I remember the other 60's thread was short-lived.
I hope this one will take off.
I will be 69 this year and am one of the fortunate few to have been around/on horses my entire life. I was a pre-schooler when I got my first sit-up-there on dad's very kind work mare.
I was 12 when I bought and paid for my first horse. To even the Seller's surprise, she was preggars. That colt was my first, on the farm, to raise, train and keep for myself. Busted my butt working a d to keep grades up, so the mare and colt wouldn't get sold.
He was 29 and I was 42 when I laid him to rest with cancer. I was so crushed, I went a year without a horse. I did get back to riding a year later and have had horses, non-stop, ever since.
I have recently laid my 27 & 29 yr olds to rest, leaving me with my babies who are 20 and 21.
Due to old injuries catching up to me, I haven't been able to trail ride since 2007, so when these two are laid to rest, it will be the end of an era. At least that is my plan, the vet, her assistant, and the office manager all think they will deliver me a couple of their pasture horses for me to play with on a free lease. I dunno, I am fast wearing out from stall mucking, but their confidence in me is very flattering.
To the new and re-riders, my best advice is to realize it is 't always about the riding. For everything I have learned thru the years, I am learning so much more about my horses from the ground. Like how they really are like a family of children - each with something exceptional to offer, when given the chance.
Ground work does not have to always be formal lessons in the round pen. Just taking the horse for a walk and letting it explore/smell old and new surroundings is a lesson.
The more confident the human, the less spooky the horse. Some horses have more spook to them than others but, it can be reduced greatly, if the handler is confident and fair-minded. TJ.
I hope this thread stays active. I think it's a great idea