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post #21 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 03:50 PM
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I have loved horses ever since I knew what a horse was. Maybe 5 years old, maybe younger. I didn't grow up in a horsey family so I didn't actually get a live horse until I was about 17. Until then I collected Breyers and pretended they were real.

My thing is trail riding. I love nature and have a very strong desire to spend as much time out in nature as I can. Kind of like the book "The Call of the Wild" where the dog Buck is drawn to go out and live with the wolves? I feel "the call of the wild" to be out in the woods and see the animals and enjoy the clouds and see God's beauty. I actually get depressed if I can't ride. And cranky! Sometimes I don't even realize what is wrong. Why am I so down? And then I realize it, oh yeah, I haven't ridden for a week!

So it's very much about being out in nature and spending time with my best friend (my horse!). Kind of like taking a stroll with your dog, only bigger and better! I know it sounds corny to many horse people, but I want my horse to be my best friend and trail buddy.

When I ended up re-homing my first foal (at 8 years of age) because he was too much horse for me and I had riding anxiety from riding out his spooks, I contemplated what would happen if my current trail horse went lame or died. Would I ever be able to find another horse to trust? What if I didn't? Could I get the same feeling hiking or with a bicycle? I even sat on a bicycle at the store......I hadn't been on one in probably 30 years. It felt so weird! The appeal of the bicycle is that I could get trail time every day if I wanted and not feel like I am overworking my horse (I like to give her a day between rides if I can) and bicycles don't eat and they are cheap, so I could get one for under $200 and it could sit in the garage for months if I didn't use it. But it just didn't feel like "home" so I didn't buy one. I will keep on with my one lovely horse and hope she holds up and pray that if I ever need another to come along, I can find a good one.

Am I the only one that feels afraid that if the loose their main mount they may never find another one? I know logically that doesn't make sense, but I do tend to feel that way. That horses will go up in price and I won't be able to afford one, or I won't be able to find a safe horse or a sound horse.

If I ever get to where I can't ride I would still love to have one as a pet, just to love on. But then I also think that if I'm not able bodied enough to ride, I will probably not be able bodied enough to take care of a horse either. Because compared to moving hay and picking up manure, riding is the easy part! But I just am in awe of horses and always have been. But I also have a strong desire to be out in nature. So love of horses + strong desire to be out in nature = trail riding.
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post #22 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 06:55 PM
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This love of horses is a disease and there is no cure for it.
I was brought up in a city and I loved horses all my life, as a toddler I could be found following the delivery horses down the street. I read every book I could about horses, training and looking after.
My education goal was to finish school, get a job, get a horse and that's just what I did. I learned to ride just by getting on a horse and going somewhere, living on the edge of a city there was lots of traffic but I never thought about this at all. All our horses were well traffic broke.
Over the years I have ridden many, many horses quite a few of them bad actors as they were the most readily available to me, I learned a lot by experience both good and bad.

I have had horses now for 60 years and am 78 years old and just now am starting with a new horse that we have on trial pre-purchase. He
is a lovely quarter horse gelding and I do like him. I am also working with a nice mare that my niece bought about 6 weeks ago and we are coming along pretty well.

I guess I just love riding, working with new horses, finding out about them and how they function under certain circumstances. You can never stop learning.

I've been called "Horse Crazy" but I don't mind, better than just Crazy.
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post #23 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 08:00 PM
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I hear you @trailhorserider . I was fortunate enough though to have my main draftie before I found a home for my main saddle mare. Due to her age she couldn't go to just any home and I had her initially with a friend that would have cared for her until the end but a sweet, sweet handicapped child with parents willing to put in the time, money and effort to support their daughter's dream to have a horse to hug gave her a forever home. I pray that even if I wind up unable to ride or drive that I still have horses to hug and someone willing to lend the hand needed for any care I can't handle. Speaking to worry about finding my next - IME they always have a way of finding you it seems. They wait for the right time and just appear.
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post #24 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 08:17 PM
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What a great thread @waresbear

I have an addiction, and it's not one I care to quit. It doesn't help that I'm frugal so I can afford it!

