A Little About Me:
I'm 16, going to highschool, and live with my mother. It has been my dream since I can remember to be able to ride under the English discipline. Alas, it is much too expensive for us right now to put me in lessons at the local barn. However, I currently live right next to my uncle, who has two gorgeous Quarter Horses he used when he was a team roper. I'm making the most of my situation by teaching myself all about horses, and being taught how to properly ride.
Some people might get the impression from how I talk that I am a 'country girl'. This is entirely untrue. I'm a city girl, though and through. I'm a total geek, I love video games, and I drink Starbucks religiously. I did, however, spend 14 years of my life in a rural town of about 60 people. The next biggest city had about 500 people in it. Cattle ranches did their yearly branding in the pasture next to my house, I raised a cow (named Calvin) from birth to butcher, and I've driven a tractor once or twice. Farming, cows, the country, it's all been a big factor in my life. But, the city is where I thrive. Now I live in a bigger city I can be myself and make friends with the same interests as me! That hasn't stopped me from giving up horses, however.
Wow, that was really long ^^
Okay, A Few Facts About My Horses:
The horse I ride the most goes by Shaq (I can't seem to remember his registered name) and he is a 17hh Quarter Horse. He's a blue roan, but doesn't really look it. Shaq was my uncle's team roping horse, but he retired after his shoulder got hurt. (My uncle, not the horse >.<) He is a grumpy old man (in his early or mid thirties) but will do anything for carrots. Recently he's really warmed up to me (he used to not let my touch his face) and it's nice to see his change of heart. He isn't always easy to catch in the pasture, but lately he has been getting used to the idea of me riding him everyday. Also, he has a dirty habit of backing up whenever he doesn't want you to do something (primarily when you move to his side to mount him). I've looked into different reasons why he does this, but I think it's just him being him. He is incredibly well-trained, in my opinion. He always lowers his head when getting a halter or bridle put on, and almost puts the bit in himself! He can neck rein, ground tie, and knows more commands than I do. He does have fairly bad footing, for some reason. He always trips over himself, or the ground, or a rock, or the water lines.. I ride him because he's easy to learn on. He has a lot of experience, and is patient with me.
The second horse is named Willie (again, I do't know his registered name). He looks to me to be some sort of bay Quarter Horse, but I might be wrong about the color. He is a sweetheart when he's just with you, but will nip at other horse who have your attention. I don't ride him very often because he can sometimes be a handful. He's just a hot-headed horse. You have to really make him do what you want to do. He loves to be ridden, however, and when you do ride him he never bucks or kicks or anything. He just wants to GO. He's about 13, so now he's started to mature a bit, but he can sometimes be a big baby. He's also very passive aggressive, which is kind of a long story. When I feel more confident, I'll probably ride Willie more often.
There is a horse boarding with my uncle, a little paint with one blue eye and one brown eye. He is like a big puppy, and will follow you around everywhere. He's also too curious for his own good. He always wants to be ridden, but when you do ride him he sometimes bucks and kicks. The girls who own him are the ones teaching me the basics about riding. We walk the horse to the arena across the street, and she teaches me different cues and things to look for ^^
Oh god. That was way longer than I thought it would be >.< please excuse that massive text wall!! I would love to hear what you guys think, or you could just say hi!
PICTURES!! These were taken on my second little 'lesson' xD please excuse all the things I'm doing wrong. The first two are on Shaq, and the second two are on Willie. And yeah, we were jumping in a western saddle >.< It was good exercise for all of us, and it was TONS of fun!