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        07-31-2011, 01:53 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Talking Hello Stranger!

    Hello from Pennsylvania everyone!
    My name is Caroline, and I finally decided to join the forums, and give you guys a little backdrop as to who I am. First the easy stuff, I love art, writing, and horses. I don't own a horse, but still classify myself as horse-crazy. I am taking Hunter/Jumper lessons.

    (If that is all you need to know, feel free to stop reading now)

    On to my partial life story!

    The first time I fell in love with horses was when I was six. I went to The Land of Little Ponies with my cousins for a day. I immediately became attached to every miniature horse I saw. To cool off from the hot air we went into one of the petting stables. Inside was a little black and white miniature pony. I immediately ran to it, it's name was Oreo! That was my favorite food! I stood there petting him for a very long time, when finally the poor pony got annoyed and very lightly nipped me on the arm. I thought it was a kiss, so I automatically assumed it was destiny for me to be with horses. ()

    So when I was seven I was lucky enough to be gifted riding lessons for my birthday. I chose to Jump, because I figured it was fun. If the name Phyllis Frankhouser (Jerre's wife) means anything to anyone, that's who my instructor was. I started off on a little white Welsh Pony named Wales. He was quite the lazy pony, but I loved him for his quirky attitude. Within a year I was jumping cross-rails and floating on cloud nine. (For crazy hat day in school I wore my helmet, got the most looks!) I started participating in local competitions. My first competition I won one blue and two red ribbons.

    Another year or two later I graduated to Jerre F. Now I rode in group lessons with teenagers. I also rode a new horse now, named Suzee. She was just learning to jump as I learned to get used to her larger gait. I thought I was so cool, being so much younger then my classmates. Now I jumped simple oxers and verticals. This was when a majority of my falls happened. My instructor told me, "You are not a pro rider until you have fallen seven times," or something of that nature. I began to keep track, seeing as I fell more frequently. Either way, If there is one fact to know about me, I am a perfectionist. When I went to competitions, and only got Reserve Champion, I was upset. Now riding was about winning, not enjoyment of my passion.

    At the end of fifth grade I quit. I had had enough of the frustration with Suzee, myself, and not being perfect. After my last lesson I cried on the way home. I knew I had given up.

    Four years passed and I turned fourteen without me even looking back at my jumping history. Just recently (last week) I realized how much I missed riding. My friend took me to watch a horse race and I was so giddy to see the horses up close again. Inside I felt my inner conscious kicking myself for quitting. Later I also saw a video a classmate posted on Facebook of her and her friends taking their horses out for a trail ride. I immediately pictured myself riding. I almost broke down to tears. How long had I really missed horses without admitting it to myself?

    To end this very long story (you actually read this far?) I am now starting Jumper lessons again. I had to make a few sacrifices monetary wise, but it is completely worth it. Soon enough I will be back in the saddle, where I always belong.
         
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        08-01-2011, 09:54 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Welcome to the forum! Good for you for going back to what you love. Hope to see you around the boards.
         
        08-02-2011, 02:36 AM
      #3
    Super Moderator
    Hi,
    My name is Caroline, too! I am much older, though, but I guess my parents had the same ideas as yours, about names.
    I was pretty horse crazy too, as a kid. I didn't get to ride that much , though. I was in a big family and we didn't have the money for such.
    But when I was 17 I went up to the nearby horse pasture and asked the new boarder if I could help in exchange for riding. I ended up riding that horse for a year, and did this and that helping around the place. I rode saddle seat! Or bareback. Christy was her name. Arab/QH/morgan x.

    So, then years pass and school, getting married, having kids and all that stuff and before I know it, I am middle aged and haven't gotten back to horses. So, I see this add in the paper. "Have you always wanted to own a horse but never could?" well duh! Yeah! So, I ended up half leasing an Arab mare and somehow, with babysitters and a patient husband, managed to carve out time to ride. Now, 12 years have passed. I still don't own a horse; only leasing. Still horse crazy even though I am older middle aged. It never goes away. It's uncurable. Hopeless. Surrender now.

    Anyhow, I read your novel, and cookies to you if your read mine. Welcome to the forum!
         
        08-02-2011, 03:06 AM
      #4
    Foal
    Welcome :) I took a break from the horse world as well. Not so much by personal choice but a break. Its such a great feeling to be back
         
        08-02-2011, 03:36 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    Welcome to the forum! Horses are truly amazing
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        08-02-2011, 01:30 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Everyone thanks so much for the warm welcome!
    Gaegirl-likewise!
    Tinyliny-sounds like you just predicted my future! I get cookies!
    Jessie-I know what you mean!
    Dusty-agreed
         
        08-02-2011, 01:45 PM
      #7
    Foal
    Hello there from Arizona....!
         
        08-02-2011, 02:35 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Wow, hello from the other side of the United States! Looks like your just as new to this forum as me. (and have way more posts) I have some catching up to do. . .
         

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