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!
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!
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. :)
6. Picture of your first horse?
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!
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!
Some pictures from yesterday.
Admit it, guys. I have cute ponies.
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.
"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.