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Blog Hop: 25 Questions

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1. What is the first thing you do when you get to the barn?

Tricky because my horses are at home, so the first thing I do when I get there is change out of work clothes and then bring all three in for dinner. If I’m riding that night, I leave the other two in their stalls and bring Eeyore out to the cross ties to groom and tack up. Then once the ride is over they all get put back outside for the night.

2. Is there a breed that you would never own?

Probably not a mini ever. I don’t see any point where we would need one, but other than that I am open to just about anything that fits me. I’d love to own a pair of Clydesdales one day and have a cart for them to pull. Dreams…

3. Describe your last ride?

I just posted about it, but in general it was fantastic. Eeyore got down to busy with minimal convincing, he tackled the ground pole exercise a week before he couldn’t figure out and everything was peaches and cream.

My favorite picture of him to date. Even if he was an asshat immediately after taking this

4. Have any irrational riding fears?

It is weird because most things that I am perfectly fine with out on trail with varied terrain and all sorts of uncontrollable factors simply terrify me in the arena. Like, why? There is a fence and even if the horse goes a bit too fast where are they even going to go?? Around the circle again? I think it is something about that big open space without trees and turns to stop them that freaks me out a bit. Or the fact that I am 100% responsible for everything in the arena whereas out on trail, the trail itself dictates a lot. I don’t know.

5. Describe your favorite lesson horse?

I never really rode lesson horses. My riding education was on the back of my aunt’s TWH out on the trail. My favorite was a huge chestnut with a wide white blaze and two white socks. His name was Somorrow and he was amazing. He LOVED to explore the world and always wanted to see what was around the next bend or down a different trail. He never spooked a single time in all the thousands of miles, enjoyed a good swim in the river on a hot summer day and was the best companion I could have asked for.

6. Would you ever lease out your horse?

I think the better question here is if anyone would ever want to lease one of my horses…LOL! None are super polished or easy, so I don’t think they would be hot commodities to anyone but me. I thought about it for a while when Gem was in her endurance prime. Someone who had more time to campaign her could have won many races. She was a machine at her finest. But…eh…she never cared about her record and I am a control freak and would never forgive myself if I leased her out and she came back injured, so she stayed with me. Maybe one day if Eeyore is better trained and is ready to step down but not retire fully, I will lease him out. I don’t know.

A lizard came to visit us the other day. Anything that eats insects is welcome at the farm

7. Mares: Yay or neigh?

It all depends on the specific horse. Eeyore is more mareish than Gem ever was. He has a better mare glare and more personality. She was very work like and aloof.

8. How many time per week do you get to see your horse?

Seven, but that is cheating a bit since they live outside and I bring them in for feed every day. When I boarded it was 3 times a week on average. I ride 2-3 days a week if I am lucky and the stars align. Having them at home is a life saver for me.

9. Favorite thing to do on an “easy day” with your pony?

Spa days are my favorite easy days. A full body scrub down, shampoo, conditioner and finish off with Asorbine Cool Down lineament rinse. Manes and tails included. If it is an easy riding day, some light w/t/c work to stretch the legs in the arena. Riding out in the field isn’t mentally easy on either of us just yet.

I have never seen a horse enjoy a roll as much as he does. He will even dig with his front hoof to bring up more dirt. Filthy pig of a horse

10. Conformational flaw that bothers you the most?

A long back. It is just so unappealing to the eye and in my limited experience is a big weak spot. Give me a short backed horse any day even if it gives less real estate for a saddle.

11. Thing about your riding that you’re most self conscious about?

Probably how easily I can talk myself out of doing just about anything. Does that jump that is only 2″ look a little scary? Brain says I’ll die? Then no way! I’m getting bolder and more willing to try things looking through my new orange ears, but it will take some time to become a braver rider.

12. Will you be participating in no stirrup November?

No. I did enjoy 2pointober and saw an improvement in my position with that and have incorporated more two point into daily rides, so maybe I’ll brave no stirrups in the same manner at some point.

Love his playful smooshy face and donkey ears

13. What is your grooming routine?

Eeyore is sensitive and does not like the curry or a stiff brush, so currently am using a soft brush all over and then pick his feet out, apply whatever concoction they require at the moment, apply fly spray and then tack. His mane and tail are pretty pathetic, so I leave those alone. Someday I want to get a brush set that is above TSC quality and see if I can’t get a better grooming routine that he tolerates.

14. Describe a day in the life of your horse?

Eat, sleep, play with Pete, sleep some more, eat some more. He is outside 24/7 in a large pasture with lots of room and natural shade. They move around a lot and utilize the entire thing nicely. He gets brought inside to eat morning and evening and is kicked right back out still chewing his last mouthful or else he will start to eat his wood door. Some days I ride after he eats dinner.

15. Favorite season for riding?

Fall has always been my favorite time to ride. It really is the perfect combination of weather, lack of bugs and daylight remaining to make it possible.

IT is very hard to get a good picture of anything but his very large nose

16. If you could only have 1 ring: indoor or outdoor?

I’m going to cheat here and say a covered. Honestly down here a full indoor wouldn’t really be needed since most days are nice enough to ride outside. There are cold and rainy days though that a covered would be really nice. Plus the added benefit of shade. So..covered.

17. What impresses you most about the opposite discipline (english vs. western)?

Well, I have ridden both and I must say that in general (oh boy I can already hear people getting their panties in a twist up in here) western folks have a better relationship on the ground with the horse. It seems more horsemanship and daily care is provided with western versus the english disciplines where being more of a jockey with grooms and full time care is more tolerated.

