Sylvia – I was on a field trip to a local farm with my kindergarten class and the farm owner was giving a tour. My students loved learning about all the animals as we visited the barn, pond and coops. Finally we arrived at a large corral with many horses and donkeys. The horses were quite friendly and let my kids stroke their necks and feed them apple halves. There was one animal that stood back from the rest and my kids wanted to know why he wasn’t coming to the fence to greet them. Well, said the farmer, he’s a jackass that doesn’t really feel comfortable around kids. My dear little Erica quickly countered by saying, if you didn’t call him mean names then maybe he would be more friendly and I think you just lost your recess! The dumbfounded farmer just looked at me and I thought, nope, not touching this one. But I have to admit I chuckled the entire way back to school and was rather proud of my protective and kind kindergartener.
Javier Fuentes – I learned to ride horses before I could walk at my family’s farm in Cuba, where I was born. However, we had to leave Cuba for political and economical reasons, as well as sell the farm along with the horses. I have vivid memories and dreams of our horses ever since, but have never gone riding again. 🙁
Erin Estilette – When I was little, I was riding a horse with my Dad, and I fell asleep. Lol. I guess I didn’t think it was all that exciting.
Michaele Dalin Goodson – We have had horses off and on all my life. My best horse story is a friend of mine was looking to get a new horse, she sent me a few photos of the candidates, and I saw which one was for her.she went the next day to see him, he was a picky horse about who could ride him, but he loved her!! She has him still today.
Timothy Mccollum – I owned a horse when I was young and he was the most lovable guy I ever met. He saved me from cousins because they treated him terribly, the threw apples at him and tried to hurt him, but my horse his name was Coco, took him for a ride in the woods and my cousins were banned from coming to see him by my grandmother.
Dixie Darling – As most little girls I wanted a pony. My mom would ask “but where would you keep a pony?” I would always tell her I would keep it in my room. Mind you I lived in Miami FL, not in a rural area. My mom would then ask where a pony would sleep if I had one in my room. My answer? I would let the pony sleep in my bed and I would sleep on the floor! Yes, kids do say the darnedest things! I only knew about that because my mom told me about it when I was an adult. She is long gone but nobody can take the memories!
Barbara Argoe – I remember as a lonely and abused child of petting a neighbor’s horse and going there very often and giving the horse a treat and telling her my feeling as i petted her. All of which made me feel that i was heard and had worth.
Nicole – The first time I ever rode a horse was when I was 18 and I will never forget it. My boyfriend at the time knew someone who owned a horse and thought it would be nice to take me for a stroll. Biggest mistake ever, for starters I was getting over a bad stomach flu and did not want to go, but my ex-boyfriend insisted that he had a special surprise and would really enjoy since I had been sick for the past couple days. So I was like “what the heck why not!” I remember driving to a ranch thinking I really do not want to be here but I’ll be a “good girlfriend” and suck it up since he did take time to plan this so called “surprise.” When we got the there we he showed me around, keep in mind the smell was not helping at all and made my stomach cringe. I didn’t want to say anything because he was having a good time. Well long story short we ended up at the horse stable, got on the horse and ended up throwing up all over the place. Not a pleasant sight, I was so embarrassed, I never have gotten back on a horse.
Jason Pike – While I was in Boy Scouts I was brushing a horse clean and my friend was putting on the saddle, as he was tightening the stap maybe to tight, the horse turned and bit me right in the boob. It hurt so bad. Ouch
Colleen Goodbrand – I have so many stories but I think the funniest one, for me, was when the horse I was riding, farted out loud and scared himself silly! He jumped sideways to get away from the noise!
