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post #1 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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So it's taken me a lot of strength and backbone against adversity to get this point; Life has been considerably tough to this point - But I am working through things.

I was led around on a horse when I was 6 years old at my father's friends farm and this was a regular occurance over a four-year period; My father then got sick and passed away - Lost in contact with his mate.

Several occurances in life got in the way of chasing something I often overlooked because I lost belief I could; That was horse riding.

I suffer from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety and all three of which keep me on my toes fairly often however getting on a horse has been the most therapeutic and relieving thing I've experienced in quite a long time.

I hid away for a point in time; became nearly reclusive, not many friends and it got to the point where I lost ability to be social - I am now 29 and Life has passed me by.

What I've learned? I guess a lifetime is a very long time; The struggles I have dealt with are just ongoing and ongoing and ongoing and just seemed like eternity but it's not and it wasn't.

Not to go off topic purposely but if anyone does suffer from something causing low mood just remember you are probably physically healthy and don't over-think your sadness - If you have a bad day, don't push yourself in the first instance.

I've had three weeks worth of lessons so far and I've loved every minute of it; I've also helped out at the stables which fills my time nicely and I enjoy being in the environment.

I hope to gain knowledge from reading this forum but also getting to know people; Their rider level and just their whole story of their passion and perseverance.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 11:49 AM
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welcome! not much to say not, as I'm kinda busy, but just to let you know that you are welcome here.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 01:08 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum:)

I hope you continue your lessons and working at the stable.

As someone who is not sure how I got from from 29 to 70 so fast, I can safely say you still have a lot of time to accomplish what you want:)

I have always had horses in my life --- they have kept me sane thru times of personal tragedy.

Keep us updated on your lesson progress:)
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 02:42 PM
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Welcome! I can second Walkinthewalk's comment! While I can remember feeling 'old' at 22, and 30, and 40...what I wouldn't give to go back and tell that younger me that I had so much life to live still (at the ripe old age of 47!) I now keep reminding myself that there is still plenty of life left, and I started that by getting my dream horse a few months ago. My clydesdale mare and I are taking lessons from a wonderful, positive trainer, and I couldn't be happier! (and in fact, am much happier than when I was 22, 33, and 40). Congratulations on your fresh start, best of luck with your horse loving adventure!! Remember to always make time for YOU, and your passions. Because before you know it, you'll be 69 instead of 29!!! Be a 69-year-old with tons of horse stories :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 06:06 PM
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Welcome! I'm sorry you've had so much adversity in life, but horses are great therapy! I'm glad you've decided to take the plunge. It's never too late! I grew up with horses, but then didn't have any for many years because other things always came first. I'm 46 now, and have two beautiful horses to look after. It is certainly a big lifestyle adjustment because you can't be just a little bit into horses. But I love every minute of it! In fact, this is the happiest I've been in my entire life. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with horses.

Do tell us what you're learning in your lessons!
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 07:16 PM
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If I didn't have horses in my life right now and ride almost everyday, I would be in deep turmoil. I have something horrible and tragic happening with a loved one and I am the primary caregiver, those horses keep me grounded and level and positive. Carry on with the lessons, volunteer at the barn, somehow those equines have the magic cure.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-15-2017, 08:42 PM
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Welcome! Horses are 'in the moment' animals, who don't dwell on past or future like us - they just give us, and take from us whatever there is at the time. I reckon it's a great 'leaf' to take from their 'books'. To really 'be there' with them puts it all back into a better perspective sometimes... Enjoy!
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