Things are very normal and very boring here; Johnny and I are completing house projects (like our bathroom remodel) as we prepare to put the house on the market, I’m spending my days at work stuffing the mobile unit full of goodies, and both horses are in regular work with no surprising progress. Thank god for L. Williams at Viva Carlos and her questions. Since Emma at ‘Fraidy Cat Eventing has also answered them, can we just declare them the official blog hop of the month?
1. Do you actually always pick the horse’s feet? Always? Really?
Yes! Even when they’re muddy and gross. Too many years of Pony Club drilled into me, I suppose.
2. What is the biggest obstacle/reason preventing you from becoming a professional or competing full time with ease?
Location, location, location. Oklahoma isn’t brimming with top trainers or many competitions. I’m thrilled that another eventing schooling show has been added to the local calendar; it brings the grand total of schooling events to five (counting combined tests). In the entire state. The USEA recognized count remains at two.
I’m also not made of money.
3. Do you think it will ever not be about the money?
Of course not. Money is necessary to run competitions, and organizations have to pass this on to their competitors. The local dressage GMO held a two day rated show last month, and the venue rental alone was $6200+! If competitors want to ride at safe, nice facilities and have competent judges and show staff, it’s going to cost them.
4. Was there ever a horse that you loved and really wanted to have a connection with, but it just never panned out? Details.
Eh, sort of. I borrowed a horse from a fellow Pony Clubber for Rally one year. Bailey was a leggy 5 year old Quarter Horse gelding that was reliable and sensible. He was for sale, but no amount of pleading could convince my parents to buy him. I heard he ended up in Kentucky at a great home, so at least there’s that. (And I have Moe!)
5. What is one weakness in your riding that even your trainer doesn’t pick up on, only you?
Sitting too far to the outside while cantering a 20-meter circle. This answer is a bit of a cheat, as I don’t regularly ride with a trainer. I’m sure if I did, they’d notice. But at any rate, I have a tendency to weight my outside seat bone and stirrup way too much when I’m cantering on a circle. No clinicians ever seem to comment on this, so it’s either not as severe as I think it is or there are too many other things they feel they need to help me fix!
6. What is the biggest doubt/insecurity you ask or tell yourself in your head?
That I’m pushing my elderly horses too hard.
7. There is a barn fire. You are the first person to discover it and see that the roof is collapsing in slowly, and you can tell it’s going to come down any time. Do you call people first or head straight in to save the horses?
Provided I have cell phone service and don’t have to go into a house and remember how to use a landline telephone, I’d call 911 on my way into the barn to do what I could.
8. What is one event in your riding career/horse/anything that you’re still not over, even tho you might tell others you are?
Ugh. I think everyone knows that I’m not over living in the (comparative) eventing abyss. Also not over not taking a working student opportunity in favor of going to college.
9. If you could tell off one person you just don’t like, what would you say?
I’d tell those goddamn kids at the barn who take lessons on my horses to hang my fucking bridles up correctly, clean the tack they use, and never, ever leave another sweat mark on one of my horses again.
10. Have you ever seen questionable riding or training practices, but let it go/ignored it?
I often see horse training processes that I think are silly, but they’re ultimately not harmful, so I always let them go.