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        09-12-2009, 06:08 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Mrs B I love your signature , it is so true!
         
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        09-13-2009, 02:10 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    The first time I rode, I was 2, and I just did that around for a while, being lead around. Then when I was 5, I started taking lessons...on retired barrel horses...lol. And we did some bareback and all that stuff, but it really helped me. I didn't learn on pushbuttons. So I've ridden Western for almost 12 years now, (I'm 14 this month) and English only about 3 years.
         
        09-13-2009, 02:34 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Honestly, I don't remember "learning" - I just grew up on horses to the point that it has always been so much a part of my life that there is no memory of life before riding or the actual process of learning.
         
        09-13-2009, 09:15 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RadHenry09    
    Mrs B I love your signature , it is so true!
    LoL I noticed we had the same one too, and I believe it 100%!
         
        09-15-2009, 08:40 PM
      #15
    Started
    When I was six my granddaddy slapped me on the back on his 6 year old Mustang, wacked the Mustang's butt hard, and there was my first lesson, and perhaps that and the many "lessons" after that is the reason I am terrified to get on a Mustang. Lol.
         
        09-15-2009, 09:23 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I rode off and on while growing up but my mom would not let me have a horse of my own because she had friends that had been killed on them. One friend that she had her father worked a lot and he shipped over a appaloosa back home to his daughter and before she tried him out in the field she took him into the woods to ride. He spooked and ran her under some branches and knocked her off. She ended up hitting her head on some rocks and she ended up dying because she froze to death. When she went out riding she didn't bother to tell anyone where she was going riding.
    I have always loved horses and didn't own one until I was 21. She was a grade quarter horse mare on her way to the slaughter house. I rescued her and trained her myself. My husbands first horse was our stallion. He is very gentle and kind. My boys ride my 3 year old paint filly. They love to ride especially my 2 year old.
         
        09-15-2009, 09:39 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    When I was little, my grandfather had a few draft horses left over from the days when the farm had been run on real horse power. They were gentle enough that my grandpa would take me out with him when he went to feed them, and I'd drag myself up onto their backs and plop my little butt on them while they wandered about eating and whatever else they did in the pasture, with me squealing and yanking on their manes. When they'd had enough of me, they'd lay down and I'd just tumble off their backs, then they'd get up again and trot away. Haha
    My dad had two horses before I was born, too -- a dirty white mare he'd gotten by giving someone a pool table, and a frisky sorrel gelding that was tied to the bumper of a truck that he bought. Neither of them were truly saddle broke, but they knew how to carry a rider and could sort of do a little reining. So I rode them around, too, and got my first hesitant learnings of handling reins.
    My uncle, too, had a small collection of horses, and most of his were actually saddle broke. He had one mare in particular, Sunshine (everyone called her 'Sunny', and I called her 'Sun-Sun' as a little kid), who was a pretty little buckskin. He taught me how to really ride almost as soon as I could get in the saddle on my own, then let me show her and ride her on parades and on trails. I continued riding her until I was about 13, when she had a little bay colt, and then my parents bought me a little pony stallion that I rode. Meanwhile, my uncle started teaching me how to imprint and halter break a foal -- Sunny's little bay. I helped in all his training, and when I turned 15, he gave me the 2-year-old colt (2-Pak) as a birthday/Christmas present; as soon as 2-Pak had a few hours on him, I started riding him myself.
    Now I'm 19, and still learning all sorts of things. My latest project: learning to run barrels. ^_^
         
        09-16-2009, 01:22 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Cool how do you like running barrels. I was going to run my paint filly on barrels but I really have to work to get her to run so I am going to make her a western pleasure horse instead.
         
        09-16-2009, 11:50 AM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by equus717    
    Cool how do you like running barrels. I was going to run my paint filly on barrels but I really have to work to get her to run so I am going to make her a western pleasure horse instead.
    Who, me?
    I'm enjoying myself... I more or less got into it because I got my hands on a pair of mares who'd be trained to run barrels, and I wanted to show them. But I hate Western Pleasure (it's too slow! XD) and I already have two halter horses, so I stuck with what they knew.
         
        09-16-2009, 03:45 PM
      #20
    dee
    Started
    When we first got married, we didn't have much $$. He told me he would buy me a diamond ring for our fifth annivesary. When we saw Snoopy at the auction, I told him I'd rather have a horse and he bought him for me. (He bought one for himself from a friend so we could ride together.) To my shock and surprise - he bought me a diamond ring for that Christmas - so I got both the horse and the ring in the fifth year of our marriage! (we have now been married 30+ years!)
         

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