Anonymous: "5, 9, 13."

5. Riding related pet peeve? 

Weather! I would ride every day if I could, but it always seems like it’s either too hot or raining in the summer, or too icy or muddy in the winter. I hate it. Spring and Fall need to last longer.

9. If you could try a different discipline, which would you pick? 

I answered this in a different ask, but I think I’d try cross-country if I couldn’t continue with my hunter/jumper training. I could never give up the thrill of jumping, I don’t think.

13. Best riding advice you’ve ever gotten? 

I feel like the advice that has stuck with me and kept me going is pretty generic, but too true. Having one bad ride doesn’t make you a bad rider. Giving up when things get tough- that’s what makes you a bad rider.

Thanks for the numbers!

 

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Anonymous: "14!"

14. What does everyone need to know about horses? 

I feel like everyone needs to realize that horses are very smart animals, and they need as much stimulation as a child, if not more. I’ve only had experience with a few different barns, but it’s pretty obvious that the horses left to their own devices (without other horses or people for entertainment) are the most destructive and have the most issues under saddle.

That, and that there’s no better shoulder to cry on than a horse’s. 

Thanks for the question, anon!

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Anonymous: "25 and 46!!"

25. The worst habit a horse could have is? 

As much as I want to say bucking/rearing under saddle, I really think the worst habit a horse could have is refusing jumps. I’ve been thrown a few times because a horse decided to buck, but most of my falls have come from refusals, and they always seem to hurt worse!

46. Small or big horses?

Big, of course! I love my giant baby.

Thanks for the numbers. :)

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Anonymous: "6, 18 :)"

6. Picture of your first horse? 

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18. Goals for riding?

Short-term, I really want to improve my posture and work on my confidence, both on the flat and over fences. Long-term, I would love to show hunter/jumper, and maybe delve into cross-country at some point.

Thanks for the numbers, anon! 

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Anonymous: "32"

32. Describe your perfect horse. 

I know it sounds cheesy, but West is about as close as I could’ve hoped for to my dream horse. Tall, bay, subtle markings, classically handsome. Once I get his neck more muscled and his mane grown back out, he will be even more perfect.

Thank you for the number!

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Questions for Riders

1. Why did you start riding?

2. What was the name of the first horse you rode?

3. The horse that taught you the most?

4. Scariest riding experience?

5. Riding related pet peeve?

6. Picture of your first horse?

7. Biggest achievement in riding so far?

8. Which discipline do you do?

9. If you could try a different discipline, which would you pick?

10. Showing or trail riding?

11. Thoroughbreds or warmbloods?

12. Favourite breed of horse?

13. Best riding advice you've ever gotten?

14. What does everyone need to know about horses?

15. Colourful or traditional tack?

16. Favourite part of the equestrian community?

17. Least favourite part?

18. Goals for riding?

19. Worst advice you've ever gotten?

20. Were you ever "that one horse girl" in school?

21. Most embarrassing moment?

22. What is the best part of riding right now?

23. What do you want to change about the way you ride?

24. Favourite famous horse?

25. The worst habit a horse could have is?

26. Do you listen to music when you ride? What songs?

27. Favourite place to show at? Post a picture?

28. Are you a nervous rider?

29. Ever been on a horse- themed holiday?

30. If you knew you could, what would you change about the horse world?

31. What are the goals behind the way you ride and train your horses?

32. Describe your perfect horse.

33. What is in your grooming bucket?

34. Worst ride ever?

35. Do your parents and friends support your riding?

36. Worst fall you've ever had?

37. Most recent fall?

38. Favourite riding outfit?

39. Riding idol?

40. Are you going to have a career with horses?

41. Do you have any equitation flaws you'd like to fix?

42. Are there any styles/ trends/ etc that you don't like in the horse world?

43. Any training methods that you completely disagree with?

44. What is your grooming routine?

45. Thoughts on riding without a helmet?

46. Small or big horses?

47. Funniest show name you've ever heard?

48. What would you name your dream horse?

49. Favourite colour of horse?

50. For or against spurs, crops and artificial aids?

51. Describe your horse, if you have one!

52. How high have you jumped?

53. Do you have a job with horses?

54. How many times a week are you at the barn?

55. Have you ever catch ridden?

56. Bareback or saddle?

57. Thoughts on liberty?

58. Rider you would like to meet?

59. Any other facts about yourself and your horses!

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Prettiest girl

29 . 07 . 14 ( 2)

Some pictures from yesterday.

Admit it, guys. I have cute ponies.

29 . 07 . 14 ( 3)

Lunchtime!

It’s really sweet how much West likes Piper already. I caught him grooming her a little as she settled in to eating.

Stevie is completely fascinated with her, too- I’m pretty convinced he thinks she’s a goat friend.

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"Round pen? No, thanks."

I spent just a few minutes with Piper in the round pen today. She didn’t know what to think, and her tendency to stay glued to your side really didn’t help. Instead of forcing anything, we spent the time walking around the edge together to get her used to moving while inside.

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