I am the mother of a horse crazed daughter (15). We never planned on horses as part of our life journey but...here we are. We got into horses knowing NOTHING and still have much to learn.
Daughter is a pretty good rider ( I think) due in part to the very WRONG horse we bought her at auction. Lesson learned.
But daughter stuck it out with horse. She got on as an 11 year old new rider on (what turned out to be) a retired rodeo horse, barrel racer, team roper. Way too much horse. But in the following years that horse taught our kid to STICK on, as well as stick with a difficult project. Horse is in her early 20's and shows no sign of slowing down or getting easier to cope with. She gets ridden 4 times a week anyway, more if weather permits.
Now we have taken on a 'project horse'. Again, perhaps not the best idea we've ever had. 2 1/2 year old Clyde / Thoroughbred cross. Good grief is he growing. It is over issues with new guy that I came to this site seeking answers.
I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your wisdom and experience. Thank you.