The 30-something's Thread!! *finally*
Ok. So here it is! The thread for those of us who are too old for the "20-something's" thread and too young for the "40-something's" thread.
Talk about horses. Talk about other animals. Talk about family. Talk about friends. Talk about life in general. Only "rule" is please keep it clean and friendly. :-)
I'll go first and introduce myself.
Hi, I'm Paige. I turned 30 in October. I have loved horses since I was three and watched Man From Snowy River for the first time. After growing up with my dad being severely allergic to horses and my parents thinking horses were "just a phase" and not wanting to "waste money on lessons," I was finally in a place in my life to purchase my first (and only) horse. I purchased Aires as a basically unhandled 2yo stud colt and did all his groundwork, then my old BO broke him out for me (after he was gelded, of course). After my trainer friend put four rides on him, they handed me the reins. Anyway, it's been a rocky road for me, since right before Aires was backed, I was thrown from a boarder's crazy rescue mare (long story there) and fractured my ankle. My confidence was thoroughly shaken and I've been struggling to get it back ever since. This year, though, I'm going to push myself. I've found someone who will give me English lessons and has a horse of a size that I will be comfortable riding (I'm overweight right now, but working on getting back down to where I was a few months ago).
So, let the sharing begin!
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Bout time Drafty! :)
I turned 30 in February. I've been horse mad since I was a kid, but didn't get to start riding until I was about 13 as we didn't have the money for it. I had ridden at my aunt's whenever we went for a visit, and I think the entire family is in agreement that I should have been her daughter - as none of her kids are into the horses and my parents had no interest either. I didn't have my own horse til I moved to Ireland, and have gone through several in my quest for the right one; and now have Bandit. I was offered double what I paid for him the day he arrived at the yard, but I refused it and won't sell him til we move. I'm married, with two kids who I wouldn't trade for anything (although I wish the youngest had a snooze button - 5am wakeup today!). My major passion is horse racing and I work for a trainer - it's a tough and stressful job but I love the sense of achievement being part of the team when we get a nice winner :)
Haha, I was wondering why there was no 30 something thread...it's like we're at an age where we don't count xD
BTW, Hi Paige. ;)
My name is Alanna, I'm 31, though sometimes I forget that, and I'm sort of new to horses. I bought my QH/Perch X, Kiera back in October of 2011, and she is my first horse. I did not have much of a childhood, and though I was exposed to a ton of different sorts of animals, I'd never had a horse. I am told that I've done pretty well...Kiera is in the Sacramento area, and has been since October when I fled back to PA..but we will be together again soon. Before I left, she did everything I asked of her, and my worst casualties were a stepped on foot (my bad for wearing sandals lol) and a kick for cold hosing her nipples!
Since then, I've been working with two Shetlands I rescued, and that's a whole different adventure. xD Beyond that, trying to manage enough spare cash to take riding lessons, since legal fees have been sucking me dry since November. =/ I definitely have to say that being an adult really sucks sometimes!!
It's actually really funny, I know there are so many threads about horses and so many ways to train, right? The funny is that I got a text from my BO yesterday: she wants me to let her know next time I come out to work with that half feral pony, so her mom can come watch too...she says....(joke inc)...that maybe I should think about becoming a horse trainer!
I texted back "sure, that would be great, if I ever finally learn to ride!" ;)
Sorry if this is scattered, I have no idea why I'm still up at 5:30 in the morning!
OK, I'll join. I started riding when I was 6 and never had that moment of falling in love with horses. I just always remember loving them. I was the kid glued to the tv when there was a horse on tv and glued to the window of the car when I saw a horse going down the road. My parents thought they would get me a few lessons and I would grow out of that phase. HA, little did they know...
Ugh I'm 35 already, again I am like you other folks suffering from Equus related afflictions since early childhood......got my first reining horse last year....will be attending and competing in my first reining show this year....(puke! So nervous!) Got my first trailer yesterday!!! Now I just have to learn how to tow it!
Good things come to those who wait;)
Good call Paige! 30s - too old to be cool but too young to be old?
Most of you know me by now but here goes. I'm Mandy, 33, very happily married and have one ornery 7 year old daughter. I grew up on a horse. My family has been raising working/cutting bred QHs for over 50 years. My grandpa started the farm with a son of Poco Dell and some broods from the King ranch. I still have 2 of his sons and 2 of his daughters. Rode before I could walk and haven't stopped since. I've dabbled in just about everything equine over the years aside from dressage, XC and mounted shooting. Mounted shooting is on my radar. I do shoot clays off my horse so I guess that kind of counts. Don't think they'd let me compete with my shotgun though lol.
When my grandparents health started to decline it was decided that they had to sell the farm. I stepped up to the plate and bought the farm because there was no way I could stomach it belonging to anyone outside of our family. There are currently 15 equine residents, 2 dogs, a cat and a rabbit.
Hi everyone! I'm Megan, 31, and somewhat new to the forum as well. I grew up loving all animals including horses. As a kid I knew there was no hope of riding lessons or being around horses, but always wanted to. Then in college I was able to take two of the PE riding courses that were offered at the time. That's when I really got hooked and knew I wanted horses when I was able.
I've been taking dressage lessons for a couple of years now and volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. My in-laws also have horses, so my husband and I ride whenever we see them.
We are planning on building a small barn over the summer and I'm hoping to finally get my first horse this fall. Finally...at age 31 (or 32 depending on the timing).
Hello, I'm Jessie, 32, and I was bit by the equine bug very young in life even though we were in a situation where I could not have them. I even remember visiting my great grandmother in a different state and having her crawl under fencing with me just so I could visit the neighbor's horses. LOL.
Bought my first horse my last year of college and they have been a huge part of my life since.
I currently have 4 horses here. One is my husband's draft cross, Apache, that we adopted as an orphan nurse are foal 8 years ago. Rascal my grade who-knows-what flaxen chestnut. Got him as a thin unhandled yearling and he is now going on 4. Guinness my 4 year old (Smokey?) Black mustang. He is my dream horse and I just got the papers in the mail to get his title. And finally our newest member - a seal brown TB mare named Piper. She is just a total sweet heart and around 10 years old.
Kinda in the same boat as Mandy (well, maybe the same lake) with people knowing about me, but just as Smurf, lol.
My name is Megan, but those who know me call me Meg. I'm 32, and have been on a horse since I was 7. I started training / finishing / restarting horses around 11 and been doing it off & on since then. I will admit I find I'm better at finishing / fixing them than starting them. Babies ARE NOT my thing.
I used to show / promote a stud and will hopefull be working with him and the owner within the next year again, getting him & his foals out there (once they're green broke of course, lol). I've run 2 farms in the past, and am hoping to do it again soon.
I used to give lessons, make show clothes, and be a 4-h leader. After a 6 yr job related hiatus, I'm slowing getting back into it (like I ever left, hahaha). My goal for the summer was to pick up another barrel horse, but due to a recent ankle injury, we'll have to see what happens with that.
Meanwhile, I still have 1 horse, Odie. I've had him since he was 2 and he'll be 22 in May. My daughter is learning how to ride him hunt this year an hopes to show.
Other than that, I've been married for 12 years and have 2 kids (10 & 4). When I'm not at the barn or on HF, I'm an environmental field tech.
So that's me in a nutshell, lol
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