Join Date: May 2012
Location: West Central Indiana
Hello from IN
I'm new to the forum, fairly new horse owner (6 months), looking to interact and exchange with other horse lovers. My family are not horse people, as a matter of fact my mother is terrified of them, my father indifferent.
My love of horses began at 7, visiting some friends of my grandparents. They had a draft horse name Halfpint and 3 boys. Long story short, the oldest put me up on the horse (not tacked) and the middle one thought it would be funny to light and throw a firecracker under the horse. Halfpint spooked, reared and bolted off across the valley. I grabbed his mane when he reared and somehow I managed to stay on...it was the most exhilirating experience of my young life and I was hooked on horses from that day forward. lol There was a short stint where my folks bought me a shetland pony that only I could get near. Not knowing anything about horses, she foundered a year later and had to be put down and it was heart-breaking, as she was much beloved by myself (although loathed by everyone else).
Up until I was out of high school, I always had friends that had horses and although I never had formal riding instruction, I learned from my friends how to ride (pleasure/hacking only) and typically I was always given the "rank" horses, or the ones who hadn't been ridden in a long time, because they thought it was funny to watch me "rodeo". Fortunately, I guess I had a sticky bum and good balance, because I didn't get thrown very often and never had more than bumps and bruises to show (hope that continues now that I'm back into horses).
After high school and up until now I didn't have the time or expendable assets to warrant having a horse without feeling guilt I was taking away from my children/family and relocated several times for my job and never made any "horsey" friends, but finally reached a point in life where I'm able to afford the time and money to have my own. So a year ago we sold our home in the 'burbs and struck out for the country, got the place set up for my horse and 6 months ago got my 1st. I bought her on impulse (sucker for an animal in need always) and instead of the older, well-broke gelding that I intended, I ended up buying a thin, scraggly little 3.5 yr old unregistered mare in need. She's proven to be both a huge challenge and huge reward for me, as a new owner. She's growing into a beautiful, well-mannered (though sassy, like myself) companion and I couldn't be happier. I may never be able to do more with her than hack around (I love to take nature pictures and there are a lot of photo ops around here that I can't get to without her) but she's my "first love" and I hope to have her around for many years. :)
That being said, I look forward to meeting other horse lovers and will probably be looking for wisdom and suggestions from others on the forum. Hopefully, I may actually be able to impart some help and wisdom of my own on occastion along the way, in time. :)
Sorry for the novel, will try to keep future posts a little shorter! lol