|Also, this Unicorn. Ermagherd.|
Seven great things/strengths in your riding life
- Putting in the time and effort to get better is easy to me.
- Stickability, I has it.
- I'm fit and able to ride without making physical compromises.
- My horse is a good mover, and able to succeed at our discipline.
- I have really good body awareness.
- I've learned how to get any horse to accept and understand contact. (Thanks, Guinness...)
- I don't suffer from fear or anxiety when it comes to riding.
|My horse has mad ups, and I don't care who knows it!|
Seven things you lack or covet for you or your horse
- I envy girls with thin calves. I'm tired of trying to track down wide boots, and getting stuck in breeches. (It's hilarious. I fall down taking my pants off all the time.) There's lots of support for girls with body curves. What about leg curves?!
- A black sheepskin half pad, so I can stop getting my nice white one filthy.
- A nicer and more powerful truck for towing. The current truck is approaching the end of its useful life.
- A medium-weight blanket without any current holes. (I know rip-proof is impossible with my horse.)
- A younger horse to start bringing up the levels as Guinness and I advance.
- I envy those who keep their horses close enough to a trainer that they can lesson more than the once a month (or less!) I'm able to get.
- Money so I can enjoy my horses without completely sacrificing everything else. (Hey, all I want is some beer money ...)
(I also envy people who own horses that don't get this nervous about getting in the trailer...)
Seven things that make you angry
- Poor horsemanship, and a demonstrated lack of care for it.
- Instructors teaching obviously wrong information.
- Name-dropping. (Newsflash. No one thinks you're important.)
- Badly behaved dogs, especially if unattended (and especially if they're peeing on my things/attacking my dogs or horse/barking constantly).
- Riding a horse with mud caked on it.
- Bratty children.
- Loud children.
|If your children are bad, they will be fed to the dogs ... you have been warned.|
Seven things you neglect to do or cut corners on
- Keeping Guinness' mane the right length. (Let's just say I wouldn't feel out of place in a reining competition right now.)
- Cleaning my riding boots.
- Rinse my bit every day / wipe down my tack daily
- Enforce proper standing behavior during mounting. (We are so bad about this ...)
- Properly close/latch stall doors when dealing with Guinness. (Last month I left in him a stall with the door wide open, and went for a 4 mile run. Lucky for me, he rarely leaves a stall when left on his own.)
- I never thoroughly groom when my horse is wearing a blanket. (It may have been over a month since I've brushed anything but his legs...)
- Wash polo wraps regularly. (They may get laundered ... every couple months?)
|Hm, I've also never brushed his teeth...|
Seven most expensive things you own for your horse/riding
- Saddles ($500, $500 - provisionally sold, $1500 - for sale, $700)
- Horse Trailer ($2500)
- Tall boots ($250)
- Board ($210)
- Guinness ($3200 purchase price $8000 projected current value)
- ECP fleece pad ($150, gifted)
- Dressage show coat ($100, gifted)
|Anybody wanna buy a saddle?|
Seven guilty pleasures or favorite items
- Long trail rides with varied terrain and views.
- The ability to do recognized shows.
- Drinking wine at said horse shows.
- Jackets/coats/fleeces/zip ups for riding/working out
- Wearing sandals to and from the barn on hot days
- Having my trainer able to come to my farm. (I used to drive 4 hours once a month for her. This is so much better.)
- My tiny video camera, and people around who don't mind using it.
|I'm so lucky to be able to access trails like this.|
Seven things you love about horses and riding
- A facility with 24/7 turnout.
- The sound of a contented horse quietly eating in an otherwise silent barn.
- Doing my own horse's feet.
- The way a chestnut coat gleams in the summer.
- Seeing the world from between long red ears.
- Holding the end of my horse's leadrope and soaking in the feeling that he's mine to take wherever I go.
- Dat face, tho ...