Wednesday, November 25, 2015

25 Questions, Now With My Answers

Cathryn at That Red Mare started a fun blog hop to let us get to know our favorite bloggers a little better. I've loved reading everyone else's answers, so I'm having a whirl.

1. Mares or Geldings? Why?
100% geldings. I did mares. Never. Again.
she was a pretty thing
I agree that a good mare can be a good horse, but do you know what is so much easier to get than a good mare? A GOOD GELDING.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke?
Oh, fully broke ALL.THE.WAY. I'm poor and will start with greenies for the rest of my life, but I am oh so happy when they start acting broke.

3. Would you own a "hotter" breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).
I have a rule against Arabians. I can't afford Trakheners. My favorite Arabian quote came from an old school vet. An Arabian owner asked if a procedure could cause brain damage to his horse. Vet responded "Could you even tell?"

Ahem. I do have friends who have Arabs and they seem to love them. That is great. For them.

4. What was your "dream horse" growing up?
Oh, totally an Arabian.
this arabian
5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why?
It depends on the day. I collect bits constantly and love rotating them and playing with them. Right now, Courage goes in a sprenger kk ultra eggbutt, a knock off of that bit, and an ancient old single jointed d that's thicker than my thumb. Fun fact: he likes the last one best.

6. Helmets or no helmets?
Helmet. Every time, every ride.
except on very rare, very special, very supervised occasions
7. Favorite horse color?
Oh my. I love a good chestnut. The right shade of bay. I'm very pro buckskin. A dark, dappled palomino. A dapple grey as long as someone else keeps it clean. Anything with chrome.

8. Least favorite horse color?
I don't like blue eyes or cremello/dilutes. I don't like my horses to have chrome on their bodies, but heads is ok.

9. Dressage or Jumping?
Depends on the ears you're looking through. If in doubt, dressage.
no doubt
10. How many years have you been riding?
I rode in lessons from 9-17, then break for college. Now riding again and well past college, but not doing that math for you.

11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
I like spurs OR a whip, personal preference for spurs. Imo, if the critter needs both, I don't want to be riding it. Or doing that sport. Especially with that horse.

12. Your first fall?
I honestly don't even remember. I started riding on a 25+ year old morgan gelding who jumped 5' in a previous life and then gave lessons. He had a wicked dirty stop and it caught me off guard lots of times.
also came off this creature a lot, but i loved her

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Yesterday. We toodled. It's a very important part of our training plan. TOODLING. Look it up.

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
ummmmm. Dressage saddle, if you count the upgrades? It still clocks in at barely over 1k. I day dream about French saddles, but they aren't happening for a long, long time.
mmmm sparkles
15. How old were you when you started riding?
The ripe old age of 9.

16. Leather or Nylon halters?
Leather for me, the happy absent boarder. Nylon for day to day/barn help use.

17. Leather or Synthetic saddles?
My first saddle was a wintec that I saved up for and bought when I was a kid. I loved it very much. I finally sold it because I loved leather more than sentiment and I haven't looked back.

18. What "grip" of reins do you like?
I'm really not a rein snob. I have average size hands and can let my open fingers slip any material or thickness. My preference at the moment is for rubber-lined leather reins and I really want to get some with stops, but I also don't want to shell out for new reins. I also love nunn finer soft grip reins, all my PS reins, and the occasional laced rein.

19. English or Western?
English to work, western to toodle. Mostly because I have zero affinity for western saddles and don't really understand how to get in them, stay in them, or get out of them.
plus fun to have a different look
20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
Own 1. That is the best number for me. My obsessive energy gets confused when it goes in more than one direction.

21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board?
Board with mostly-full-care. Sometimes work off some of board. I've done self care (not a fan). I used to think I wanted my own place, but I really love all the amenities of boarding without having to take care of them, so who knows. I think my best boarding experience was working off board at a private farm with no crazy people. That was amazing.

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved?

23. How many saddlepads do you have?

24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul?
I don't have a trailer. Courage loads well in most slants. Haven't tried him in a straight load because none of my hauling friends have one.

25. Why do you ride?
Riding gives me direction, channels my passion, teaches me life lessons, and gives me something to connect to. When everything else is out of control, riding centers me. 

Gotta do something with all that crazy to keep normal people from seeing it.


  1. Baha, I toodle a lot too. Definitely a very very important part of the training process ;)

  2. I especially love #'s 1 and 3 :)

  3. Yours are the first 25 I've read - short, fast answers were much more interesting than the rest. Sorry to offend the rest of the blogging community. :0)

    Oh, and I wasn't even offended by the Arabian comment. Or the comment about not wanting to ride a horse with a whip AND spurs - I use both for my horses. You'll see that a lot in dressage - start looking for it. :0)

    1. 1) People like you do very well with Arabians and I admire that. I'm not like that.

      2) I guess my head is still in jumper land--whip+spurs means GO DAMMIT instead of highly refined aids. I don't have a problem ethically with using both, but it seems like a lot of work.

  4. And you used to have zero affinity for saddle pads;)

  5. Excellent crazy. And here I thought you didn't like linens? LIAR.

  6. Love the pic's of Cuna.

    I have worked with a few Muscat progeny. They all had the "Muscat dot" but not all of his foals did. He was at Karho on Bell Road for a long time before the market crashed and farms folded.

  7. Ok... when I got to your dream horse growing up, I cackled.

  8. lolz i giggled at every single arab reference here - *especially* as someone who never really cared for the breed but ended up with one anyway via super cheap lease. funny how life works out like that... also i think i need sparkles on my dressage saddle now.

  9. Thank you for participating! Loved the "Ayrab" references, lol!!

  10. I totally wish I had a set of western tack for pictures and toodling purposes.

  11. Arabians get a really bad rap, but they're some of the sweetest, most personable horses I've ever met. Though to be fair.... I'd never, ever want to ride an Arabian bred specifically for showing. They tend to be more fussy about *everything* - which is absolutely fantastic in the show ring because they're happiest with precision, but it can be overwhelming when you just want to hop on and toodle around a bit. (Which is, like, 98% of my riding time. Lol)

    And mares? I've never met a mare I didn't like. Maybe we bond so much better because my hormones are frequently excessive and over the top, too, so we "get" each other. And when your mare finally decides that you are an awesome person and they actually like you? *swoon*

    It's okay, though. I still like you. And we'll probably never try to get the same horse, ever, so we will never have friendship drama. (So long as you avoid me when my hormones are excessive and over the top. LOL)


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