Re: what age did you start riding?
I initially started when I was about 3, my step gran used to live in the mannor house of a trecking stables in Dartmoor and we used to spend the summer holiday's there. They had a little dapple grey mare called Heidi that no would ride coz she supposedly bit, kicked, bucked and bolted so the trecking stables used to let my parents take me out on the moors on her for free. Every morning they used to round the ponies up form the fields and they wouldall come haring down intot he stable yard where they needed to be caught, tied up and groomed ready for the days trecking and that was it I was addicted!
Started having proper riding lessons when I was about 5 or 6 and then when I was 7 I was offered a little welsh mountain pony to ride who again was apparently a nightmare and no one would ride him! My weekends were then taken up at Noddy's yard learning stable management (basically mucking out all of their horses, sweeping, water, hay, grooming and feeding which was lots of hard hard work but I loved every minute of it! Noddy's owner gave me lessons which mainly involved how to stay on as that pony could buck and bolt with the best of em!
When I outgrew Noddy I got Magic on permanent loan when I was 9, unknowing that he was a rig nd my education on how to handle a handful continued!