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post #1 of 20 Old 09-10-2009, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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How did you learn how to ride?

I remember when I was about 5 my father had bought a racing 1/4 horse named Aramiz. One day on the ranch I decided I was going to ride him bareback with no gear. Well I got on and he went from 0-35 before I knew it and I was off in the dirt. Got up and looked at myself and said that didn't hurt at all lol. I repeated this for about an hour climbing the fence drawing him over with some hay and jumping on. Being only 7 or so I guess falling off a 15 hand horse wasn't that bad. If I was to fall now who knows what would crack-snap-pop. My dad did make me learn to ride bareback first and learn to use my leg strength to stay on the horse and control him. Can't say I didn't pull some hair out of horse on my way off a few times .
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 12:06 AM
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I bugged and bugged and bugged my parents for riding lessons. I got them for my 11th birthday. That was 41 years ago, and I'm still learning and still riding :)
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post #3 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 01:37 AM
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I was 8 and I had english pleasure lessons on an old lesson quarter horse. I am now doing dressage on my own young Warmblood (I am 15 now). I have come a long way and have a much longer way to go. My first 3-4 years of riding were just once a week lessons without much progression but then I got serious about it, I quit the soccer team and ballet to devote all my time to riding.
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When I was about 7, I'd been helping out with some of the horses agisted at our place. My friend had just fed her mare some hay, and then she just found a bucket and popped on to her bareback. I just followed her on. That was the first time I ever sat on a horse, and I begged Mum to let me ride her horses.
I wasn't a very smart kid, I thought you just popped on and uh......kicked and said giddy-up. That didn't work very well. Until I was about 10, Mum never let me out of her sight around horses, cause she was afraid I'd just hop on and get bucked off.
My Mum and her friend (whos an instructor) taught me how to properly ride.
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post #5 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 11:29 AM
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My friends and I had ponies (I had a welsh mountain pony) when we were younger and we would spend hours riding. Then I worked at a riding stable for many years taking out trail rides 9 - 10 hours a day. Plus breaking in the new horses at the end of the day. In those days there wasn't enough saddles so all the trail guides rode bareback. Ahhh I miss those days - strong legs. Now I've ridden Duke bareback twice but not very fast as its a loooong fall and I know I would break something. I've never had proper lessons until now (30 years later). A bunch of us who have been riding most of our lives are actually taking lessons, its cool.
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post #6 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 12:50 PM
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My husband bought me my first horse as for our fifth anniversary. I had only ridden a couple of times before that - but I've always loved horses. He could ride - he had owned a horse while he was in the marines. My first horse was a two year old that had only had a saddle on a few times. He was really sweet, and really lazy. He would walk all day, and trot if you made him - but anything faster than that was absolutely out of the question - which was fine by me, for a while anyway. Eventually I sold him to a lady wanting a quiet ride and went through a succession of three or four horses - each with a problem I didn't care to deal with, until I found my beloved Sugar. She taught me how to ride - at least - as much she could. I was still a chicken, but she required a firmer hand than my others and provided me with a challenge. She was up to anything I asked of her, and was very forgiving of my stupidity after we got used to each other. I had her for years and miss her very much. My new mare reminds me of her, but I'm not sure I'm as brave/stupid as I was 20 years ago! (and at a very large 51, I don't bounce like I used to!)

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post #7 of 20 Old 09-11-2009, 04:24 PM
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i had a horse when I was a kid. Ebony, sehe was not much of a horse, her papers claimed she was a Tennesse Walker, and 5 years old. It any of that was true, I'm the King of the British Empire. She was a pinto that was foundered (we didn't know what to do about that). But she was a claim kid mount. Her plus about 6 other rides with various horses not counting pony rides at county fairs. I thought I count ride anything.
Then I meet Pancho, and a stupid fall later . this horse learned if he bucked or more correctly crow hopped, I would get off. my confidence was destroyed. And a buddy from work helped me, and I got a much better horse. But I am still learning.

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For some reason, I've always had a love for animals, even though we never had any because my mom was allergic, but horses were my absolute obsession. I still remember that when my mom drove me to kindergarten, we would pass a pasture on the way there that had two horses and I would stare at them out the car window until I couldn't see them anymore. I would read piles and piles of books about horses...stories about them, how to ride, the different breeds, etc., and I would only watch movies about horses lol Then when I was old enough, I begged my mom to let me take lessons, and she did for a while until she decided that it was too dangerous, and I completely resented her for that. But when I moved out, I started riding again on my own :)

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post #9 of 20 Old 09-12-2009, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by dee View Post
My husband bought me my first horse as for our fifth anniversary.
I thought the fifth anniversary was wood!!! Wow, horse is much better!! lol

"Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world."
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-12-2009, 06:05 PM
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I grew up in a horse family, My Mother and many of my aunts had a passion for or owned horses so having access to them was pretty easy for me. I have always loved horses as a young child and my aunt would sit me on her 12 hand bay pony named Liza (bareback w/rope reins clipped on her halter) she would allow the horses to graze in her yard and Liza was perfectly content to eat grass with me aboard. She didnt have any desire to leave the grass which was fine because I was just thrilled to be able to sit on her. After that my aunt would put me on varies ponies/horses and I kind learned the hard way and fell off a lot too ! I was about 8yrs old at that time but I was hooked for life! I finally was able to own my own pony(Frosty, 13.3h Arabcross mare) when I was 12 and joined 4H , I rode Western but wanted to learn English so then I would get off the bus after school at my leaders farm who was a riding instructor and took structured lessons weekly for about 2 yrs which was great because I was able to ride different lesson horses while I still owned my pony. I also bought an Appy wealing when I was in my early 20's and learned a lot about training, I even put a few first rides on him too until I found out that I was preg myself and I actually got out of horse for a long time...then 3 yrs ago I rescued my Mustang gelding and He has taught me a lot more about horses and that you just dont get on a ride...If I would have known that back then I think I would have a lot different with horses but as it was stated arent we all still learning?

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