My first horse that was actually 'mine' was Buddy. He came to be in our little herd when he was just 17 months old. My uncle had bought him for $40 and he was extremely starved. Nobody expected him to even make it through the night. But my aunt, uncle, and I were sitting out by the pasture one night as we often did and Buddy came over to the fence so I got up to pet him. We were very close and we slept/sleep out in the pasture all the time. My uncle decided that he wanted a horse that was bigger and broke not some skinny little pony thatwasnt even 2, so he gave Buddy to me. I was overjoyed, it was such a surprise. I still have Buddy and now he's about 6, and around 16 hands.
Not too shabby looking for a $40 pony that was on his death bed, either.
I still have the first teeth Buddy lost/ got removed up in my horse box and his first halter. Posted via Mobile Device
I got my first horse four years ago, for my 11th birthday. I had been going to visit a farm all the time to pet the horses, and my best friends own a horse farm so I knew how to ride. THe owner of this farm collaborated with my best friends mom, and I got a big suprise for my birthday. We did everything together for three years. It broke my heart when she broke a leg last summer, and had to be put down. We were best friends. Now I have a hot little arabian/qh cross that is 5 and am trying to teach her the whole 'bucking is bad' thing :)
I got my first horse.... YESTERDAY!!!!!! Photos posted on the picture board!!
I've wanted a horse my entire life. Another poster (sorry, I'm horrible with remembering names on boards) said she was the "horseless horse lover" and that's me to a tee! I've never had a horse, have been around 'em some but not enough and now... I'm learnin' the ropes with a 3 yr old QH mare named Chili. (Her original name was Hershey).
Pumpkin is my first and only horse at the moment. He came with our house at around 5 or so years of age while I was only 2.5 years old. It was only when I was about 11 that I started really working him, getting him to lose weight and start being ridden.
Since then we have come a long way but we still have tonnes left to do and improve on. He is now around 18, so a lot more care will be needed soon for joints and such.
I bought Athena around when I was about 14. She was owned by the BO of the stable I worked at. She was super green, nobody liked her, and she was basically a pasture pet for the first 7 years of her life. I started to ride her, and eventually bought her for $1500. At the time, she was not worth that much, but I really wanted her so I coughed up the dough.
My first horse was a 16.3hh Appendix QH gelding named Toby. He was a lesson horse at the barn we rode at. My mom had been taking lessons on him, and id taken one or 2 lessons on him (probably more) but mom loved him. So when she heard he was for sale, she snatched him up. I didnt like him at first...i was 13, small, and had some bad falls off some big guys. So I took the summer to play with him, get to know him and then in fall I started doing lessons again. I showed him Western pleasure and horsemanship, English type in hand, hunt seat pleasure & eq, he jumped, did low level dressage, and trail rode...kinda. He was wonderful. He retired in 2009 (for real) and spent his days in the field with his field mate being cantankerous, but always good when he was supposed to be. Unfortunately had to put him down this past July due to cancer, but he had a full and happy life (and was spoiled rotten after I got him, but rightfully so). No other horse I've met can compare to him...and none probably will.