I have been riding since I was around 2 years old, am now 34! I am a qualified instructor and working as a rider / instructor / groom / yard manager for many years. I have now moved into an office based job, so not with horses, but ride as and when I can! No horses of my own sadly, how about you?
Thank you Ashley. Storm is a Saddlebred-Arab gelding. Valentine is Belgian-Paint PMU mare, and Magic is her daughter-unknown father. Valentine was impregnated at her Foster home( after being rescued from a Canadian PMU ranch) and just 2 years old when she had Magic. She was the best Mama ever and so young!! I have had horses of my own for 40 years, and a rider for more than 50 yrs.!!
Thank you, Ashley. I am currently a student at the university of Tennessee, working on certification to become a equine rehabilitation practitioner. It involves non-invasive modalities to help healing, performance, core, and neurological deficits. I am a licensed veterinarian technician, and currently working with pups (canines), and I wanted to finish my "bucket list" by working with horses. My two favorite creatures on this planet! I have two equine family members ("yard art"), two pups, three cats, and five cows that teach me lessons every day. So although I don't ride much (time), I like learning all I can about how people spend time with their four-legged partners, and spend my life doing what I love. Please let me know if I can answer any more questions for you. I don't get on the computer much, but will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your comment, 'Welcome to Barnmice, Gary! :) I hope to see you around Barnmice more! I would love to read your article when you are finished writing it!'
I appreciate your interest in seeing the article. The subject matter is far removed from the world of horses, but the photo of the girl with horse and cat beautifully illustrates 'peace and harmony' in the video poem.
I love to see horses in a pasture, and grew up in a town in the American West, where horsemanship was a part of many people's lives. Yet I never became part of it. I remember dreaming of having a horse, as a young man. Now we live in a small town in Germany. I may not be active on Barnmice, but will always be glad to respond to comments like yours.
I am about to go to the UK to teach for a week. I return on the 18th. I will have some time to respond once I return to Corfu. There are only a handful of horses on Corfu. Keep well and happy horses to you, Franklin
Thanks for your message . I previously boarded my horse at a therapeutic riding facility
and was fortunate enough to see the remarkable difference horses can make in the lives of children and adults with special needs . The adaptive riding equipment is amazing and enables riders with even the most daunting physical disabilities to experience the joy of spending time with the horses . The couple running the facility are completely devoted to the riders and their horses seem to know exactly how precious their riders were and proceeded accordingly : ) The volunteers were great too and I think they were enjoying themselves as much as the riders they were assisting . My own horse filled in a few times with some of the young adults and they enjoyed their rides on her too .
Some of the clients I work with now have visited the barn I relocated to - one teen likes to ride Allie , the others bring carrots and apples and simply enjoy a visit : )
I really think our horses are amazing therapists and I try to share Allie with everyone I can .
Hope to talk with you again - I really enjoyed your website .
Well, Ashley, that just made my day! LOL You are the first person that I don't know (family, clients and friends...LOL) who has actually said that! I built it myself about 2-3 months ago and am slowly populating it with info. Slow process! LOL But I do love making life easier for people and horses.
BTW, thanks for the welcome!! Ranch horses sound like fun. I was involved with barrel and reining horses for many years, but divirsified into hunter jumper's, western pleasure, trail, western riding and horsemanship. Also made up quite a lot of children's ponies, hunter's, etc, I'm little so can do the little ones ;). I would love, love to get involved in western dressage, but only horse we have now is my son's quarab.
Hi Ashley. Yes, I ride. I've actually been a professional horse trainer for over 30 years, training mostly western, but have trained many hunter jumpers, ponies and horses. At this time recovering financially from a bad divorce and trying to find my feet again.
Barn names are: Spider, Legs and Rowdy Girl (black overo). I have in training Rowdy Boy (have to think of a different barn name for him), Money. JR (now 2) & Joey (now 1) need to grow some more before they start their training. They are all black - some with blue eyes and one is lovely colored black overo. They are all registered. So I can show several different ways if I choose.