I've stolen the challenge from She Moved to Texas who evidently stole it from Viva Carlos, so thanks ladies :)
Day 1: Where/Why/When you Began Riding
|Around 3 years old, loving life on an unamused pony.|
I've wanted to ride horses as long as I can remember. One of my dad's clients owned a large barn about 45 minutes from where I lived as a little girl and the highlight of my entire world was taking trips out to his barn for a pony ride. I assume my parents thought it was a phase but here we are now, and clearly it's not going away. My family is huge into hockey so it was assumed I would do something ice-related. There was a period where I figure skated but that didn't last. There was also a period of dance classes.... That didn't last either. Luckily for me I was blessed with a grandmother who rode as a child and always wanted a horse therefore taking her grand-daughter for riding lessons once a week was almost as good. I began taking lessons when I was 8 years old at a small, low key barn and treasure the pictures and memories I have from that time.
The first horse I ever had a lesson on was a Arab mare (I think...?) named Zima. Yes after the beer. Yes looking back, that's super classy. I remember her as being a sassy little mare and despite not having any lessons prior to riding her I began cantering promptly because every time she got to a certain corner of the arena she would pick up a canter, canter the length of the long side, and then quietly come back. Otherwise I'm sure she was perfectly safe... hah.
|Showing Zima in a lead line class at my first show, circa 1999|
|Beau, another horse I lessoned on at this barn.|
Throughout my lesson-kid life I rode at several barns, all of them serving a purpose in my riding and I can honestly say I have great memories from each barn. I was so lucky to have various horses and ponies around me for so much of my life before I was able to own my very own horse. To this day I credit my velcro seat to the years I spent riding rotten little lesson ponies, and I wouldn't have it any other way.