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post #1 of 8 Old 01-02-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Anchorage, Alaska


My name is Chris and I am the middle aged father of a 12 year old daughter named Jamie who has held on to a passion for horses ever since she was 5 years old. We finally bought her the lesson horse she'd been training with a year ago this past Thanksgiving. It was to be her Christmas present.

I work out of town two weeks of every month so was up at work for 2 weeks between Thanskgiving and Christmas and she had to make a decision to put the horse down due to multiple fractures from slipping on the ice 2 days before Christmas. It was pretty traumatic for her, but she was very brave and knew the vet was correct in his opinion that it was the best choice to make for the sake of the horse.

Anyway, I knew enough about humans, and a bit of residual knowledge from my brief stint of horseman back as a kid, to remind her that she owed it to the rest of the "herd" over at the stables, to not stop loving them and careing for them even though her prescious "Cookie" was gone. We made her help with the feeding every day after school from then on. Eventually her heart healed and we got her another horse, obstensably for her mother, but before long she and Satin (the new horse) were inseparable. We stil tease her with the fact that its her Moms horse, but we all know better... Satins not "our horse" or anyones for that matter, instead, Jamie is "HER girl". Between the two of them, they were reserve champions in barrel racing at the state championships last fall. Not a big thing by standards "down there in America" but enough to make this father proud none the less.

We are on the verge of purchasing another horse now, but cant make up our minds what is the best way to go. Satin is ideally matched for Jamie and her love for barrelracing probably for the next several years, but shes also very tolerant of my wife's riding ability as well.

One train of thought would have us getting a more athletic and younger horse for our daughter to "grow into" and have my wife keep Satin, with the daughter still able to ride and compete on her as much and as long as she wants to.

Another option would be to try find another horse (the clone of?) like Satin, for my wife to ride and form a new bond with, one with the mellowness of personality and tolerance for a lesser experienced rider.

As an aside, I'm struggling with a faint thought in the back of my mind on my own behalf as well. I've always been an avid hunter and outdoorsman and have invested fairly significant amounts of money in Airplanes, boats, remote cabins, 4-wheelers, and so on, in order to pursue my love of the Alaskan wilderness. Now I'm starting to find myself torn between my kids passion (which seems to have become a shared passion with her mother, my wife, as well) and mine.

My own father loved hunting and fishing about like I do, but I recal he never cared for my passions for hockey and baseball. I dont want my kid to have those kind of memories of my and her relationship. I'm thinking on starting riding lessons again myself, dumping the airplane, and getting myself a good ridign horse and samll pack string. I have a feeling the girls would be a lot more inclined to head out into the wilderness with me if they could bring their horses, than they are if I try getting them to leave the horses behind and fly, or boat out into the woods.

Anyway, its quite a departure from my "internal combustion engine" reliance, but I'm certainly entertaining the idea.

Santa brought the girls their first horse trailer for this Christmas... they got to break it in yesterday helping our daughters trainer move a "rescue horse".

Happy New Years to all. I hope you wont mind me asking a ton of questions as I work through these issues?

Thanks, Chris
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-02-2010, 08:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Chris! My family includes three girls and my husband, who, like you is an avid hunter and hockey fan. I'm the only horse person in the family and I would probably fall over dead if any of them decided to pursue horses with me! I think it's great you're willing to do that for your family. I look forward to future posts from you. :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 09:35 PM
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Hey Chris! welcome aboard! we've got all sorts of backgrounds and experience on this site, so I hope you can find your nitch

Looking forwards to reading more post from your wonderful family.

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 10:57 PM
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Hello and welcome!!! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your wonderful adventures with horses and more about Alaska. My folks lived there for a few years. (Military) and I visted there briefly. Alaska seemed like a beautiful place. Wish I'd had more time to visit and explore ...(especially if it had been on horseback!)

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post #5 of 8 Old 01-05-2010, 11:19 PM
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Welcome!! It sounds like you have an absolutely wonderful family. I'm so glad that you were able to help your daughter mend her broken heart and helped her to not give up her passion.

We have just about the entire spectrum of people here I believe so I'm sure between all of us we can cover any question you may have. I hope anyway!!

We are very glad to have you here. Have fun posting :). I look forward to hearing more from you and hear more about your family's adventures. I hope to get to see pictures of some of Alaska's beauty :) I have some family that lived there for many, many years and I absolutely loved seeing the pictures they sent.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-17-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Well, its been a while, but I finally got the pics loaded from the hunt. It went exceedingly well. Jamie and her 6 year old brother both got their first caribou, my buddy got his first moose, our freezers are still full, and Jamie packed out all the meat with her horses. We had a bit of rain, but when it cleared off, boy was it nice up there!

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-17-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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This spring I took a Rother Horsemanship clinic for 4 days with Jamie and her best friend, now we're working on tuning up all the horses for this fall's trip. Hope to get some good trail rides in with some more pics later this summer. Thanks for the guidance I found within your forum, it helped greatly to make this possible.
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