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post #1 of 15 Old 04-27-2012, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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New here, Texas resident and western rider/trainer =)

Hi! My name is Victoria. I am an upcoming 25 year old single mom to a 4 year old cowgirl in the making. =) I am new here and thought I'd post here to maybe meet some fellow riders!

I have been training since I was given my first horse at age 11. My then riding partner taught me the basics of barrel racing/playday events, and I trained my gelding from there. Ever since, all my horses came to me either green or in the basics of training and I would then train them on the patterns and compete with them. I recently have had about a 3 year break in training/serious riding/and competing.

Last year I came into the opportunity to revive and manage a stable, and have been doing so ever since. I now have a 4 year old AQHA mare and an approx. 10 year old rescue Qh-arab cross gelding.

I ride western and enjoy trails, team penning, training, and light work on the barrel patterns.

Despite how long I've ridden and competed, I know now how hard it can be to get back into riding shape after several years, but it continues to be the love of my life!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-27-2012, 04:34 PM
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Welcome, fellow Texan! There sure are a lot of us here, so you'll fit right in!

It sounds like you've got some lovely horses and we'd love to see pictures if you have the time! We enjoy showing our animals off on here quite a bit, as you'll see xD

I am an assistant trainer ( I'm only 16, so still learning! ) at a local therapeudic riding center and rescue facility, and it's a very rewarding job! I'm a bit of a dabbler though, and never stick with one certain thing. I've done a bit of penning, cutting, WP, a lot of trail, and am now taking reining lessons. Nothing better than a well turned out horse!

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-27-2012, 04:38 PM
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Howdy and welcome from another Texan .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-27-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! Thanks for the welcome! =) I'm a Louisiana native, but I've made Texas my second home for sure. I've been here in the BCS area for almost 2 years now, and I love the opportunities it has provided. And I'm proud to have survived my first Texas drought and fire season! haha

I am more than happy to post a couple of pics! (I hope this thread is appropriate? Not sure where to show them off.) My horses are my second babies (my daughter is the first of course). My mare is my baby. She just turned 4 in March. Her registered name is Aust N Flowes >_< (I didn't pick), but I call her Holly. She is a direct result of my training. She came to me halter broke, but had been turned out to pasture up until the day I came for her. She now has about 7 rides and has never bucked or balked under saddle.

And this is Hobo. He gets a lot of attention for his name. He was a rescue and has been rehabbing with me. He's picked up a ton of weight and is finally starting to fill back out. We believe he's a Quarter-Arab mix without the Arabian gait. These two are pasture buddies in our herd. =)

So those are my two. I'm currently looking for another young horse to start as a new project now that my mare is riding well. I'm hoping to start her on penning soon. She has the most beautiful natural pivot on her back legs. I used to love the speed horses, but her movements have definitely turned me on to cow horses.
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post #6 of 15 Old 04-28-2012, 03:36 AM
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Welcome to the forum, your horses are very pretty!!

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #7 of 15 Old 04-28-2012, 03:52 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Great pictures, I enjoyed looking at your horses, thanks for posting. So you have a little girl who is like her mom and loves horses? That is awesome!
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-28-2012, 02:00 PM
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Hi Victoria
Nice to meet you and your horse.
I too was a single mom at 25 my daughter is now 27 years old

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post #9 of 15 Old 04-28-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone!

HorseLovinLady: Thank you! I work very hard to keep them healthy and happy. Still hoping for a little more bulk on my gelding, but he's coming along!

Waresbear: Yes I do! She is still a little skittish in the saddle, but she is a little TOO comfortable with them on the ground. It doesn't help that she rides my friend's mare who is absolutely BOMBPROOF, and will let her do just about anything to her without flinching a single muscle. But I am trying to teach her all the right and wrong things and hope she will continue to keep a love for them that I always had.

Country Woman: It is both the most rewarding and frustrating job of my life. haha She is too smart for her own good. She is starting school this fall and I can't believe she's growing up so fast.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-28-2012, 04:56 PM
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your mare is a lovely color

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