My Story, + question
Hi, I am Sarah and 17 years old. I had this account because of my past horse, Sweetie. I attempted to login to this account, and it's still here. So here's my(lame and super long) story. Thank you for anybody who has the time to read this.:
I have always wanted a horse ever since I was little. I collected toy horses, posters, shirts, etc. I was a horsecrazy girl. It wasn't a phase as it stuck to me. I have never taken riding lessons, since they were all far away.
Finally when I was 10 ish, my dad said that we are able to have a horse on our 1 acre property. It took my dad a long time to get the place ready, he takes a long time since he has multiple projects. I was probably 12 by then.
My grandma had a friend who knew a friend who owned a tb breeding farm. The man knew seabiscuit, and he bred tb racehorses for a living. He gave us a free offer on a 12 year old tb broodmare and retired racehorse. Although she was never ridden after that, but she had a "sweet" disposition, but I was dumb and assumed I could train her easy. I jumped at the offer and snatched it immediately. I get really stupid when I wait for so long. I wish I was less naïve back then, and reject the offer and wait for a trained riding horse.
Well, we went to the place and saw Sweetie. I was really excited and happy, but I wasn't crying excited. My grandma's friend who recommended the breeder offered to keep Sweetie at his place until our property was ready. The breeder said that we should drive ahead to the place, while they load Sweetie up. Little did we know that Sweetie was a terrible loader. Once she was there, we let here settle down.
I visited Sweetie often and had time to bond with her. She let me brush her while she ate, etc. She wasn't wild, but she had a stubborn attitude sometimes. Although she was friendly, she was headstrong and spirited.
When the time came, we bought a trailer. Then we tried to load her. she would snort really loud and get uncontrollable. She would pull and make a huge mess. We went back home with no horse, and I cried. I want to slap my younger self for getting into this mess.
We payed to get a man to load the horse forcefully into the trailer. It worked, but it made Sweetie even more fearful of the trailer.
Once we had her, I trained her as best as I could, but slowly. She was just too headstrong, and needed a professional trainer. We realized this is not the right horse, and my dad said that we will train her to a certain extent and then sell her. I was able to saddle her, but she HATED the girth. I didn't have a bridle yet, so I didn't have a chance to train her to get used to it. We had her for about 3-4 years. My dad decided that this is it, and we sold her to 2 ladies who would train her to ride gymkhana. I never heard from them again, but at least she wasn't in a slaughterhouse. I was hoping to get another horse after that, but my dad said this is it, and I cried myself to death at the horrible news.
Looking back at this, I wish I could go in time and replace Sweetie with a well-trained rideable horse. I hate my younger self for being so naïve, stupid, and impatient.
Now that I am wiser at 16, I decided to take riding lessons. I'm glad I did, but here's my next question. Its separate, as I copy and pasted it from another website:
I have been taking once a week horseback riding lessons for about 7 months now. I am really having fun, and learning fast, and I will have my first show this year. The place I ride at is a big show park with lots of huge arenas, and has lots of shows. Its also about 10-15 mins from my house. The problem is, that I am not pursuing what I really want to do. Of course I am happy that I am at least riding. What I want to do is to ride through trails, fields, and do more fun stuff. I want to ride on a beach one day. Learn to ride bareback. Go and just ride whenever I want to, which would be quite often. My barn has no trails. But however there is another riding place that is a little further, which I was originally going to ride. I was also originally going to take lessons and half-lease a horse there. The place also has trails near the Sac river. Is it possible to ride at 2 different barns? I have a really good instructor at my barn, and I don't want to leave her, but I still want to have free riding time with a quarter/half lease horse.