Y'all know I love me some blog hops, and this one from Amanda does not disappoint! (And yes, I know the font/background color/whatever is all sorts of a hot mess, since I copied and pasted, but I have been fighting with blogger for like TWO HOURS to even get this post scheduled, so you'll have to forgive any formatting inconsistencies)
1. Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling?
2.What was your riding “career” like as a kid?
I'm entertained by that question, because I actually did play soccer for like... 13 years. I loved it, and I do miss it. But once I was an adult (aka actually in control of my own finances and able to spend my time how I wanted), it was horses, horses, and more horses. They're in my blood. I love the partnership I form with my horses and the parts of the relationship that have nothing to do with riding. Just being around them is therapy for me.
Nonexistent? My mom sold her horse when I was born, and she kept in touch with the new owners, so I did get "pony rides" occasionally. When I was in middle school/high school she had a few other friends with horses so I got to ride and show occasionally (no lessons, just hacking and having my mom yell at me haha). I pushed really hard to lease a horse, but it didn't happen. So when I turned 18 I took my graduation money and bought the most wildly unsuitable horse I could find.
|Said wildly unsuitable horse still lives in my backyard, and a few weeks ago I bought him EIGHT FUCKING DOLLARS A BALE HAY so he better appreciate the fact that I bought him and that he didn't end up dog food....|
3. If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be?
Classic, hands down. He was a CUTE little bay arabian I rode for a few years in HS and I LOVED him. He was sensitive and fun and actually for sale when I was riding him. Sadly, see "not actually in charge of my own time/finances".
4. What disciplines have you participated in?
Western pleasure, showmanship, english pleasure, speed events (barrels/poles), hunters, jumpers, dressage, and above all else - trail riding!
5. What disciplines do you want to participate in some day?
I still would really like to try endurance, but I don't think it's in the cards with where I live and the (lack of) availability of rides close to me/footing. Working equitation also looks fun, so hopefully it picks up in my area.
6. Have you ever bought a horse at auction or from a rescue?
Not directly, no. Both Jack and Jasper were purchased out of bad situations.
7. What was your FIRST favorite horse breed – the one you loved most as a kid?
|To this. Funny how much better horses look like when you... feed them?|
Definitely arabians -- thanks Walter Farley! I also went to some sort of performance as a child where a black arabian was doing a liberty act and I was MESMERIZED. I am pretty sure I had my Arabian Legends book memorized.
8. If you could live and ride in any country in the world, where would it be?
|Spain beach ride photo stolen from Les Googles. |
9. Do you have any horse-related regrets?
I wish I could have started riding regularly a lot younger and had formal instruction, but it wasn't really within my control as a kid. I'm happy with where I am now and the future possibilities though.
10. If you could ride with any trainer in the world, ASIDE from your current trainer, who would it be?
I mean, if we're dreaming big, Steffen Peters?
11. What is one item on your horse-related bucket list?
|SP on Legolas at the 2012 Olympic Selection Trials, photo by moi. |
Riding Andalusians on the beach in Spain -- see photo with number 8!
12. If you were never able to ride again, would you still have horses?
Absolutely. I spent a few years not riding and playing "owner" with a trainer riding some of mine, and I liked being the trailer-driving photo-taking doting person standing on the sideline cheering. If I couldn't physically ride, I'd still do that. Or just run a home for geriatric horses who just want to be snuggled every daycare (roughly half of my current herd, lol).
13. What is your “biggest fantasy” riding goal?
Biggest fantasy? Riding a GP dressage test on a horse I trained (or ideally, bred AND trained).
|Horse I trained, check. Horse I bred and trained, check. Future GP mounts? Haha doubtful, but they're mares, so I can have another go with the next generation ;)|
14. What horse do you feel like has taught you the most?
That's hard to say because they've all taught me so many different things and so much of it is intertwined. Right now I'd have to say Cinna - it was because of her that I learned so much about breeding/foaling/young horse raising, and now she's teaching me a lot about riding sensitive dramatic Spanish mares that have OPINIONS.
15. If you could change one thing about your current horse/riding situation, what would it be?
Can I have unlimited dollars for an indoor arena and daily lessons? That would be cool. It would also be nice to be in an area with more showing opportunities.
|Fuck puddles. |
|And wind chill. |
16. If you could compete at any horse show/venue in your home country, where would it be?
|But most of all fuck snow. |
It would be cool to ride a dressage test in the KHP arena :)
17. If you could attend any competition in the world as a spectator, what would be your top choice?
Aachen or the Olympics, I think. I had a good time spectating at Rolex, but that was way more about the company than the competition.
18. Have you ever thought about quitting horses?
|Bloggers = the best|
Absolutely... haha. Not really in a serious way, but it's hard sometimes not to look at the large percentage of income I spend on them and fantasize about a nice house in the suburbs and regular vacations and things that normal people do. But my life would be so empty without my horses.
19. If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the horse industry, what would it be?
That's a hard question for me. I think snapping my fingers and eliminating all horse abuse would be great, but ya know, unlikely. In terms of a change that actually could happen, I wish people would stop breeding crappy backyard horses from everything that has a uterus and then not training the babies and ending up dumping them at auction.
20. What’s the dumbest horse-related thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
Accidentally buying a yearling from across the country when I already had like 6 other horses... lol.
|Can never turn down a chance to share this photo of the baby yak. |
|Turned out pretty well for me though, TBH.|
21. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?
Catastrophic injury. I'm not as bouncy as I used to be, and I ride sensitive, athletic horses.
22. What horse-related book impacted you the most?
Hmmmm. You know, I don't know that I can pick one. I have a ridiculous library of unread horse books and I'm still struggling to find the time to read what I have.
23. What personality trait do you value most in a horse and which do you dislike the most?
I value a good brain and a work ethic - basically a horse that wants to be with you and wants to please. I don't like lazy, standoffish horses (Trigger gets a pass on that because he is SUCH a good husband horse).
24. What do you love most about your discipline?
|Even though he low-key hates both people and actually working, he gets a pass because once you actually let him know he has to work, he's totes fine and you can put LITERALLY ANYONE on him.|
I love how dressage done well can improve the horse and their way of going. The OCD part of my personality really likes the precision and attention to detail. And let's be real, I also love the bling ;) and I like that with individual scoring you can continue to compete against yourself (even though I'm a closet satin ho).
25. What are you focused on improving the most, at the moment?
|Sparkles 4 lyfe|
Improving myself so I can stop holding my horses back.