August 10 questions

I’m glad Viva Carlos’s “10 Questions” posts have made a return! I enjoy reading her answers and the subsequent posts from fellow bloggers!


1. What is your biggest source of caffeine that gets you through the day? (drink, not just brand)
Coffee. I drink two cups in the morning, but don’t consume much caffeine otherwise.

2. Do you honestly think your trainer is the best trainer for you?
Non-applicable, as I don’t have a trainer.

3. One token of advice a fellow rider/trainer/horse person told you that you still remember to this day.
“Dressage isn’t about ‘slow’!” An instructor at a pony club camp gave me this advice many years ago. I was frantically trying to slow down my horse during a test run-through, and the instructor stopped me to explain that while dressage work often looks slow (especially compared to jumping speeds!), it isn’t and shouldn’t be thought of that way.

4. If riding meant costing your family so much money that they’d be basically on poverty line, or making your family terribly unhappy (if they were not supportive or understanding, etc.) would you still do it?
Riding would certainly be one of the last things to go, were we in dire financial straits. As for my family’s unhappiness- I’m an adult, and while I don’t intentionally antagonize my family members, I also don’t factor their approval into every single decision I make. Johnny’s opinion certainly matters, but I have trouble imagining a situation that would lead to such mental anguish about the horses.

5. (Girls) would you ride while pregnant?
Were I planning to reproduce, I would definitely ride while pregnant. (I know many equestrian mamas who have successfully done so!)

6. How do you tell when a horse likes someone/has bonded with you or someone else?
I think basic body language is pretty telling- a horse with a relaxed expression, forward or neutral ears, a cocked hind leg, etc. all speak to a horse who’s comfortable with the people he’s around.


7. Are horses capable of loving, in your opinion?
Sure, I think so.

8. If you could have one horse from your past come back for 5 minutes, who would it be, why, and what would you do with them in those 5 minutes?
Oh, I don’t know. I’d probably take a ride on a Jethro, a sweet little Quarter Horse gelding I bought as a resale project in college, who died unexpectedly. He was a big-hearted and fun little horse that I always had a nice time riding.

9. Should a trainer also be a friend, or should it be a student/teacher relationship?
If I taught for a living, I think I’d prefer to keep a student/teacher relationship with my students. (This is the big reason I don’t take lessons from the barn owner- she’s a great friend and I prefer to keep our relationship strictly personal.)

10. One piece of advice/training you were given by a trainer or mentor that you look back on now and view it as incorrect?
Any advice that advocated aggressive riding to get a horse over an obstacle. (I saw a trainer throw a water bottle at a horse to get it to drop down a bank that it was clearly frightened of. At the time, it seemed like it was the appropriate way to ‘not let [the horse] get away with that!’ but now it seems like there’s definitely a calmer, less fear-inducing way.)

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

7 thoughts on “August 10 questions”

  1. Everyone is up on the Prisma app, huh?
    Did the water bottle thing actually work? I’m not actually opposed to the make a horse get over something or they’ll learn they can get away with it approach, but the water bottle throwing doesn’t sound like it would even work. It sounds like it would just make the whole thing scarier, right?

    1. It did get the job done- the horse leaped off the bank, clearly terrified. I’m not opposed to making a horse get over something either- I mean, I have certainly whacked Moe after he’s stopped at something, but I generally try not to make those reprimands scary!

  2. I actually happen to know a horse who is legitimately traumatized by the sound of plastic bottles. For probably similar (maybe worse) reasons.

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