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thenrie 09-22-2012 03:06 PM

New member in VA.
 
I've been looking for a good horse-oriented forum and I think I've found the right one this time.

My dad was a career US Air Force Officer, who was born in southern Utah and raised on a ranch there. He introduced our family to horses before I can remember, but we weren't in a position to own any until I was about 9 years old. We moved around a lot, but never gave up the horses after we first got them. We first had them in Niceville, Fla for a few years, then hauled them to Goldsboro, NC for my junior high years. Then we hauled them out to Arizona for my high school years. Now, many years later, here I am in Stafford, VA, having had the horse experience in both the east and west.

While in NC, Dad bought 90 acres and we built a large barn (I really do mean WE built it), a log tack building and store, and started a riding school. At one time we had the largest horse operation in Wayne County. It was during that period I became a pretty good rider and started learning about training and my passion for horses was born. It was short-lived, though, because Dad was transferred to Tucson, AZ. We kept just five horses and hauled them out there.

During my high school years in Arizona my dad retired from the USAF. It was then that he started me on horse packing. He and I have since been on many long and wonderful horse pack trips in the mountains of Arizona, both for hunting and just plain wandering.

I spent the past 23+ years working at a career with federal law enforcement. During that time I raised 5 kids, but none of them have developed the passion for horses that I did. Probably because I always had too much going on and moved too often to get them involved to the degree my parents did me. Last year I bought a 6 year-old grade Quarter Horse mare for my youngest daughter, to see if she would develop the love of things horse-related that I have. Nope. She likes them and enjoys riding, like all my other kids, but the passion just isn't there.

So, I retired last March (2012). I am now able to return to my "roots", so to speak, and am turning my daughter's horse into a very nice trail mount for myself. A friend has a 20 year-old QH that needs some attention and riding, so we made a deal. We keep my horse at their place and split feed, and I exercise and train their horse. Sweet deal for me.

Within about 2 years I expect to be back out west. Once I get settled out there, I expect to spend the bulk of my time on the back of a horse trying to see what's on the other side of the hill.

Tony Henrie:wink:

twiz454 09-22-2012 03:12 PM

Welcome! I'm currently at Ft Bragg NC, but originally from Roanoke, VA. I miss the hills!

SouthernTrails 09-22-2012 03:15 PM

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Hi Tony,

I have seen some of your Posts, was wondering when you would say hello :lol:

Thanks for sharing :wink:


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xlionesss 09-22-2012 03:35 PM

Welcome from Richmond!
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HorseLovinLady 09-22-2012 11:06 PM

Welcome!! :smile:

Cacowgirl 09-23-2012 04:44 PM

I enjoy your posts & am glad to read your history. I moved to AZ early this year-it's been an adjustment, but the animals are much happier. Are you going to be coming back to AZ? The riding here is unbelivable, but it was also very nice where I came from & I do miss riding in the river bottom which I did for the previous 35 years.

Welcome to the H. Forum!

Dead Rabbit 09-23-2012 07:26 PM

also a fellow Virginian. im near roanoke VA.

thenrie 09-24-2012 09:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl (Post 1694126)
I enjoy your posts & am glad to read your history. I moved to AZ early this year-it's been an adjustment, but the animals are much happier. Are you going to be coming back to AZ? The riding here is unbelivable, but it was also very nice where I came from & I do miss riding in the river bottom which I did for the previous 35 years.

Welcome to the H. Forum!

Well, most of my kids and one new granddaughter are in UT and NM, and my parents and siblings are in AZ and UT. I think (hope) it is inevitable that I will be back out there within a couple years. While the farms and greenery are beautiful out here in VA, I really miss being able to ride for days with no designated trails, no camping restrictions, no goofy regulations and seeing mighty few people. In the Shenandoah NP, they have a regulation that if you can see your horse tracks, you have to stay on graveled trails. Good grief! Can't even take my trail dog with me! Give me good old BLM and USFS land any day!

Told my wife that since she faithfully followed me around for 30 years, she can pick where we retire and I'll follow her. I expect that will be somewhere near the grandkids.:D

corgi 09-24-2012 02:17 PM

Yes, welcome! I am in Spotsylvania so we are practically neighbors.

thenrie 09-24-2012 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by corgi (Post 1694952)
Yes, welcome! I am in Spotsylvania so we are practically neighbors.

I'm going to Lake Anna to ride on Wednesday. I need to put some miles on my horse. Come ride with me!


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