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March 2, 2011
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September 7, 2010
Hi, we are also "horse folks"! We have a team of mules (which I surprised my husband with on his 60th birthday last year), one senior citizen pony (which belongs to my granddaughter), one Belgium mare, an eleven year old which a neighbor recently gave to my husband (the neighbor was told the mare had allergies and needed expensive treatments). My husband has determined that she has a very extreme case of lice which he has been treating for over a week now. She is very much improved. Sadly there are not always good vets out there. We also have two TW five year old mares (my husband has broke both to ride) and one Standard bred gelding. The gelding was sort of a rescue. Two years ago a neighbor was not feeding him properly. My husband wanted to know if he was for sell or trade. He traded a old chainsaw he had for the gelding. "Buddy" is a very healthy, gentle, kid-broke horse which my 4 year old grandson loves. Isn't life funny.
My husband and I have been raised with horses, mules, ponies, etc., all our lives. We have continued our love of animals with our children and now our grandchildren.
We also have three dogs, two cats and 20 chickens. I would have a milk cow, if I could only talk my husband into one. No such luck so far.
We enjoy trail rides and are looking forward to wagon rides with the mules, if my husband can ever finish rebuilding his wagon. LOL I can't imagine any other way of life for us.
September 16, 2010
I grew up with horses and learned to ride before I could walk. I showed horses a lot when I was a kid and appaloosas were my favorite. I dropped out of college for a year and lived in California and managed the stable at a new horse-property development in the mountains. I lived in a tiny one room apartment in the barn loft. It was a horse crazy 20-year-old's dream come true. Then real life got in the way. I don't have horses now but still sneak a ride here and there on friends' horses.
January 6, 2009
I too am a horse person. I have always wanted a horse and four years ago my DH surprised me with Jasper. Jasper was a three year old green broke QH gelding. My DH had been sneaking around with my BF and another lady looking at horses for me and found him. They weren't too sure about him, but my DH thought he was the ONE and against their advice took me to see him. He was right! It was love at first sight. Jasper walked over to me and laid his head on my shoulder. We took him home that night.
We recently bought and moved to our new farm and I couldn't have Jasper be lonely, so I convinced my DH that we needed another horse to keep him company. I had seen a beautiful white mare on a local rescue website (the same one that Suzanne used) last May, but I wasn't at the farm yet so I missed her. Well, wouldn't you know it they folks that adopted her sent her back in November which was perfect. I contacted Tinia and went that weekend to look at Kate in person. Whatever issued the former adopters had I haven't seen. She rides great! She is a QH/Arabian cross and is about 10-12 years old. Tinia saved her from the slaughter auction in Cattlesburg, KY.
I am a very casual rider. We ride around the field and do trail rides. I am a hit with the neighborhood kids because after I ride I lead them around on Kate and Jasper. This is Jasper's favorite thing to do I love my horsie babies!
We have Tn Walkers that we trail ride but we used to show years ago. We have also drove Mini's which I loved doing roadster with them. I loved the speed but for the life of me am scared to canter on a big horse. I just want to walk! We have too many to count (20) with 2 new babies this year. I finally have my black and white's after years of just plain ole black. We are so attached to them most will follow us like dogs.
March 2, 2011
We have my kids' pony, Annie, who's 24 years old and absolutely wonderful with them. Then there's Tony the Chincoteague Pony, who's green-broke and coming along nicely; and my Paint mare who I've finally decided to re-home. She's a nice trail horse and was shown as a hunter for a year by a teen 4-H'er before I got her, but it's just one of those cases where we need to go our separate ways--it happens with people and horses who aren't perfectly matched! I wish I had the time to work with both her and Tony, but I don't… too much else going on. I'm in PA, in case anyone out there is seeking a nice mare!
March 3, 2011
I'm another of the horsey people. I rode often as a kid and young adult but then life happened. Now, many years later, I have horses again and this time with 2 acres I can keep them in the backyard. Woohoo! Gabe was given to me last summer – he's a Peruvian Paso, and I bought Tate from a bad situation (100+ pounds underweight) in the early fall so Gabe would have company. Tate's former owner dubbed him a quarter horse but he's not ~~~ saddlebred cross is my guess. He's a sweetheart and no matter what he is, I'm keeping him! My youngest daughter lays claim to Gabe these days and we do a little riding together. Tate sat basically untouched for a long time so he needs more work before he can go outside of our little fenced area. I've had him out a few times and he's pretty tough to control. Not mean, just has a go button and wants most of all to go home! He's a gem on the ground but not so much in the saddle. I have a young friend helping with him and hope to turn that around soon. In the meantime, I am content to feed and groom and just hang out with my boys.
March 2, 2012
Hi from south Texas! I am also a horse-nut. I've always been horse crazy, got my first pony at 10, then a horse when I was 15.. There have been times in my life without a horse but, now I own a beautiful, smart Rocky Mountain mare and a Tennessee Walking mare. I trail ride and camp only. I would love someday to do endurance riding, but work too much to have the time to train and travel.
