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post #1 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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How did you start getting into riding/horses?

Hello friends! I'm wondering how ya'll got into horses and riding.

I was 4 years old when I first sat on the back of a 16hh bay QH gelding while visiting my grandparents. I had had other obsessions before, like scarlet macaws and dinosaurs (weird right?) but this time it stuck. I've never looked back since that day, and my passion for riding, jumping, and horses in general gets stronger every day!

What's your story? I would love to hear from you!!

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post #2 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 06:29 PM
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Short version: I rode a little as a kid. Then a few years ago we were going to take a vacation and I wanted to do a trail ride. But I didn't want the "intro level" trail ride, I wanted the more interesting one. This company required more experience than I had, in order to do that trail ride. So I started riding once a week at a nearby trail place. A few months later, without having the slightest idea what I was doing, I had bought two of their horses. Now I have three!

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post #3 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 07:02 PM
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From a baby, my parents took me to visit the small herds of Welsh ponies, which were kept in the fields around our home. Ive photos showing my parents holding me when I was about a year old and Im absolutely entranced by the ponies at the fence.

As my interest grew, my parents felt that sending me for a lesson would either cure my interest or set me on the right path. On my third birthday, I rode for the first time and, although I dont remember it, I do have a small photo, which shows me riding a little skewbald Shetland. According to my mum, we walked around a large arena with a lady holding me on, as my legs were too short to be of any use.

A few years later I was sent to a local riding school. I was around five or six when I had my first half-hour lesson on a brown, 12.2hh pony called Frolic. I can remember learning to guide it around bollards, walk, trot and my first attempts at rising trot. It was a strict yard where you were taught to do things a certain way and got yelled at if you didnt meet the standard, no matter your age.

When i was old enough, i was allowed to volunteer in the yard so that i could learn how to care for the horses. It was a huge place with well over a hundred horses in sub-yards within the main one. There were students training to be instructors, jockeys and grooms as well as volunteers. I spent my days, mucking out, skipping out, watering, feeding and leading beginners in lessons. We all waited for the moment an instructor would yell get your hat which meant youd earned a free ride for all of your hard work. It was tough but it gave me the grounding i needed to have my own horse.

When my parents thought i was responsible enough to handle one of my own, they asked a friend to help buy me my first pony, which was a grey Welsh called Sasha
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post #4 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 08:30 PM
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I honestly have no idea. I grew up in town. My grandparents had a farm with cows, but no horses. I didn't have any friends that rode or had horses. I was always an animal person, but it was always more dogs (which I've still never owned, lol).
I walked into the kitchen one day and asked for riding lessons and my mom got me lessons. No idea what spurred the question.
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Equestrian Girl 3000 View Post
I had had other obsessions before, like scarlet macaws and dinosaurs (weird right?) but this time it stuck.
That's interesting you mention that, because when I was really little, like probably kindergarten little, I was in to big horn sheep and lions! But those "favorite animals" didn't last long. At some point very early I discovered horses, collected Breyers, and literally cried every time I saw a horse! I would see horses in people's yards and couldn't even fathom how someone could have a horse and not be out there with them all the time!

The Black Stallion was my favorite movie of all time. Maybe it still is. It's certainly still in my top 3.

I grew up in the city and my parents didn't have horse property so I was absolutely horse starved until I was about 16 or 17. At that point, my parents finally gave in and let me get a horse and I boarded it for several years, riding every day after school. And I mean every day! I would have to be very sick or a major holiday like Christmas not to go out and ride my horse. I had one horse for like a year and then a lady I boarded with decided to sell one of hers. An Arabian. My first horses was also an Arabian, so pretty soon I had two Arabian geldings.

After a few years of boarding, my Dad retired from his job and we moved to a horse property. Before long I had 3!

I'm now down to one, but I'm always keeping an eye out for my next horse. (I really prefer to get a horse from someone I know, so I have some idea of what kind of horse I'm getting.)

I am just horse crazy I guess. I have never really had another passion since I was about 5. And I love all breeds. I have a hard time understanding how a person can love one breed and hate another, but I've met people like that. Me, if it has 4 legs, is reasonably sound, well behaved and doesn't try to kill me and is big enough for me to ride (that leaves out minis and ponies) that sounds like a good horse to me!

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like @ApuetsoT , I did not grow up in a horsey family. None of my friends were into them either. As a small child I always wanted to go on trail rides when we were camping, and always asked for a horse for Christmas (which I never got).

Finally in Grade 10 I quit playing the other sports I was doing at the time so I could take up riding lessons. I bought my first horse shortly after that (which was definitely a mistake and something that i learned from). I've never looked back though and many, many years later I now have 3 horses and my own property. One of the horses I have, I bought as a 3 year old and he will be 22 now.

I love that I can learn something new about horses every day. It never stops.
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post #7 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 09:22 PM
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I was about 3 or 4 when i started riding. I remember being at my riding club and one of my familys good friend let me ride one of his horses. Ever since that day I have been unstoppable, Im now learning to jump which is a struggle but Im getting there!!
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post #8 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 09:34 PM
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Funny, my brother and I rode my grandpa's horse Amber (quarter horse) a couple of times when we went to his farm. Every time we rode her it was bareback and she would head for the trees and go under a low limb and drag us off usually ending the riding. Fast forward 20 years and I was married with 3 girls, the middle being 8 or 9 and loved the horses the second property over owned (Jerry). Jerry taught her to ride. I really needed to bond more with her since she was the middle child. Jerry had the arab cross my daughter rode and had two Belguims he drove and rode. He told me if I wanted to ride with my daughter and him I could ride one of them. What wonderful smooth rider Jake (gelding) was. We rode around his place then rode the roads. That started it and I built a horse barn and pens. The three girls started 4H and it snowballed from there including buying our cattle ranch.
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I was always infatuated with horses from a young age. Unicorns, to be more precise but they are a bit harder to find. ;)

But, living in the suburbs you were unlikely to come across either one. So I made do with horse books, movies and later on some horse related computer games.

I begged for a horse every Christmas, every birthday, every half-birthday but (as we all know) they're expensive!

When I was 11, my parents were able to give me the gift of riding lessons. I was overjoyed! My first partner in crime was an older solid paint named Winky (he was blind in one eye).

My parents were nervous about putting their (very short) daughter on a huge (16.2hh) partially blind horse. But they were quickly put at ease when they saw me grooming him. That horse was worth his weight and more in gold. I feel so lucky to be able to start my riding career on him.
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-26-2020, 10:22 PM
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My brother had a pony, my earliest memory is climbing the fence so when the pony came close, I could jump on. When I was 7, l got my own pony but I rode my friend's miserable pony for a year before that because no one else wanted to. Even after I got my pony who was quite well behaved, I still rode that miserable Brownie and let my pony be ridden by less-experienced friends. There was a whole gang of us who used to ride right after school and on weekends, did this lasted until we were 12 years old. Those were the days, sigh.

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