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