Let's get to know everyone's horsey experiences!

Sheryl - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I thought that it would be a good thing to get to know everyones horsey knowedge, etc....

Let's start with me then, I worked with horses for over 10 years. I worked with many different types of horse and pony alike! From driving ponies(competing them too, and breaking them in),shire horses (competing driving,in hand and ridden), stunt horses ( medeival jousting, I had to ride side saddle!), riding school while training to become an instructor and a cometition groom with show jumpers,dressage and hunters. I gave up the equestrian life when my son was 2 and I have missed it ever since! i always tell people that horses is not a hobby, it's a life style. I still own a pony, a mini Shetland called Teddy ( Kempton Hot Lava Java) who my mum looks after at the moment until I can find lodgins good enough for him, so he is living the good life on a yard full of international showjumping stallions.

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Heather - posted on 03/03/2013

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Absolutely none! I rode on my aunt's farm as a child and that was about it! Now my daughter is crazy about horses. I decided to inform myself on all breeds and everything I could. Then when she turned 8, I bought us a stable with an arena and stalls and everything and bought my husband and I a couple horses. Once she turned 9 I decided she needed her own horse so she got a fat little paint pony. Since then we've expanded from 3 nags to 16 horses of different disciplines, ages and breeds. I personally am a dressage rider, I've been doing dressage for 4 years. My husband is a rodeo rider and is determined to train all our horses to cut cattle (which I am totally opposed to!!!) and my daughter is a 1.15m jumper. I hope to start showing dressage with a new Friesian stallion this summer and get my daughter showing 1.20m +. We still have her old pony and our first horses, who are all living happily in retirement. Lots of walks and treats for them! Since I bought my first horse, I definitely see why little girls fall in love with these creatures so easily!!!

Beth - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hi! I certainly don't have as much experience as you and have always admired the stunt horse riders. I have been taking lessons in hunt seat/jumper/dressage for about 8 years. I have competed in small, local shows and have held my own. I have leased horses, but haven't had the financial freedom to own one yet. Hopefully in the next two to three years. I want to move on in my experience and try to start training horses. I did ride until I was 7 months pregnant and then started to learn how to drive a mini. That only lasted for a short time as I had to go on bed rest toward the end. I took a year off and as of yesterday, I started my lessons again. It felt great to be back in the saddle even though I am paying for it today. :) Horses are a lifestyle and I am sooooo happy to have at least one day a week with them. I hope for you that one day you will be able to return to it. I know how much I missed it.

Delia - posted on 05/24/2010

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What a great idea! Before my son was born I had been running a boarding/training stable for about 8 years. I have spent a large amount of my training time working with X racehorses both TB's and SB's retraining them for pleasure horses. I also have experience working with 2 horse draft teams. Before my "break" I had been showing in Halter,Hunter, Western, and some lower level Dressage with my Appaloosas. After a 3 year hyatis I hope to start showing again next season. I plan on trying something new, reining. I currently have 5 horses, 3 Apps, 1 QH and a Colorado Ranger Horse.

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