumped off cliffs into a creek, climbed steep cliffs like mountain goats, usually in just a lead rope and bareback with me in cutoffs and a bikini top. I wish I had a thousand more horses like her. What I lacked in training I made up for in can do!
Surprised I wasn't in puff paint tight rolled jeans but WOW this is still pretty bad! Nice saddle fit huh? LOL!!
Please share your "Good Old Days" photos! How any of us (or our horses) survived I'll never know!