18. You have unlimited funds to buy one entire tack set for your horse, what is he/she wearing?

CWD. I fell in love with it when I rode a potential horse in the get up. Too expensive for my blood though.

He is the perfect match for the carolina red clay soil.

19. How many blankets do you have? When do you blanket?

Each horse has 1 medium weight. Gem actually also has a light weight and a fleece cooler but neither get used. I only blanket when it is below 40F with precipitation. Otherwise they have thick winter coats, plenty of forage and enough natural shelter to stay warm on their own.

20. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Favorite place to be scratched?

Stud Muffins are the biggest hit. You apparently can’t beat molasses and oats. He likes carrots too, but has turned up his nose to some other stuff I have tried. Gem only likes carrots and will spit everything else out. Pete adores mints and will suck on a single hard mint for 10 minutes of bliss. Gemmie loves the inside of her right ear scratched. She makes the most adorable face while doing it and really leans into it. Don’t touch the left ear though. Pete’s favorite is in between his front legs right between the muscles. Eeyore loves a good butt massage. He blisses out to that pretty hard.

21. Something about your barn that drives you crazy?

Hmmm….my biggest complaint at the moment is how dirty it is. The dirt floor is ok, but it is 3″ thick with loose dirt and needs scooped up and watered to take that down a hundred notches. The individual rooms (tack, feed, bathroom, etc..) have walls but no ceiling so all that dust from walking settles on to everything. It drives me crazy. Nothing stays clean for more than a day and I am very tired of cleaning my tack all the time only to see 1/4″ of dust a couple days later. The hubby is currently working on making me a new grooming cabinet in the wall by the cross ties but then his next project is building me ceilings.

Before he faded for the summer his coat was a gorgeous copper penny this spring.

22. Roached manes, pulled manes, or long flowing manes?

Gem and Pete are long and flowing. I prefer it when the horses live outside as it does provide extra protection from bugs and weather. Eeyore has a funky mohawk at the moment that I sorta love. It is partially spiky, partially floppy and all adorable.

23. Can you handle a buck or a rear better?

Ugh I hate both. I don’t think I’ve ever really ridden a horse with a true buck or rear. Eeyore likes to threaten but his rear is coming up off his front feet all of 1″ and then he thinks he was a bad ass. I’d say neither.

24. I would never buy a horse who ___________________?

Who knows at this point? I’d like to never buy another horse who has crap feet because this road sucks to go down. A horse who truly bucks or rears would be a big no. I also passed on a good horse because he was psycho in the cross ties and I have a kiddo so they must always be safe on the ground no matter what.

25. Favorite facial marking?

A big bold white blaze especially if on a chestnut face. Swoon every time.

11 thoughts on “Blog Hop: 25 Questions”

  1. Oh man. I feel you about the dirt floor in the barn hahaha. We are always fantasizing about a concrete floor or even those magical rubberish paver things at our barn. It would be a DREAM haha

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    1. It is a big annoyance. If we could find the 100 hours we need to shovel it all down to hard pack and then water it, it wouldn’t be so bad. But that is the absolute last thing on my to do list at the moment because that is going to plain suck to do

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  2. I’ve ridden multiple disciplines, and agree with you on the ground work with western horses. When started early it makes a horse very safe to handle on the ground, and that can take the horse a million miles in long term care. Especially in a boarding facility where grooms know that your horse isn’t going to hurt them or cause a fuss. I know there’s a quote about the beat thing you can do for a horse is train it well so it’s well behaved for the future, and even when Tricia was an ass under saddle everyone would admonish me if complained because the 7 seven year olds could lead her in, and she was basically a laid back Labrador on the ground.

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    1. 100% agree. Even Pete who has been retired for 6 years now, has grund work reinstalled nightly on the way in to feed. He stands for the farrier and dentist and Dusty can draw blood in the field without a halter. Basic life skills are a must in case something happens and he needs a new home

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  3. a love a big bold blaze too ❤ also re: long backs, those horses often have more comfortable jumps to sit (vs cracking their back over everything) – you see it a lot in the equitation rings lol. too short of a back can make a horse less scopey, tho it's much easier to get them engaged and packaged up. all within reason tho, of course!

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    1. I can see what you are saying but for me, I like the short backed horses. A long, weak back just makes me cringe and I’m sure those in your example have long, but strong backs which is different.

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  4. i agree with dirt and dust. AND I have a concrete aisle and it is still dusty. I blow it daily and i love when it is clean (for the five minutes it stays clean). the dust in my barn is unreal. I dont even keep my tack out in the tackroom due to the dust! It is right now residing in our spare room (OOPS). ha

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    1. We thought about pouring cement, but everyone told us that cement floors down here turn into ovens in the summer. Our barn is hot enough as it is, so we will keep the dirt but ugh. It doesn’t need to be 3″ thick and loose.

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  5. I highly recommend starting out doing no stirrup earlier to build baseline fitness – just at the end of your ride at the walk that way the horse is too tired to take off or over and let him rest and you practice your position hard core, start at half a lap and just keep adding half a lap every week – you’ll be doing more and more before you know it.

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    1. That’s a good idea. I started riding Gem bareback in a similar fashion. After a harder ride I’d take off her tack while in the ring and then hop on bareback for a lap or two to cool out at a walk. Never did get braver than a walk on her. Maybe more no stirrup work would help with my ability to ride bareback too

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