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Old 11-14-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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Does anyone else ride?
Horses, that is!

I'm realizing a life-long dream and I'm taking lessons for the first time in my life (I'm forty eleven )

Long story short: I was the kid caught during math class reading Black Beauty under my desk, the girl who's every art project featured horses, who had the nickname "Mrs. Ed.

I wanted to learn to ride desperately but I was a city kid and my mom said, "Do you have any idea how much riding lessons are around here?" and that was the end of that.

I think I carried that around for most of my life and so I never learned.

Fast forward to the here and now when the opportunity to put my dd in lessons presents itself and I'm sitting and watching her learn and thinking, "I can do that too!"

So I schedule a lesson for myself and man, am I loving it!

If you are interested in my horsey adventures check out my blog under my signature.

There are no pictures of my riding yet cause I'm the photographer but there are lots of pictures of my dd.

Let me know what you think and then let's share!

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Old 11-14-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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When taking lessons do they do all the work?

I had a horse when I was a kid, they're too much work. I ended up riding around the pasture bareback most of the time because of it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:14 AM   #3
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I used to ride with my friend back in high school but have not since. I really loved it though, we would ride on the old logging trails behind her house and the horse I was riding loved to fly down the hills! My daughter has a horse back in CA and is going to school for Equine Studies and she loves to ride on 2-3 day trips quite a bit.

I am bit jealous of you, I would love to do that but my girls are a bit young right now, maybe in the future!

What a great thing to finally do something you have been wanting to do since you were a young child!

ETA-I just had to click that link for your blog and you take beautiful pictures! I have since added your blog to my Google Reader, must not miss these pictures!
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post
When taking lessons do they do all the work?

I had a horse when I was a kid, they're too much work. I ended up riding around the pasture bareback most of the time because of it.
So far, my horse has been saddled and bridled when I get there. I am only taking half hour lessons so I wonder if it's a time thing. Also, the horse I have been riding gets nippy when he's being saddled. But he's taking the winter off (he's old and has arthritis) so I will get a different horse for my next lesson. Maybe I'll have to saddle the new one.

I love riding and I love being around horses. I don't have any fantasies about owning one though. Borrowing them is just fine for me, thanks very much. It's enough to have 2 kids, 2 dogs, a bird and 5 frogs to care for right now. Oh, and forgot to mention 1 dh!
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:55 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by figaro View Post
I used to ride with my friend back in high school but have not since. I really loved it though, we would ride on the old logging trails behind her house and the horse I was riding loved to fly down the hills! My daughter has a horse back in CA and is going to school for Equine Studies and she loves to ride on 2-3 day trips quite a bit.

I am bit jealous of you, I would love to do that but my girls are a bit young right now, maybe in the future!

What a great thing to finally do something you have been wanting to do since you were a young child!

ETA-I just had to click that link for your blog and you take beautiful pictures! I have since added your blog to my Google Reader, must not miss these pictures!
My dd is 10 and I was wondering if I should have started her earlier. But she's kind of a late bloomer and just seems to be getting comfy in her own body. I don't know if she would have been able to focus enough and take directions if she was younger.

Thanks very much for your kind words about my photographs. I have been kind of lazy about taking them these days but promise that new ones will be coming soon!

I don't think I've been on anyone's Google Reader list yet! I'm honored!
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #6
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When I was 11 and 12 I went to a summer camp that dealt in learning how to care for and ride horses. We were assigned one horse for the time we were there and we had to completely care for it. It was so much fun, I loved it. This was during my phase where I wanted to grow up to be a vet and have a horse farm (I still sort of do, actually...) The only thing we weren't allowed to do was put the bridle on our horses, the counselors had to do it...I think they didn't want the hassle or liability if we were bitten. Everything else, though, we did. Grooming, feeding, saddling, mucking...EVERYTHING. I loved it.

I would love to take lessons again, but just haven't been in a position to.
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I don't get to ride much these days, but have spent a great deal of time on horseback over the years.
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OK, this is totally off topic but your Photoblog is AMAZING!!! You are an incredibly talented photographer and I just spent a good twenty minutes looking at your photos and reading your words. What a delight...

I've always been terrified of horses. I think it's their size. They are beautiful and I love to watch them but they scare the daylights out of me if they get to close.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:09 PM   #9
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I don't get to ride much these days, but have spent a great deal of time on horseback over the years.
Just wondering -- I know you have back issues -- does that hinder your ability to ride?

You are also (from what you've said) kind of big guy. Does that affect the kind of horses you ride?
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Originally Posted by lelvsdgs View Post
OK, this is totally off topic but your Photoblog is AMAZING!!! You are an incredibly talented photographer and I just spent a good twenty minutes looking at your photos and reading your words. What a delight...

I've always been terrified of horses. I think it's their size. They are beautiful and I love to watch them but they scare the daylights out of me if they get to close.
Thanks so very much! I love photography and I've been having a blast with my blog. So much so that it even cut seriously into my knitting time (gasp!) But I have fixed that and am again, happily knitting away.

I have to admit that I was pretty scared the first few lessons. But after watching my dd at her vaulting class being so brave and standing on the back of her horse, I figured I could if she could. The biggest thrill was posting a trot while not holding on. Whoopee!

I think working with the instructor I have and her horses has helped a lot. Most of the horses are so very sweet and lovely that you forget how big they are. And not all of them are huge. My dd started out on a Paint Horse who is on the small side. It's when I get close to the Friesians that I am a little taken aback at their size.
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