There is currently over an inch of ice on the ground, with several inches of snow on top of that. Therefore I am currently curled up under a blanket eating tons of christmas goodies as opposed to riding my horse. It’d be better for all if I could get to the barn, but that’s not going to happen today.
So I stole these 30 questions from Viva Carlos and thought I’d entertain you with the first half today. Enjoy the first half!!
1) If your horse could talk, what would they say? What would they be like?
O would definitely be a really chill girl, but I’d also see her wanting to be the teachers pet. She thrives on attention, and typically wants to make everyone happy. If we had a chance to talk ever, I think she’d want to gossip about the other horses and riders. She’s always into everything.
2) If you were a horse, what would you look like, what discipline would you do, and what would you be like to ride?
I’m pretty sure I’d end up being a jumper or something that lends itself towards short bursts of speed and quick thinking. I tend to be pretty forward thinking, but get distracted easily; so it’s probably better that the classes not take forever. I’d do much better with a quiet calm rider, as I can get a bit dramatic at times. I’m guessing I’d be part quarter or WB (I’ve got wide shoulders, and some junk in the trunk)…I don’t see my body type translating into a thoroughbred. 🙂 Just being honest!
3) How many barns have you ridden at?
This is my fourth stable, although I’ve been through several trainers within those facilities.
4) What kind of bay do you prefer?
I love her back white socks and cute little snip.
5) Can you braid a horse’s mane and/or tail?
I used to be super good at braiding manes. No idea if I’d be able to do it right this second though.
6) Do you believe you have to fall off to be a good rider?
Hmmm…I feel like if you are striving to be a great rider you are likely pushing yourself which tends to lean towards falls. But I don’t think it’s related that much.
7) What do you think is more important, equitation or effective riding?
This past year with O I have really had to focus more on effective riding, as she was a really different green ride for me. I hope to someday turn this effective into “pretty” effective riding and I can then call that equitation.
8) Are there any horse couples at your barn?
Not really, but lots of supportive husbands. My husband and I may be the closest as he is a fabulous rider in his own right but isn’t really interested in the english world.
9) Favourite treat to feed your horse?
I love to feed her peppermints. She gets super excited and then has great breath.
10) Silly quirks your horse has.
Dear lord this horse licks everything. I don’t understand it, but I’m assuming she’s just checking stuff out. Nothing is out of her range, she’ll go for people, concrete, cars, hoses, walls, saddles, anything. It’s usually just a lick or two but it’s still pretty goofy.
Licking the unsuspecting bench.
Tasting the wall…
11) Strangest thing you’ve fed your horse.
I’m pretty boring, I haven’t given O anything all that odd. I did have a horse that loved potato chips and bananas before though.
12) Have you ever made any horse friends through the internet?
I hope so! I haven’t gotten to meet any of you in person, but it’s been great reading your stories and sharing mine.
13) Would you put horse furniture?
I don’t know how crazy I’d go with this, but I do love paintings of horses! I also have lots horseshoes around at the moment since we used them in the wedding and now have them randomly spread around. I like them!
14) Funniest horse moment.
Uhhh, pick one?
All I can think of right now is the show that I took this gorgeous chestnut hunter mare to, and we were ready to take on the world. However, she, as those who ride chestnut mares know, changed her mind by the time we got into the ring. She bucked over everything single jump. It was hysterical. Not mean bucks, just excited bucks and every single on of our pictures came back with her back feet all over the place. I laughed all the way around, and my trainer could barely talk by the time I walked out. Gotta love them mares.
15) Post a picture of your horse making a silly face.
She gets into everything.
Crossing my fingers that the nasty will melt off soon and I can get out to see my pony. Wishing everyone safe travels during the holidays!!