Monday 21 November 2016

November 10

How old is the youngest/greenest horse you’ve ridden? 

I've sat on late 2 year olds just so it's no big deal later. Actually ridden, like they're in work? I've ridden 3 year olds that weren't mine. With mine, I've waited until 4 or even 5 to really start them.

How old is the oldest horse you’ve ridden?

When I was a kid, we rode a naughty little pinto shetland pony named Chester up until he was 37. He lived until his early 40's!

Were you scared of horses when you first started riding?

I wasn't the most confident/outgoing kid in general, but horses didn't scare me.
G came to visit and offered to take pics. Proof  I'm not imagining it - I need a fancy camera to deal with our  never ending winter dark here.

Would you say you’re a more nervous rider or a confident rider?

Ridiculously confident with Bridget. Moderately confident on horses I know. Nervous of new horses or ones I've had a bad experience on to the point I don't ride strange horses unless I know them a bit.

Biggest pet peeve about non-horse people around horses?

Dog people who let their dogs run at, jump on, chase or otherwise invade my or my horse's personal space, on or off barn property. My weird sense of humor thinks it would be funny to let Bridget loose on the trail and be like "Oh it's OK, don't worry, she hates dogs but she's usually too slow to catch them. She's people friendly tho!" ;)

A time you’ve been scared for your life (horse related)?

Bridget fell on me a few months ago. The moment I was lying there watching her come down on top of me!
:) At least it's media?

Have you ever fallen off at show? What happened?

That time I was the only competitor in my division in a flat class and the judge joked 'just don't fall off'. Then, someone galloped up my green horse's butt, and...I fell off.

What’s a breed of horse you’ve never ridden but would like to ride?

Fell ponies look super cute and awesome.

Describe the worst behaved horse you’ve ridden?

Lots of babies with bad manners. When I worked at a trail riding business, some of those horses would figure out what they could get away with and could be a bit naughty. Quite a few biters and kickers there, and then there were the ponies! lol
Lovely jump standard

The most frustrating ride you’ve ever had?

I'm not a fan of adult horses with world experience that still tend to get so upset they lose all sense of self preservation. Particularly on trail rides. It's a bit frustrating and not something I'm overly happy or wanting to be patient about dealing with anymore. Fingers crossed, my cob girls so far seem to be quite good at avoiding Darwin awards :)


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    1. If I was tinier I would totally get one

  2. OMG falling at the show while the only competitor in the division.... That's like... Way worse than robbery haha. Omg.

  3. She has SO much reach with that shoulder. Dayum.

    1. She's actually really good through her shoulders and back, given her unathletic appearance :)

  4. Ries hates dogs. I hate them too. I warn everyone that he kicks dogs and has sent one to the hospital. If they chose to ignore me, I don't care what happens. I teach my dogs now to stay FAR away from the horses.

    1. I like dogs, but I'm so fed up with people treating me like I'm the one with the problem when I gently advise the dog is safer on lead with horses around. "Playing/friendly" doesn't mean jumping up and grabbing me or my horse is safe or OK. I don't even mention the cars, bikes, and ATVs we also share with. Not safe for loose doggies :(