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9/14/09 9:29 P

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Yeah, it is fun so far and nice to realize what I should be doing while riding, lol that I didnt really think of before. Tomorrow is my next lesson and Im looking forward to it. Ive owned 4 horses to date and am down to one. I owned my first mare for 1o yrs, a now 23 yr old Arabian mare, I sold her this past august to a 15 yr old girl that wants to show and ride with her mom. Very nice home! I also owned a now 19 yr old grade Arabian mare who I owned for 8 years that I sold to an older lady who wanted a shorter trail mare. The lady and her husband bred Percherons, lol. I also own and still own my gelding that Ive raised from birth. I also owned a now 8 yr old Pinto mare that I had for about a year and had trained and then sold, I got her for training some horses for my aunt. So it is kind of wierd to be down to one horse, but nice expense wise! Lol

As far as horse people in my family, my immeadiate family I am the horse person, but my aunt also owns horses and my grandpa used to own horses also. My best friend has horses too so it works out.
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9/14/09 8:50 P

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I too am the only one in my family who loves horses. Funny how that works! Though I didn't have any formal lessons until last year, I did have the opportunity to go to day camps to learn about horse care and general riding etiquette and safety. I learned alot that way. I also had friends who were more than happy to help once I got a horse of my own. That wasn't until I was 17 (I'm 29 now). God bless friends at the barn! :) I did a lot of research and read a lot of books too. Then there's always trial and error. My first gelding was extremely understanding. lol. I ended up having to add him into one of my books (I'm a fantasy writer) as a way to remember him. I ended up selling him, because life got in the way. The gelding I jump with now replaced him. Apache is stuck with me until one of us goes. =)

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9/14/09 5:21 P

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I've been riding around 40 years and I still like to take lessons from time to time just to keep myself tuned up. :-)

HeathHill - I was the only one in my family who liked horses also but I was lucky enough that my parents decided to indulge in my obsession. And I was (and still am) obsessed with horses. LOL My parents thought I would get sick of them after I had to start taking care of one. Boy were they wrong! So I was very, very lucky to be able to start riding at a real young age.

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9/14/09 8:27 A

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I'm amazed that you own horses, yet haven't had lessons!! I guess that's because I've off and on taken lessons throughout my life, but have never owned a horse! Just goes to show you that there are lots of different ways to enjoy our horses.

I was the only one in my family who liked horses, and could never convince my parents to get me one, so the only way to ride was to take lessons. And only recently have I been able to lease again.

I hope you have a lot of fun learning new things. I love to learn new things!!!

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9/13/09 3:52 P

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I started taking regular riding lessons about a year ago with a gelding I've owned for 9 years. We are learning to jump. There was a time when I wouldn't gallop down the trail on him for fear of losing control. No more! We've come so far together. Taking a 12 year old trail horse into the show ring has been, and still is, an interesting experience. We're learning alot and both of us have more confidence. Good choice taking lessons. There's so much to learn, even if you've been riding for years! Good luck to you and your gelding!

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9/13/09 10:57 A

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WooHoo!! You will have a lot of fun. I used to show many years ago. Now I just want to camp and trail ride. :-)

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9/12/09 1:50 P

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Well for the first time since owning horses I am now taking riding lessons! Lol after 10 yrs! My gelding is a 4 yr old Half Arabian and we are going to learn how to show western and maybe english after that. Ive done all of Bookers training so far. He did really well today! :) Im looking forward to learning more with him!


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