That's the basics of it, then I also enjoy the training, care, exercise/riding... Like others I just love horses. I think I would pick apart and slowly torture and destroy myself without them, dark, but true.
I can go without owning for some time as long as I ask a friend if I can ride theirs, but as long as I can afford it ownership I will own one.

One of mine is a "rescue" more or less, who I got after the first horse passed. I was ready for another. The other is one I broke, trained, and ride now. He does lessons and shows!

I also grew up with model horses, studying books and pictures, and drawing them too. I can't stop thinking about them, so I don't! This is why I love horseforum so much!
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post #25 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 09:06 PM
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What a great thread @waresbear

I have an addiction, and it's not one I care to quit. It doesn't help that I'm frugal so I can afford it!

That's the basics of it, then I also enjoy the training, care, exercise/riding... Like others I just love horses. I think I would pick apart and slowly torture and destroy myself without them, dark, but true.
I can go without owning for some time as long as I ask a friend if I can ride theirs, but as long as I can afford it ownership I will own one.

One of mine is a "rescue" more or less, who I got after the first horse passed. I was ready for another. The other is one I broke, trained, and ride now. He does lessons and shows!

I also grew up with model horses, studying books and pictures, and drawing them too. I can't stop thinking about them, so I don't! This is why I love horseforum so much!
I love it. Can relate so much to all these replies, it's awesome.
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post #26 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 10:16 PM
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Horses have always been my passion. I love everything about them, and take joy in how horses can heal people, and make a person humble. Horses teach patience, forgiveness, and understanding. There is a partnership involved when owning a horse, and a unique bond can be formed. I love watching how horses interact with each other and how they perceive the world around them. Horses teach hard work, and how when you work together with a horse, it like you are in sync, and moving as one. I got into ownership because I always wanted a horse (well I own a pony, but a pony is just a small horse lol!) I love the work that it is involved with caring for one, and how much there is to learn and do, and how, no matter what you are always learning and growing.


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post #27 of 45 Old 06-09-2019, 11:49 PM
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I think all of us here suffer from a little OHD (obsessive horse disorder) lol

But actually, like all of y'all said, I just have horses because I love them SO much and can't imagine a life without them
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post #28 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 08:46 AM
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I ride them and I love them and sometimes I show them and sometimes they sit in the pasture and sometimes I haul them out and sometimes I just love on them... well... always I love on them.
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post #29 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 08:59 AM
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When I ride, I am young again. My first time sitting on a horse I was 18 months old and became immediately horse crazy. I don't need to compete to feel a sense of accomplishment. I just try to always become better. Having a horse, being with her, riding her, takes the world away for awhile.
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post #30 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 11:06 AM
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To be honest, I'm not really a horse addict. We got horses for my wife and daughter. 11 years later, my wife rarely rides and my daughter is in the military. I like riding but really don't care for riding alone...which is about the only way I'll be able to ride now.

Trooper and Cowboy are in their 20s. They are likely to be lawn ornaments without the lawn. Too many years of service to sell them but no real use for them, either. Both are content to live in a corral and both seem the sort who can go a year without riding without missing a step when you do. They aren't thrilled about being ridden, but they don't mind it either.

Bandit is 11. I'm working on getting him comfortable with riding out alone. He needs to be ridden or nervous energy will build up - and we don't have anyone to ride with us anymore. I probably ought to sell him to someone who will spend the next 10-15 years looking forward to riding. But a lot of riders here are of the "Get a Bigger Whip" mentality. That doesn't seem fair to a horse who knows his own mind and likes to use it.

All three have less than ideal pasts. Cowboy had at least 6 previous owners and is terrified of round pens and arena riding. Don't know what happened. Trooper still has scars on his sides from where an idiot in Colorado spurred him viciously. Bandit did 10-15 mile legs of endurance relay racing with 250-300 lbs on his back - pretty tough for an 850 lb horse!

I enjoy being around horses but we'd like to be able to travel and hike more. Tough to find someone to care for the horses for a week. I'd really miss Bandit, but he'd be better off with someone who would ride him more. I suspect though that much of their future life will look like this:

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