A friend recommended I come to the forum and I have been lurking a bit and you don't seem to scary so I thought I would introduce myself
I am 43 yo female (ageing broodmare) that has been around horses to a limited degree most of my life.
I started out riding ex shepherd ponies with no tack - fell off quite a lot
- and then was mentored by someone to join the pony club and got a reputation for having a velcro bottom. This took me into paid horsey work at dealers' yards but I kind of became sickened by it all and left horses for about 10 years.
I then got a pony for the kids and gradually got sucked back into the obession/religion/journey that is horses.
I was desperate to learn a kinder way with horses that wouldnt be too fluffy and niave and so became interested in Pony Boy's NH thing and it has helped me a lot. I am not evangelical about any one method though and am currently in love with Bill Dorrence. I am also lucky enough to be friendly with a brilliant jockey who, though some of his methods make my hair stand on end, is very knowledgable.
Though I am now too long in the tooth to make horses a career, I take my relationship with my pony seriously and want to be the best possible rider I can be.
I often look up cutting horses on Youtube as they blow me away. The only thing that makes me sad is the way people on youtube argue so much re Western versus English. Good horsemanship is good horsemanship, whatever the root.
Anyway, here is a picture of my "evil pikey pony" - bred by gypsies, broken in a hurry and badly, ridden rough by a boy for years - an ill tempered witch of a mare, and now one of my best friends.