Hello, I would like to introduce myself to this community. I am here to be a sponge, to absorb and learn and take advice from those more experienced than myself :)
I am 21 years old, married, no children. I live in Southern Mississippi, and currently I am a full time college student in a teachers education program.
I grew up riding horses. I started riding when I was 3 years old. Never took formal lessons, just learned from my father and at the time my step mother. I ran some speed events with the local 4H club, and went to alot of fun shows.
It has truly been a long time since then, I remember back when I could ride the hair off of a horse and still go for days. Sadly, when I got married I found myself moving on with my life and no longer having time for my barrel horse, who was also (if you will) my "heart horse." I had such a complete bond with this horse, I can not even begin to describe it. I can not verbally talk about him much, or in any detail, without breaking down crying. Long story short, the horse had talent that didn't need to be wasted, I had ridden and trained him for 7 years. Sold him to a young girl who rode him in 4H shows and has taken home many ribbons. He is older now at 17 and she still rides him in some speed events, and just for fun. He is happy and I keep up with him on facebook.
Moving on, that is what this is all about. Since I have sold him I dropped almost all interest in riding at all. I live 30 minutes away from my dad (where the barn/horses are). I visit often and on Sundays they all ride, the grandkids and my dad. Didn't interest me at all for a long time, he bought a buggy and leased a percheron horse and I drove the buggy. Really got into that for a while. It's time to get back in the saddle. I feel like my heart has been missing a piece of me that I can't fill in with anything else.
This is the second day that I have gone out to the barn and spent time with my horse. (*My* being used loosly, I own him but my father is the caregiver of him at the current. He has never been more than a pleasure horse/pet). The feeling that I felt was incomparable, I finally feel like myself again.
Here is the problem. I'm up about 100lbs since "back in the day." I'm fat, and I'm clumsy now. I know how to ride, stay on. But growing up I was never trained in the finer arts of horseback riding, balance, flexability, etc. Just get on and go.
I joined here because it is time to learn, the right way. July (my horse) was born on our property and has always belonged to us. He moved with my mom and I during high school, and I kept him here where I live now for a while after I sold the heart horse. I had to move him back to my dads when the local blueberry farm expanded and I couldnt keep him near the irrigation system (USDA rules).
I really like ground work (no access to a round pen anymore since it has been converted to a dog pen :/ ) but I bought a new lunge line and lunge whip today, that went very well.
I ordered a helmet today as well. Better safe than sorry. I am honestly a bit nervous about riding again, being bigger now. I worry that I wont be able to balance like I used too.
Immediate information I am looking for is about bits, and ground work. Sorry for such a long post. I am just glad to have found a community that offers so many resources for information. Thank you all for your time if you read this.