Seven great things/strengths in your riding life
Seven great things/strengths in your riding life
- My awesome pony who is game for anything
- My trainer, who has been the greatest help to me overcoming fears and "really riding" my boy
- My supportive boyfriend. I've known girls who have guys that are jelly of their ponies. Seriously? Jealous of a horse?!?! Crazy.
- My own obsessive/compulsive brain that has fixated on horses since I was little, without it, who knows if I would've stayed the course
- Being in shape. I didn't realize it when I was out of shape, but being in shape really improves your riding all on its own.
- My ability to recognize, and maybe over-analyze, my weaknesses.
- My tenacity in overcoming the weaknesses noted in #6
Seven things you lack or covet for you or your horse
- A leather version of my current wintec dressage saddle. I don't need it. But I wantttts it! (bates isabell)
- A truck and trailer. Again, not necessary, and I can't afford it, but it'd be nice to have so that I didn't have to look for rides to everything.
- The finances and time to audit more clinics or lessons (also, more clinics would need to be held in the Denver-metro area). Hell - for that matter - partcipate in said clinics or lessons!
- The knowledge (or a person who wants to pass the knowledge on) of how to ride around a cross-country course.
- New show clothes (including a new helmet because mine got junked out by a family of mice this year... grosssssss)
- I wish I could NOT have adult ADD when there are several people in the arena with me. God my riding sucks when I'm surrounded by other moving objects.
- A beautiful, thick tail for my pony. Refer to post about his mullet-skunk tail.
Seven things that make you angry
- Horse people that share their opinions with me about me or my horse when I never asked for their opinion. Drives me bonkers. I just nod and smile and then completely ignore them.
- Mice in my tack trunk (happened once this winter, there was a family of 15 living in there), totally tramautizing. I now kick the crap out of my tack trunk everytime before I open it.
- Clinton Anderson clinics in the wrong hands (when used by someone who already knows what they're doing with horses I think some of the techniques can be valuable, but in the hands of the wrong person it can just be brutal and mean)
- When people watch me ride without saying anything at any point. It just makes me so squirmy.
- When my horse destroys a blanket or sheet (happens a lot)
- How my lunge line always gets tangled when I hang it up (how does that happen?!?!)
Seven things you neglect to do or cut corners on
- I never clip my horse's whiskers. He winds up looking like an old man until my friend Laura comes out, and then she'll always do it.
- Sometimes I'll lunge Gavin and hold my dog on a leash simultaneously so that I get to exercise them both (they're both cool customers about it)
- I never wipe off my boots or tack (shame shame shame)
- I need to return a girth I bought from Dover, but am too lazy to go to FedEx
- I just shove my coolers, fly sheets, etc in my tack trunk rather than trying to fold them neatly
- I like my pony to always wear a sheet or blankie so I don't have to spend so much time grooming and he's soooo shiny!
- I've stopped trying to properly loop my lunge line since it just tangles up anyways
Seven most expensive things you own for your horse/riding
- My horse, his trailering out to Colorado and his initial training. I don't even want to think about the cost.
- My Wintec (I'm pretty thrifty about tack). I bought it new, so I think it was $1200
- My new Tredstep Raphael boots ($500)
- Blanket/sheet collection - Rhino Wug, Rambo Flysheet, Mio liteweight sheet ($500)
- My Pink Equine bridle ($150) - pretty with purple rhinestone headband. Gavin looks very feminine in it ;)
- My barely used Silverleaf cob-sized bridle $150-ish. Trying to sell for $75 (if anyone is interested)
- Fleck whip - costly beating stick that I just have to hold to instill leg respect. Gavin doesn't get spanked often.
Seven guilty pleasures or favorite items
- Spending the entire time out at the barn primping my horse. It doesn't happen often, but when it does I enjoy it.
- Having the indoor all to myself
- Freshly trimmed hooves, and being told by the farrier that Gavin has wonderful feet
- Having people tell me how cute, sweet, etc. my boy is (I try to act cool, but I love hearing it)
- I do love my boots (they're almost totally broken in now)
- Taking off his blanket and having him just being glossy and clean underneath
- Watching my trainer ride Gavin (terrible I know, but I just get to sit and admire)
Seven things you love about horses and riding
- I love how I feel when I'm at the barn. I get to just focus on the horses, and feel more comfortable in my own skin than I do anywhere else.
- I love hugging my pony
- I love how I feel after a really good ride - just super energized.
- I love when I'm saddling him and he turns his head around to inspect my handiwork with those sweet eyes.
- I love the idea of constant, and never-ending improvement that riding offers
- I love the camaraderie you get with other riders, it's quite a community!
- and mostly I love horsey kisses on super soft muzzles.