TOABH: What would O and I Change?

Two in one blog hop today!
First up:

We’ve talked about what your horse doesn’t like to do, and I don’t want to confuse this with that.  I’m not talking about personality quirks or training foibles.  Tell me:  if you could change something (or things) about your horse, what would you?

This was a hard one for me, as right now we are trying to keep up with her constantly changing personality quirks, but physically I’d change at least two things.
1. Those feet.  They’ve come light-years from where they were when I got her, thanks to my amazing farrier.  However, I will always need to keep a watch on her flat front feet.
2. I wish she was about 2-3 inches taller.  She takes up my leg very well,, as she’s built like a tank, but I’m 5’10” and have a ridiculously long leg.  Sometimes, just occasionally, I feel a bit big on her.  I feel like those extra inches would eliminate that.  That said, she is 16hh on the dot, so it’s not like she’s short by any means.
Built like tank.

Built like tank.

My legs are like 36" give you an idea of how much leg her 16hh takes up.

My inseam is 36″ long….to give you an idea of how much leg her 16hh takes up.

In retrospect-if those inches were to give her an even longer stride?  No thanks, I’ll keep the 16hh, I can barely deal with her stride as it is now.
What would your horse change about you?
I think that if O could change anything about me it’d be a tie between being a more low-key rider and being more adventurous.  I can get pretty wrapped up and goals and ambitions and sometimes forget to do things that are mentally beneficial for both of us.  Those things include trail rides, bareback rides, or trying new things.  O is really pretty great to work with, and I feel like sometimes I take advantage and push her.  That’s why a big part of my Q2 goals include trying to mix it up a bit.  With the increase and complexity being put on us in lessons, it’s only fair that she gets a day or so a week to have fun.  I need it too, I’m sure.
Like more western rides.  Because why not?

Like more western rides. Because why not?

9 thoughts on “TOABH: What would O and I Change?

  1. I want to try western on Archie! What I’m seeing as a common theme in this hop is that our horses are short with crappy feet and we’re all really boring. 🙂

  2. I also wear a 36″ inseam! I’m 6 feet tall though, you are leggier than me 🙂 I have never seen a pic where you look too big on her. Which makes me feel a bit hopeful because my young horses are both going to end up around 16hh (as per the string test).

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