I seem to have a lot of time tonight as I am not tired so I'll go ahead and introduce myself, since I didn't in the beginning like normal people do lol.
I'm Liz! I've been riding all my life, literally. My first memory of riding is when I was in pre-k. Friends of the family had kids my age and some horses. The first horse I probably ever rode was a little black shetland pony. He was so rotten... I remember him taking off once with an older kid (probably age 10) and so we made signs that said "Pony for sale". :) The next few years I kept riding with that family but I progressed to some old QH mares, the bay named Patches and the buckskin named Babe. We joined a round up club and attended playdays doing barrels, poles, and flags. Good times!
Then, when I was 8 I got my first horse, Wisper (I always spelled it with no H, I knew better but I guess I just thought it was more unique). She was 14 when I got her, sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail, 4 white socks, a bald face, and a blue eye. People always asked me if she was blind in that eye... Lol. We won quite a bit in the playdays: some ribbons, a trophy, and even a halter! ;) This is a picture of me on Wisper back in my earlier days:
Then I got my second horse, Lucky. My parents got him as a surprise to me, and they got ripped off. To be honest I don't know if I could have told you he was drugged back then either, but they meant well. There was something wrong with his neurological system and he ended up having to be put down because he could not control his rear legs :( Pictures:
Then I grew out of Wisper and sort of got bored with just endless trail riding around the house. So we sold her. Somehow, she got injured at her new owner's place.. they say a bobcat attack, I say barbed wire. One of her rear legs was barely hanging there at the fetlock joint.. She had to be put down :(
So by now I'm about 11-13 years old. I BEG my parents for a mini. So I get Kram as a yearling. I kept him for about 3 years until I gave him to a family with little kid who play with him now.
Faaaast forward. Okay, until this past summer I was in and out of riding horses with friends, etc. Suddenly it just hit me that I was missing it and I just couldn't live without them. I signed up for a "working student" position at a lesson stable, and worked for lessons. It lasted about a month until complications arose. I could no longer be around horses, and it was HELL. I've never experienced the NEED to have horses around that much ever. I had just gotten into riding seriously and knew I wanted to compete and have horses around all the time.
Then, a month later things settled down and I went to a more local place to get a job cleaning stalls. It was an arabian barn, not really a public boarding or riding facility but it was enough. I think I cleaned for like two days before I was offered to ride. The BO liked the way I rode and gave me a few tips. She offered a horse for me to show that fall and I've never looked back :)
(more in next post..)