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post #1 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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How old were you when you got your first horse?

How old were you when you got your first pony and horse? It’s every girls (and boys) dream to have a first horse....did you ever compete?
I am hoping to find my heart horse within the next 6 months.
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Horseyfever13 View Post
How old were you when you got your first pony and horse? Itís every girls (and boys) dream to have a first horse....did you ever compete?
I am hoping to find my heart horse within the next 6 months.
I was 11 when I first got my own mini. But, I also live on a farm so I didn't have to pay board, and my dad is a farmer, so hay came cheap. Never competed before. Best wishes on your quest, but I will say, it is a lot of work and money.

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 06:31 PM
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I was in my 30's. A 4 yo Arab gelding. He was a gift from a friend. Sadly he is gone. This is him as a 20-something senior.

I never competed on him, but I did on my next horse a 1/2 arab mare, who I had for 17 years (RIP):

and I currently compete on my 9 YO QH mare:

and have my filly in for training and will start competing on her next year:

You know when you get your horse, you have to post pix!
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 07:02 PM
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I got my first horse at age 12, for my 12th birthday. She was the sweetest, gentlest horse who ever stepped on this earth and she took such good care of me. She had an oops baby the next year which I broke and trained. How I loved her and that colt! We had to move far away, and my folks would not let me bring those horses to our new place. Too expensive.

Instead I got a green broke 4 year old pinto ranch horse trucked in to Maryland from Wyoming. I trained him hunter/jumper and competed on him until I went to college. He wasn't really hunter/jumper material so it was tough. The people in my 4-H helped me. He had more personality in one hoof than most horses have in their whole bodies. He was really something else, and I don't think anyone ever loved their horse more than I loved him. My folks made me sell him when I went to college, but I visited him and kept up with him until he was no longer rideable, then I bought him back (ironically enough, for the price I originally paid for him $300), and kept him in my pasture until he died.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 07:16 PM
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I was 18 yrs old when I got my first horse. I lived at the edge of a city and a neighbour let me fence a small field in the back of their property.
My gelding had a couple of bad habits, one was bucking and the other was running away, the bucking we sorted out as I managed to stay on him and as I had to ride out several miles on the roads to get to good riding trails, if he ran away it didn't bother me much, just meant we got where we were going a little faster. He did get over this after a while as I rode him many miles each time we went out.

That was about 60 years ago and I have never been without a horse since then.
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post #6 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 07:24 PM
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It was never my dream to own a horse - it simply didn't enter my sphere of consciousness. Then my wife and I planned a trip to Iceland, and the travel guide said, "Some areas can only be reached by horseback."

That was about 6 months before departure, so we signed up for some lessons to be able to do at least a walk/trot/canter ride.

I continued taking lessons, my wife found it more difficult to find instructors she got along with. In all actuality, she prefers the interaction on the ground, and she hates speed. Ultimately we ended up at a barn that offered trail and field riding lessons, and they took in a horse to polish and re-home. My wife fell in love with him, so BO gave him to her. That'd be Hamlet. It was a good deal - a free horse for my wife, and the commencement of boarding revenue for BO...much better than selling him off site.

So I still actually don't have my own horse, but I ride Hamlet a lot. My wife broke her shoulder falling off speed...and just recently found the courage to go back on him in the arena. I still think he's too much for her in the field. He's not a naughty horse, but sometimes he does need to be told, "Not right now...I'll tell you when you can run!" Since he's also a sensitive little fella, he needs to be told both with patience and firmness.

So anyway, I guess you could say I ended up with my own horse without going shopping for one, but with one that fate brought to the barn where we took lessons, about one year after thinking about horses for the first time and being ponied around on a Steady Eddy. That was at age 47.

I still enjoy leasing horses, too. This summer, when I didn't work regular hours in the office and had time for two horses, I leased my current BO's OTTB to help with his after-track training, taking lessons on him to teach him what he needs to learn, and take him out on trails to teach him the magic of uneven terrain, wildlife, and stream crossings.
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 07:50 PM
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I was eleven. I had wanted a horse since I was, oh, three. He was an elderly little sorrel gelding named Rusty, too decrepit to do much of anything. He died the next year, and I got another horse, a rather rank bay blanket Appaloosa. I had two sisters who also rode; altogether we had six in those few years although only three at any given time. I only had horses until I was sixteen as I left for college that summer. Except for the horses I was extremely unhappy at home and glad to get away (I graduated a year early so I could leave). Never owned another horse until I was fifty eight.

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post #8 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 08:02 PM
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I didn't get my first horse until I was 25 - it was worth the wait, though sometimes it didn't seem fair growing up when my Pony Club mates all had their own horses and I was always on a lease or borrowed horse. But Navigator is one of the best horses I've ever been around, so even tempered, so sweet and friendly, athletic and kind of good all around (jumping, dressage, trails, etc.). He's safe for more inexperienced or timid riders but is responsive enough for me to do dressage competitions with him. And being that he's a draft cross, he's a mix of my two favorite breeds (Shire and Thoroughbred). I'm ultra-nostalgic and missing him at the moment (been away from him for a month and a half) but I really do feel happy that he is my first horse, and I don't know if I'll ever have as nice an all around horse again.

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post #9 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 08:19 PM
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I got my first pony at age 11 but I think I was born loving horses. I used to gallop around on a stick horse at age two.

Anyway, at about 11yrs old I had been riding at a place with my friend who had a pony for a year. They raised Cream AQHA and Hafflingers. The owner also had about 20 horse and ponies that rode and drove, and he had a lot of horse drawn vehicles even a fire engine! He taught me how to ride and drive singles and teams.

Suddenly the town decided to take some of the stables property for a metro park and he got very angry with the town so sold the rest of the property and moved the entire place 30 miles out in the country.

While out riding one day I saw a bay pony tied up by the halter on a rope and knew that was wrong

My friend and I rode up to the house and asked if the pony was for sale; He was! So I asked the owner to ride him and he reluctantly got on the pony with just a halter. The pony promptly tossed him! This happened three times before the owner refused to get back on again.

Then I asked how much? the owner replied $125. I said too much I will give you $75 tomorrow. The owner agreed so the next day I gave him the money and tried to ride that pony back to the barn...he tossed me about 5 times throughout with some decent trotting in between before I gave up and walked the rest of the way

My mother was very angry at me when I returned home and told my family I had bought a pony. She told me (in no uncertain terms) I had to give the pony back

But when my dad drove me to the house the next weekend, the people were gone! The house was empty! My dad said they had probably just needed some money to relocate. (migrant workers?) They left a goat tied up so I walked it back to the farm while my dad followed me on the road.

Anyway, I got to keep the pony!!!

Over the next month that little pony broke my bridle at least three times after tossing me and running off. BUT he finally started working well and no longer looked like a pot-bellied llama! He turned into a very handsome deep red bay 13.2H pony. I enrolled in 4H and we showed in every class we could! From halter to barrels to jumping that little pony did it all

My friend had received her little black Shetland pony on Christmas morning and named her Pepsi. So keeping with the theme I named my pony Dr. Pepper aka "Doc". I loved that pony so very much.

Except for a few years while first married and in college, I have had at least one horse ever since.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-23-2018, 08:39 PM
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50. Yes, FIFTY. Which is also when I started riding for real, although I had a few lessons and sometimes snagged a ride visiting someone on a ranch in my late teens / early twenties. Didn't touch a horse between 25 & 50. At 50, I retired from the military, bought some horses, and took up riding...

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