Sarah Turner – When I was little my parents had some paper routes that they delivered, on the weekends I would go with my mom. On her route there was a beautiful brown horse that has a scare in the sharp of a star. I wanted that horse so bad that my dad would take me to pet get every weekend. It was the nicest thing he ever did for me.
jennyjet – Lived on a farm. My sister had a pet calf and Shetland pony. She was in the barnyard with a plate full of feed for her calf. The pony started chasing her around the barn at a good pace. I yelled at her “Please just drop the feed” and he will stop chasing you. She got a fright of her life that day….
dolfanatl – When I was a kid, I was in a Boy Scout-like group called the Indian Guides. Our tribe went horseback riding once, but there weren’t enough horses for everyone. They were 1 short. Because I was the smallest and youngest, I had to ride with my dad. It wound up being great because my dad would purposefully hold our horse back just so he could get him to run fast to catch up. It was really awesome and exciting.
Millington – I remember the first time I saw a horse in real life. It was in 1975 & I saw 2 horses where I lived. Normally, this would not be that much of a surprise, until I tell you where I lived. I was living in the projects at that time. My questions were; (1) Where did these horses come from, & (2) How are they walking so well on all of this concrete?
Alice Ver – I always loved horses and was thrilled to be able to ride one for the first time when I was 10 years old. My father took me to the circus that came to our city, and they let us ride the horses at the end (of course paid extra). Even though I was with 2 more kids on the back of the horse, I was super happy, and remember that day and the feeling even today, after some 40 years later 🙂
Miles Olmsted – I’ve always loved horses, when I was in my teens, I went to a Christian Horsemanship camp for 2 weeks every summer. And now have been married to a wonderful lady almost 15 years and she has the same passion as I do about horses. We live in the city, but have land in the country where we stable 2, one a Palomino and mine a quarter horse. We love to ride and get out to the country as often as we can. One of the local country girls feeds and exercises our friends when we are not there. They are our joy in life.
MyKinKStar – When I was a child we kept a horse for a few weeks, that was going to be a Christmas gift for someone. I thought the horse was ours – MINE, and did not understand when it was gone. A big tree had been brought home during this time, that needed the bottom trimmed to fit into the tree stand, but snow covered the chunks of wood and when it melted I was convinced it was parts of the horse leg and that’s why he was really gone. I cried and cried at all the LIES and at the unfair life i was living and that poor horse!
roxysmom87 – When I was 14, my dad bought a horse to save it from the slaughter house. We lived in a rural area, but didn’t own our home. My parents rented it. Any way, I named the horse Charro after an Elvis Presley movie I had watched recently. Charro loved me, but he would always try to bite my younger brothers. One day my brother Keith was trying to pet him and, Charro grabbed his T-shirt with his teeth and slung him across the yard. After that, Charro was just mine. He would follow me around the yard. He loved eating carrots out of my hands. Then one day the landlord comes to the house. He told my dad he can’t have the horse on the property, so my dad had to sell him. I was worried he would be butchered, but my dad swore he went to a good home. Charro was more like a big dog to me. I’ll never forget that horse. Now my brother Vince owns two in Indiana and his daughters ride them in horse shows.
Deb – While on vacation in Arizona we stopped at an overlook to take in the beautiful scenery. To my surprise and delight there was a herd of wild mustangs grazing by a stream down below. That was the first time that I had ever seen wild horses. They looked so regal and free. Seeing them made me realize how important horses were in taming the Americas. Our history would have been much different if the Spanish Conquistadors had not brought them over in the 1600’s. Horses were one of the most important possessions of people about 100 years ago. I was amazed that I was seeing a big part of American history as I gazed at these beautiful creatures.
Paul Clément – When I was 5 years old, our milk was delivered by horse drawn wagons such as the one pictured here. Although not the bravest, I would occasionally bring the horse an apple when the milkman came by. As luck would have it, the milkman, Hank was his name, asked if I would like to hop in the wagon and go around the block during deliveries as a reward for being nice to his horse, whose name I don’t recall, sadly. Well, back in 1953 as it was, what 5 year old would refuse that offer. I yelled up at mom and away we went. What an adventure that was! By todays standards, not that exciting I guess but back then, I turned into a cowboy’s sidekick, encountered many bad guys but made it through the journey to fetch the horse another apple. Man, memories are really made of this!
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