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post #1 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Journey and a Hello!

Hello everyone! As you've probably guessed from the title, I'm a new member and am very excited to have joined the forum! A quick intro of me for those interested;

My name is Megan, a 20 year old Brazilian girl living in the USA. Ever since I was around 6 I've ridden horses on-and-off. Riding has always been my favorite sport/hobby besides drawing/animating. In 2008 however I had my first fall during a horse camping event. Ever since then I've been trying to get over my fears and get back to riding confidently. Despite my efforts, 5 years ago I had to go on a major hiatus from riding due to financial instability and the fact I was never in one place for too long. During this time I also found difficult to find a trainer that helped me regain my confidence to the point I lost some of my drive. I then decided to focus on my art and "forget" about riding...well, as you've probably guessed it one never forgets about this wonderful hobby haha! 4 weeks ago, I finally found my calling. I found a wonderful new trainer and barn that I can decently afford and have been riding once a week ever since. I even have hopes on competing or working with horses instead of being an animator like I once thought. I also (obviously) do not own my own horse yet, however I have goals of owning one in the future when I am ready both financially and as a rider! c:

Yeah... That's all about me. How about you guys? What are your stories? I'm so excited to meet you all and be part of this forum! Feel free to ask any questions too, I don't bite haha!

Thank you for reading and once again nice to meet you all!

-Megan/Kitsunering
P.S. Currently my riding level is a bit of a novice. Because of my fear I'm back on the basics to regain my confidence. My latest accomplishment was to jump/run over some floor cavalettis in the jumping position while trotting last weekend (woot woot ) ! Please feel free to give me any advice as well since I am new in a way c:
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 10:59 AM
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Welcome Kitsunering! What part of the US are you living in? What kind of riding are you doing??

I live in CA and have two horses & ride western. I had three, but lost my first horse a few years ago. He was 26 and I had him for 22 years. I used to trail ride on him. The horses I have now are: (1) my 17 yo 1/2 Arab mare (I have had her 16 years; she's in my avatar <----) that I did almost everything on - trail ride, arena shows, trail trials, obstacle/cowboy races, ranch horse shows & reined cowhorse. She is retired now for the most part but still has a lot of life left, so we may go do some obstacle/trail shows in the future.

(2) My other horse is a 7 yo AQHA mare; I've had her 5 years. We do a little trail riding, obstacle/cowboy racing, ranch horse shows, but mainly reined cowhorse. She LOVES LOVES LOVES bossing those cows around, LOL.

Only advice I have is that if you can get in somewhere that pays animators, I'd do that to fund your horse obsession since most horse jobs do not pay that that well. I always wanted to work with horses too, when I was younger, but am happy with my job that funds my keeping two horses and showing one. Unless you have a source of income that subsidizes your horse stuff, it is usually hard to make ends meet just on a horse job alone.

Again, welcome and I'm looking forward to hearing about your horse adventures!
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 11:09 AM
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Hello & welcome Kitsunering! Nice to meet you! :)

I'm 24 and from DE but I live in MD now. I ride English and currently leasing an OTTB Chestnut named Redz! I have a similar story, up until 2mos ago, I had to take a break from riding for about 5 years myself because of college/work. Feels so great to be back in the saddle, doesn't it?! That's great you found a reasonably priced barn and lessons! Can't wait to see how your journey goes. You will get the hang of it again! Took me like...a month to wear my half chaps rightside out! LOL, I had them on wrong for a month. How's the horse you're currently riding? I hope to see pictures soon!
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 11:20 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I'm an older woman with a hubby who also enjoys riding. We have 4 horses, 2 TWHs and 2 minis, all rescues who keep us young at heart. We enjoy trail riding, working cattle, and laughing at our horses' silly antics, Hubby still competes in jackpot roping for fun and I love to jump our mare but have no desire to compete like I once did.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 11:48 AM
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Welcome to the forum Megan!

I'm in my mid fifties and have been crazy about horses all my life. I've always been lucky that I had horses available even when I was your age and not in a position to own one myself. Had a pony as a kid then went without until I was 24 and haven't been horseless since. I enjoy trail riding the most.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-09-2016, 12:30 PM
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'welcome'

you'll get your confidence back. it doesn't leave, it just goes deep inside you, so you have to lure it out.

don't give up the idea of being an animator. especially if you can do it digitally. it is a good job and you'll need that.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-10-2016, 11:22 AM
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'welcome'

you'll get your confidence back. it doesn't leave, it just goes deep inside you, so you have to lure it out.

don't give up the idea of being an animator. especially if you can do it digitally. it is a good job and you'll need that.
Tiny, that is an excellent description!

Welcome to the forum! And I'll second the suggestion to keep your animation skills sharp. That is an in demand skill right now. You can easily pursue that while you build your confidence and skills with horses. Remember, a job makes money for you to spend as you please. (Horses for instance!) Horses eat your money.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-14-2016, 09:32 PM
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Hi! Im new to the forum as well!

I've always loved horses too, and have always wanted one since I was real young. My parents finally let me do a short two week riding class when I was 8, that involved both "barn experience" and "classroom learning". After that, there was no turning back :P

I did another little program a year later, but didn't get to start riding regularly until I was about 12. Those first two summers, did give me some time in the saddle though, so I had a little experience under my belt and had a little more confidence than most new riders I guess.

Now I've been riding only about once a week for the past 4 or 5 years, and am learning to jump, and I'm hopefully on my way to becoming an eventer :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-23-2016, 10:02 AM
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Hi Megan! Like you, I had a situation where I lost my confidence and took a break from riding. I didn't have a fall, but I adopted my first horse and he turned out to be a terrible fit for me. I couldn't control him and I felt like there was a good chance I would end up falling. I only had him for three months and he completely killed my confidence. That was about two years ago. Earlier this year I decided that although it was still scary for me, I really missed the joy and peace I got from riding and wanted to recapture that. Before the first horse debacle, I had leased a horse for over a year and considered doing that again, but ultimately I decided to take the plunge and get a horse of my own. It's been three and a half months since then and so far so good. :)

I'm glad you found a new place where you can ride again and start rebuilding your confidence. The more good experiences you have, the more it will return.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-23-2016, 10:05 AM
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Kudos to you for going back to the basics and facing your fears. Getting back in the saddle isn't as simple as hopping on a horse, us horse people surely understand that more than most. I look forward to hearing about your adventures!
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