March 21, 2010
I'm horse crazy too. We have 5 paints that we use horse camping and trail riding. Just finally got to horsecamp for the first time this year the weekend before last and it was wonderful. It's hard to get away. We are working on our livingroom and diningroom, just got a new puppy and I have to have somebody to give my old mare her medicine everyday if both my husband and I go at the same time. Soon work will be done in the house, we can take the pup with us, and I'm sure I can find somebody to help with the horses left at home. Now if this heat would just break I may be able to get back in the saddle again soon. I HOPE!!!!!!
April 10, 2012
Another horsey gal here. Spent much of my childhood helping out around stables to earn time in the saddle, but a bolting hunter at the age of 10 broke my nerve……took until I was in my 30s and the encouragement of my best friends to get me back in the saddle. I was just confident over small jumps when an accident at work injured my back and I was (briefly) in a wheelchair. Once I was back on my feet, over a year before I was allowed to ride and the nerve damage I'm left with had wreched my balance and strength. With much more help from my friends and in particular a pied cob called Merlin I built up over the next 2 years to work towards a dream, 10 days trail riding through the mountains of Andalusia on pure-bred Spanish horses! I haven't got enough time to devote to my own horse, but ride regularly on my friends' horses, western and english style, enjoy natural horsemanship games and am helping to back and bring on their youngsters. I'll never be fast or brave, but can't think of anything better than a ride out with my friends or just a day spent helping out with the horses
September 2, 2008
August 20, 2008
I am horsey. I've had horses for 46 years now. We live on a cattle ranch. Our remuda is down from 22 to 6. Two Quarter horses, one Arabian, and three ponies that drive, (welsh, shetland and a welara)
Here's my horse blog although it's got other stuff on it too.
July 4, 2011
I'm another horsey girl in Northern California. I have 2 paso fino mares and love to explore the trails and camp. There are so many beautiful places to see on horseback!! I started riding at age 61 and got horses at 65 so I'm a newbie for sure and I'm covering a lot of miles since I don't have so many years left to enjoy! My little mare is a goer and that suits me just fine! No one can keep up with this old timer!
May 31, 2012
I have never been on a horse, but it is on my bucket list. Anyone in the middle of SC with an old grey mare??
No old grey mare, but we have an old gelding and a bit younger gelding. :-) Where are you in the state? We're in Lancaster Co. I tried to contact you about going together to the retreat but couldn't figure out how to pm in this forum. I know now, though. :-)
May 31, 2012
With all of Suzanne's posts about getting into horses lately (yay, Suzanne!), I've been wondering how many riders (or drivers) there are on the CITR Forum. I'm a horse person… anyone else? Tell us a little about your horses and what you enjoy doing with them!
I've had horses since I was a kid. When Bob and I married and moved to the farm in SC, we started with quarter horses and Western pleasure riding, then moved to thoroughbreds and fox hunting with hounds in established hunts near Tryon, NC.
Now we are down to two horses (our horses are older; we lost two this past year, which was hard) and we probably won't get any more once they're gone. They are happy to be retired and look pretty in our pasture. I'm finished riding for now and am on to other things.
Now, with retirement looming in the horizon, my husband is thinking of getting a few beef which, I told him years ago, he must wait to get when he's home all the time to do the "chasing" as they are notorious for escaping their confines.
October 2, 2012
I'm glad to see other horsey folks out there! I don't remember a time not knowing how to ride. The DH & I have started a farm and boy what a difference for the kids! I've missed this kind of life and seeing the stars at night does my heart more good than a short commute ever could. I guess I'm a little different from most other horse folks because my horses earn their living and never really retire but they seem to enjoy life and my family enjoys the lifestyle we share. Our farm owned horses include a standardbred, arab, qh, shire, tb/apha and we recently lost our haflinger. Horses and farm animals in general bring something wholesome back into our lives that people shouldn't miss experiencing.
Can't wait to add some chickens to the mix in the spring! What types of chicken have other folks here in southern Virginia had luck with?
June 7, 2011
I am horsey once removed.
I learned to ride very young. My mom had a friend with two horses that the friends didn't have time to ride. Every weekend we would ride their horses for hours on end. I learned basic horse care and barn chores by age 7. It was a great time in my life and some of my best childhood memories were on Lady. We rode through the mountain, raced on the farm roads and swam across small rivers, which was quite exciting for a young girl.
My life and dreams revolved around all things horse. I was luccky enough to go to horse camp and then later, as a teen, to take private English lessons.
My parents got horses of their own after I moved out and later bought a farm, built a new stable and kept varying number of horses over the years. My dad and uncle (really a cousin of my mom's) had a retirement sideline business training horses.
Suzanne's stories about her horse journey make me smile as my mom had many of the same struggles. I warned her about instant horse love when visiting the rescue! My mom acquired a crazy Arabian that way.
March 17, 2012
I am still horsey people in my heart although I don't have any right now. I grew up in the horse business. Showed everything from Quarter Horses (cutting and dry stock) to Arabians, to Gaited Horses and Walkers.
I used to ride over to visit my friends rather than having mother drive me, LOL. By the time I was 14 I had 4 horses in training and over 30 riding students. I showed from Coast to Coast and up into Canada. Most of my life was horses. I hope to be able someday to have the pleasure of having horse friends again. I miss them!
In the meantime, I was happy to read all your horsey stories. Thank you for sharing!
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