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post #21 of 27 Old 01-28-2020, 04:37 PM
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I have always loved horses. I don't remember a time when I didn't! My mom has told stories of me as a small child, like 2 or 3 years old, playing with old hand me down Breyer horses and making up all kinds of stories of their adventures. I grew up pretending my bike was a horse, and constantly wishing I could ride a real horse.

At the end of 5th grade I had a friend who took lessons from a small barn - her parents and the barn owner knew each other from work. I wanted in on it, but I didn't know who or how to ask. I just listened to my friend talk about the horses she was riding and everything she was learning and wished it could be me. One day my dad took me to an event at the local university - it was a day of horses, with lots of demos of different breeds and riding styles. It was awesome! And while we were there I spotted my friend with her parents. I remember begging my dad to PLEASE go over and ask where she rides. He did and we got the contact information for the barn that I would eventually come to call home.

The first time I went out to the barn for a visit and to see a lesson I could hardly wait. It was everything I had ever wanted. I remember seeing this other rider and just thinking how will I ever ride like that?? Looking back she was probably just trotting around on a relatively calm lesson horse, but to me, at a point when I had never ridden, it was amazing.

I started lessons shortly after, with the BO's daughter who was about 16 or so. It was definitely a "backyard barn" situation, but I loved it and looked forward to every lesson. I met other riders through the barn, eventually got involved with the local Pony Club, leased my first horse, went to my first shows, bought my first horse. Pretty much all of my riding "firsts" happened while at this barn, and I am forever thankful that I was able to call it home for close to 17 years (side note, next summer will mark 20 years of being a horsewoman - just about two thirds of my life!!)
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post #22 of 27 Old 01-28-2020, 05:29 PM
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I always loved animals. All of them. I always loved horses the same way I loved every other animal,even though I never met one,or seen one apart from out the car window.

Then,as a little girl with no activities whatsoever,I shuffled through the mail on the counter and came to a little brochure about a camp that offered riding lessons. I saw horse and riding lessons and trotted off to find my Mom,found her and told her I wanted to do these. She agreed and I had no idea what I signed up for. Lol! First one all I did was study the parts of a horse and go through a little hand made book of doís and dontís. Next lesson I was in love! And the next,and the next,every summer up to now!
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post #23 of 27 Old 01-28-2020, 07:22 PM
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From what my Mom told me, the first time I was on a horse she was 4 months pregnant with me. I don't remember my first ride ex utero, but it was probably before I could walk. We didn't have horses until I was 11, but by then, I'd ride anything. Mom loved horses and riding, too, so we were always finding places to rent and ride.

For as long as I can remember, I'd spend road trips staring out the car window, imagining I was on a horse, galloping alongside the road, keeping pace with the car. I'd jump obstacles, fly up and down hills. I discovered not too long ago that if I'm not driving, my mind still races beside the highway on a shiny copper penny red chestnut.

I always managed to have horses and married a man who didn't ride but loved taking care of them. I bred paints and QHs, trained, and spent time on horses almost daily until I messed up my back, had surgery, and was told I couldn't ride for a year. We sold the horses, got a divorce....

I spent almost my entire 40s without a horse and while I still rode occasionally, I knew something was missing in my life, but I didn't know what. Then my sister invited me on a 100 mile wagon train. We spent days in an 1860 C-Spring pulled by a Belgian and a spotted draft (paint percheron). Late afternoon, we'd set up camp, saddle the horses and explore, then feed groom eat roll into sleeping bags. When I got home from that trip I knew what I needed and my search began. I bought my mare in '13 and my gelding in '16. I'll never be without a horse again.

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post #24 of 27 Old 01-28-2020, 07:50 PM
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From the time I can remember, horses were my top priority. It was the first word I learned to spell, at age 4. I drew them everywhere and wrote the word "horse" on everything.

My parents were determined I was not to love or want horses, so they regularly stopped me and tried to force me to not show an interest in them. But it didn't do a bit of good.

When I was turning 8, my folks thought they would cure me of my obsession. They promised me riding lessons for my birthday, but if I got riding lessons, I was to get nothing else--no cake, no presents, no party, no family celebration of any kind.

My first riding lesson happened on my actual birthday. My parents were expecting me to be quite disappointed when I got back home and saw I was getting nothing for my birthday. Instead, I came home bounding with enthusiasm and excitement about how wonderful the riding lesson was. It wasn't really lessons. They were glorified trail rides where the guide turned around 2 or 3 times and said, "Put your heels down." Or "You're holding the reins wrong." All I could talk about was my wonderful thrilling exciting ride and how happy I was. I could care less about anything else. My parents looked at each other and said, "Oh crap." They knew I wasn't going to give up horses.

When I was 12, my parents still were totally against my riding and refused to let me get a horse. We were living in Ecuador at the time and good horses cost $50 and board was $15 a month, but they wouldn't let me get a horse. I was walking to the military cavalry academy and begging rides from the soldiers. I knew my parents wouldn't approve, so I didn't tell them. My dad's boss found out what I was doing and shamed my parents into letting me get a horse of my own.

And I haven't been without one since.
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post #25 of 27 Old 01-29-2020, 12:50 AM
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I suppose I was born into it. Though most of my siblings never caught the bug, I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t fascinated with horses and the people and cultures who used them.

My grandfather had a farm in Florida. He raised what he called “Indian ponies”. Smallish paints and pintos.

My father was a kid during WW2. Local farmers had mostly switched to tractors, but the gas rationing made them return to horse drawn equipment. My dad remembers helping with the teams.

When I was 6 years old, my grandfather gave us a 2 year old, green broke Shetland pony. I’ve never looked back. I haven’t always been able to have a horse, but I’ve usually found ways to be involved with them.
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post #26 of 27 Old 01-29-2020, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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From the time I can remember, horses were my top priority. It was the first word I learned to spell, at age 4. I drew them everywhere and wrote the word "horse" on everything.
Yes same! I was in the bathtub at age 4 and I used foam letters to spell the word "horse." It was my first word I had learned to spell. I write things like "I love horses" and "love showjumping" on foggy car windows etc now.
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post #27 of 27 Old 01-30-2020, 04:54 AM
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I can't remember a day in my life that I didn't want to be around horses. I would see hoof prints in the dirt and track them down just to go look at them.
My mom would take us to do trail rides and such and as my sister and I got older, she would drop us off at the stables. I would save up my allowance that I got for doing chores around the house and we would ride for hours. Back then it was $1.25 an hour to ride the trail horses. We would pack a lunch and be out there riding for about four hours at a time.

My sister became best friends with a girl who had a horse and then eventually had her own. She would let me ride when I did her horse chores for her but most of the time she would tell me no. I begged for a horse of my own for eternity it seemed. Finally my mom said that I could have one but I had to save my own money and then my allowance would go towards taking care of it. I agreed. It wasn't much longer that I came walking home with a horse in tow that me and my best friend acquired from the local humane society. Her older sister took part in this as we were too young to pull it off ourselves. I figured that I would be in trouble for doing this but didn't care and was ready for a fight to keep him. I was able to keep him. Hours and hours, days and days were spent on the back of this horse, it was just an amazing time in my life.

Eventually, I moved with my mom from Southern California to Minnesota and never did get another horse although I did have friends with horses and rode often.

25 years later my stepmom sent me a birthday card with a watercolor picture of horses grazing in a field and it brought forward the lifelong longing of having a horse again. I found a nice place to keep a horse and got my first horse as an adult. She was a beautiful chestnut saddlebred mare who was older and in need of a home. It wasn't long before she was retired from riding and I got my second horse. Now I have three and absolutely love having them in my life.

And now, it starts all over again.
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