Month: November 2015

Holiday hound adventure

Holiday hound adventure

I have a problem. I can’t stop saying “yes” when people ask me to do something. Usually, this isn’t a problem; I like helping out, I’m not usually inconvenienced by doing so, and I’m glad to have made someone’s life easier. But even when the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! I’m thankful for many things in my life. Two great horses. Many, many great friends, horsey and non-horsey alike. A supportive and enthusiastic husband. A supportive and understanding family. A job I love. And many, many other things! I hope you’re all […]

That Red Mare Blog Hop: 25 questions

That Red Mare Blog Hop: 25 questions

Cathryn at That Red Mare has a fun blog hop- she’s asking 25 questions about her fellow equestrian bloggers!

1. Mares or Geldings? Why?
I’ve always claimed to be a gelding person, but I can’t say why. I’ve never had a terrible mare- just the opposite, in fact. If I really think about it, I guess I’m indifferent.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke?
I’m on the fence with this one; green broke horses can be a big pain in the ass, but so can fully broke horses (just in different ways)!

3. Would you own a “hotter” breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).
Of course! I own two Thoroughbreds and would certainly consider a hot breed for my next horse.

4. What was your “dream horse” growing up?
A big bay Thoroughbred with white socks who would jump me around an Olympic cross country course. Gina’s got the “big bay Thoroughbred with white socks” down, I guess.

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5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why?
Gina came with a eggbutt French link, which she liked okay. I switched her to a loose ring French link because I liked it better; Gina liked it okay. I got paranoid that my hands weren’t good enough to communicate well in the loose ring, so now she has a baucher on her dressage bridle. She likes it okay. Gina goes about the same in every bit I’ve put in her mouth, so I’ve stuck with the baucher on the dressage bridle and the loose ring on the jumping bridle.

Moe was going in a D-ring snaffle when I bought him; he went very well in it for many years. His bridle disappeared at a barn where I boarded a few years ago, so I started riding him in Gina’s old eggbutt French link, which he tolerates. He goes in that for dressage and in a copper roller D-ring for jumping. I tried a loose ring slow twist on him once, and he wasn’t a fan.  I’ve had a hard time finding a D-ring for dressage that isn’t a huge hunter dee, so Moe is stuck with the eggbutt for now.

6. Helmets or no helmets?
All helmets, all the time!

7. Favorite horse color?
I’m a big fan of bay.

8. Least favorite horse color?
Flea bitten gray.

9. Dressage or Jumping?
Jumping! I understand and appreciate the importance of dressage, but really, I love jumping.

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10. How many years have you been riding?
I’ve been taking lessons since I was 4-ish, so I’m going on 25 years or so.

11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
Moe gets spurs for dressage, both horses get a whip for any kind of jumping. I hate carrying dressage whips, even though I think I’m going to have to start using one with Moe.

12. Your first fall?
Apparently, it happened when I was a baby and my mom’s Arabian gelding threw us both off! The first fall I remember occurred when I was about 4; my naughty Shetland pony Daisy tossed me off and galloped away down the road.

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
I had a very quiet dressage ride on Moe yesterday morning. We worked on our walk-trot transitions and halting.

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
My saddles, an Ainsley XC Pro National and a King’s Sandringham.

15. How old were you when you started riding?
I started lessons when I was around 4 years old, around the same time I got my first pony.

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16. Leather or Nylon halters?
Rope halters all the way! Once Gina realized the halter wasn’t going to break, she’s stopped pulling back so much while tied and instead sulks and licks the rail she’s tied to.

Rope halter = perfect for Gina

17. Leather or Synthetic saddles?
Leather!

18. What “grip” of reins do you like?
I prefer rubber reins for all sorts of riding.

19. English or Western?
English!

20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
Two

21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board?
Both horses are on full board; I enjoy a very small discount in exchange for their use in the barn’s lesson program- otherwise, they wouldn’t live in such luxury!

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved?
I haven’t, and I do not look forward to the day that happens. (Note to ponies: just die quietly on your own, you guys.)

23. How many saddle pads do you have?
Three dressage (two schooling, one show), six all purpose (four schooling, one for XC, one white for show jumping/foxhunting).

24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul?
I was on #TeamSlantLoad for many years, but since acquiring the new trailer, I’ve come to really like the way the straight load hauls! Plus, ponies seem to have so much more room in the straight load.

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25. Why do you ride?
It’s fun, I like ponies, and it’s a good way to spend time with friends!

Hunter/Jumper questions

Hunter/Jumper questions

Hunter/jumper friends, I need your help. Though I spend a lot of time hanging out at h/j shows for work, I’m thoroughly confused about a few things- help me out! What is an “add back”? I kept hearing announcements about this and seeing it in […]

HFH hunter pace recap

HFH hunter pace recap

The Harvard Fox Hounds hunter pace is one of my favorite events of the year; I’ve been several times on Gina and always had a blast. I was super excited for this year’s event because I was on a team with my foxhunting friends instead […]