Day 1 - When and Why I Started Riding

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I guess we'll start with the why I started riding.  That's easy.  I was a horse crazy girl for as far back as I can remember. I read any and all horse books I could get my hands on.  Looking back on it, I think I really was destined to get an OTTB.  My favorite books to read (and reread and reread) were The Black Stallion series and the Thoroughbred series.  It didn't matter if it was horsey fiction or books about horses and how to care for them, I gobbled up everything I could get my hands on.  Any movies that had horses, yup I watched them.  Even as a wee little kid one of my favorite movies was Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, for the horse of course.  So finally when I was in middle school my grandfather mentioned that his sister's neighbor had horses and he said I could go over sometime.  Like I was going to say no to that.  Unfortunately I had to wait until my great aunt was having a picnic one day and then finally I got to get up close and personal with some horses.

That day I got to meet some wonderful people that have turned into good friends.  And I got to meet some really great horses.  Nikki and Tom offered to let me learn to ride on their horses.  And it all came full circle when I started showing Tom's horse a few years ago.  His horse that was just a baby that first day I went to his barn.