Hopping on this blog hop train. I have several posts that need written: in-hand work, Noble Outfitters outfit giveaway!, how awesome Majyk Equipe's customer service is yet again...but I am so deep into the house stuff, I might not see Connor for two weeks. It's insane. But almost over. So have a blog hop.
1. Mares or geldings? Why?
Dr. Marks (100 mile endurance rider) always said she likes mares, because a mare will stop at the head of a trick section of trail and go "I think we need to discuss this, are you sure about this? Because I'm not. Let's talk about it." and a gelding will go "SURE OKAY!" She likes that extra bit of survival something with reproductive organs has. Me? I need more "sure okay!" in my life. GELDINGS.
2. Green broke or fully broke?
I realized that I knew the answer to this question when I thought about going from where Connor is now back to dealing with green stuff. Where he is now is way more fun.
3. Would you own a hotter breed?
No. I am a chicken. I feel safe on my round little pony, and don't do well on things that make me feel unsafe.
|Things I would not do on a hotter breed.|
4. What was your 'dream horse' growing up?
A Selle Francais. No idea why.
5. What kind of bits do you use and why?
Bit #1: Loose ring french link KK snaffle, because it works.
Bit#2: Three ring elevator, because it helps Connor keep his chest up before the jumps, and one day he woke up and decided he had no brakes on XC. Brakes. I has them now.
6. Helmets or no helmets?
One of the great things about having an equestrian for a mom is that you get rules like "If I catch you riding without a helmet you won't even see a horse until you turn 18." Done.
7. Favorite horse color?
No kidding, my favorite Breyer (an 8 year old birthday present from my grandparents) was Sundown, the chestnut Arabian with flaxen mane and tail. I still remember describing what flaxen was to my grandma on the phone. And here I am with a real life chestnut with flaxen mane and tail.
|Can we all collectively "squee" for a second about button braids on a flaxen mane? OMG.|
8. Least favorite horse color?
Anything that makes people breed for just it and nothing else.
9. Dressage or jumping?
If I had to choose one thing to do for the rest of my life, it would be Dressage. I am just having a blast with it lately.
10. How many years have you been riding?
I first rode when I was about 5, and then just rode off and on until I went to college. I was not blessed to live in an area with lesson stables.
11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
I don't have a thing against either, but lately I've been riding without spurs but with a whip. JLC says "Sometimes Connor needs a little 'tick tick!' from the whip to remind him to pay attention and move forward." I agree.
12. Your first fall?
I was riding my mom's saintly quarter horse Little Red with her supervision, and I was about five or six. It was feeding time, and he saw the feed guy walk into the barn, so he followed him, I think at a gentle canter. I hung on all the way down the barn aisle and rolled off into the dirt at the end. I'm sure my mom was terrified.
|Little Red, the first horse I fell off of, still hanging around! (With my mom and Festus)|
13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Saturday :-(. Lots of shoulder in.
14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
Well, no surprises here, even though it was an incredible discount I still almost paid for it what I'm paying for the trailer:
|The loves of my life.|
Five I think.
16. Leather or nylon halters?
Leather all the way.
|It wants cookies.|
17. Leather or synthetic saddles?
I liked the Wintec, but I love taking care of leather goods, so it's leather all the way for me.
18. What 'grip' of reins do you like?
Currently a point of contention between me and my trainer, because my favorite horse-sized Nunn Finer Soft Grip Rubber Reins are too long for C and get stuck between my saddle pad and Connor throughout my ride, but the pony size is too small, and I just don't like the feel of any other rein enough to switch. So she's been riding him in someone else's reins for training rides. Nunn Finer, you need a Cob option!
19. English or Western?
I just never figured out the allure of a western saddle. Unless I was ponying racehorses. Then I was happy to be in one.
|Things that were fun. Pictured:20 year old me.|
20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
Own one, and it will stay that way forever. I don't have the time for two riding horses.
21. Do you board your horse? Self-care? Full board? Half board? Home board?
I grew up with horses at home, so BTDT. I'm in the position where I have the job that pays for the horse, but not the time to maintain a farm, or all of the other nice amenities that go along with being a boarder (like friends. And a nice arena). So while there are some true positives to keeping a horse at home, I'm a full boarder for life.
|I board because I could not possibly build/buy/maintain all this, and I love it.|
22. Have you ever put down a horse you loved?
No. And I'm not looking forward to it.
23. How many saddle pads do you have?
I gained a lot in late 2014! Probably 10.
|Obviously, since the bonnet matches the saddle pad on a regular basis now.|
24. Slant-load trailer or straight-load?
Straight load rear facing is my favorite. Straight load front facing is my second favorite, and slant load is my least favorite. I think it has to be a lot easier to balance if you're a horse in a trailer on the interstate and you're absorbing motion from front to back rather than side to side, and they have more room in a straight load.
|Still really can't believe this is mine.|
25. Why do you ride?
It's changed at various points in my life. Because I have a demanding, virtual job, and at the end of the day there is no better way to unwind than a very physical hobby that demands my full attention, and lets me grow together with an animal.
|We're friends. Except if you look at his lips he's gunning for the cookies in my pocket. Maybe it's more of a symbiotic relationship.|