Does your horse need shoes?
I specifically selected for feet that don't need shoes when I fell in love with Welsh Cobs. It was in our equine conformation class that Dr. Marks she pulled Castleberrys Protege (Shae) out of the barn and said "This is a textbook example of a perfect foot, and this pony's breeder stamps these feet on every single pony she breeds. Every breeder should strive for this." That's not to say there aren't Welsh Cobs with shoes out there, there are a lot of reasons to put a shoe on a horse with good feet, but Connor doesn't need them.
What do you think of the barefoot vs shoes debate?
To each his own.
Favorite season for riding?
Anytime but winter, but if I had to choose, spring. That first day after a long winter when it's warm enough to ride in a t-shirt, and you don't feel like you have to desperately race through your ride in order to make it home before your limbs freeze, is amazing.
How many shows do you think you've gone to?
Roughly 33 in college (IHSA) and 15 with Connor.
Do you consider yourself a good rider?
No, but I'm a dedicated student of riding with an appropriate horse.
Have you ever gotten into a fight with your trainer?
No way, I can't imagine that. We disagree on horsekeeping sometimes, but it usually ends with her raising an eyebrow and dropping it.
Describe your dream horse.
I don't really have a good answer for this. Connor could definitely be improved, but overall he's my dream horse.
Does anyone in your family ride?
Yes, my mom! I've written about that extensively here. My dad rode once, got bucked off and never got back on.
If you could ride any horse in the world, which one would it be?
Cardi, no doubt.