Hi, Everyone! New here from Arkansas!
So, I will start with a little basic info about myself... I am a horse lover!! (Let's just state the obvious.. lol)... I am 21 years old, I have the very best husband that I could've ever asked for! I attend church very regularly - in fact, I am the pianist at my church. But please, don't hand me a sheet of music because I can't read music! I've never had a lesson on the piano; I play by ear and trying to learn to read music and intermingling that with my previous knowledge is very hard! My husband and I are expecting our first baby. She is due December 11th - only 22 days from today! EXCITING! But that does mean that I haven't ridden a horse in a long time! I last rode when I was around 17 weeks pregnant I knew that was the last time because I felt way too much strain on my back and lower abdomen so I decided I would just wait until after she's born to continue riding. I'm getting closer and that means the itch to ride is becoming stronger by the day! lol..
My love of horses goes all the way back to before I can even remember... My Pawpaw bought me my first horse when I was only 18 months old. My Grama says she remembers it well: He was unloaded from the trailer and I held my hands up in the air for him, he put his nose into my chest, I hugged him and have been star-struck ever since! His name was Indian, he was an older trick horse who had an incident prior to us getting him that caused him to be retired from his rodeo career - and that's how we were able to purchase him. Indian was an awesome horse. When he started to become ill, my Pawpaw decided to sell him to spare me seeing him suffer. So then we got into some breeding - we had two mares and a stud horse that we bred for a while. Got some nice babies, then the horse market took a drastic turn and we ended up selling double registered babies for around $100 tops... So we sold them all... By that point, I had been riding a gelding that we had bought way back when we had Indian - his name was Blaze. Blaze came to us from a troubled home where the people were mean to him. A lot of people called Blaze a "pain in the rear" but the truth of the matter was simple: Blaze was smarter than a lot of the human beings I've known and simply needed someone to bond with him to control him - he needed to WANT to please you, not to be MADE to please... So I worked with Blaze until I had his trust. I rode him for the last 9 years that we had him with a simple hackamore and most of the time bareback. We did everything together! So fast forward a little bit to this year. By this year I had been with Blaze for nearly 15 years and we were extremely close; he was my best friend. But, on May 16th, 2013 I was forced to say goodbye to Blaze and end his suffering of a horrible disease called EPM. (If any of you all don't know what that is, PLEASE educate yourselves about it!) By this point I was already married to my husband and we knew we were expecting so this year brought me a LOT of changes... So, in mid June I decided to adventure out to a ranch that isnt too far from my house. I had known about this ranch for a long time but never needed to go because I had Blaze... So I went out to see this ranch and volunteer and I gradually fell in love with 3 more horses who my husband and I purchased. Ellie and Belle are our mares, Ellie is 100% blind and Belle is partially blind (I think she can still see shadows at least). And Big Boy is our gelding - an awesome horse and lives up to his name, he is BIG! lol... You all can read more about them under my horses...
So basically I love horses and I want to make friends and communicate with other people who also love horses and want to be friends. =)