I’m a little late on this blog hop, but it sounded too fun to miss out on!! Also, Im having a serious lack of new media… not sure why.
1. What is the first thing you do when you get to the barn?
Well, our barn is on our property so I’m out there every morning to feed the horses… but when I go out to ride, I’ll probably get my tack/brushes out first, and then go get Tanta/Rasty/whoever I’m riding/brushing.
2. Is there a breed that you would never own?
Hmmm… honestly I can’t think of one breed in particular I wouldn’t ever own. When I’m looking at a horse the breed really isn’t my topmost priority…
3. Describe your last ride?
Me and a friend trail rode over to our local riding club for a clear rounds day. I just rode in the warm up as Tanta isn’t jumping yet. But it was a nice ride, and Tanta was very good.
4. Have any irrational riding fears?
Not really? I mean, I get nervous sometimes, but… I don’t really have any irrational fears I don’t think?
5. Describe your favorite lesson horse?
That would have to be Lily, the black pony mare I rode when I was first starting to ride. She was the first horse I ever sat on and she was pretty awesome. Tbh I don’t really remember what she was like to ride (it was so long ago!) more I just remember loving to ride her. Then my coach (at the time, I have a different one now) suddenly sold her… I went to visit her a few times at her new home (it was out of town). Unless you can count Fox as a lesson horse!! Because she’s pretty awesome too…
6. Would you ever lease out your horse?
I would, to the right person, but not right now.
7. Mares: Yay or neigh?
I love mares! And gelding too. I really don’t prefer one over the other, it depends on the individual horse’s personality.
8. How many time per week do you get to see your horse?
7 as they are on our property. But I don’t normally ride everyday. Right now my riding schedule is sort of all over the place, but when my horse is feeling good I normally ride about 5-6 days a week.
9. Favorite thing to do on an “easy day” with your pony?
If I’m going to still ride I’ll do a bareback ride or a trail ride, or maybe a bareback trail ride. If I’m not going to ride I’ll just do a good grooming or give them a bath.
10. Conformational flaw that bothers you the most?
Hm. I’m no conformation expert, but I’m weird about the feet. Super small hooves freak me out, tbh. But that being said, Fox had a messed up foot when my coach got her, and she’s turned out pretty good. So I dunno really. Also Rasty’s lameness was 99% probably from the feet, so I’m extra paranoid about them now…
11. Thing about your riding that you’re most self conscious about?
Uh… it fluctuates.
12. Will you be participating in no stirrup November?
If my coach has anything to do with it than yes! Although it really depends… as long as my horse is not too hyped/spooky I normally but a bit of extra effort into it.
13. What is your grooming routine?
Get pony from paddock. If it’s summer, curry with a soft jelly scrubber, if it’s winter, I use hands on grooming gloves. If it’s shedding season I’ll then use a equi-groomer… a medium/stiff beastie brush if pony is muddy, otherwise skip this step. Then a medium/soft brush for the legs. Then a very soft brush everywhere/face. Then pick the hooves and brush the mane/tail. Fly spray/hoof conditioner as needed.
14. Describe a day in the life of your horse?
In the summer they are normally out 24/7, and in the winter/bad weather they come in at night. So… eat, hang out, nap, hang out, ride, hang out, run around like a crazy weirdo, hang out, eat, sleep… repeat. That goes for both of them, except minus the riding for Rasty.
15. Favourite season for riding?
16. If you could only have 1 ring: indoor or outdoor?
hm. I’d have to say outdoor. As much as I LOVE having access to an indoor, I think I would go squirrelly always riding indoors. I don’t mind riding in the rain etc, as long as the footing is still good… so all weather footing would be a bonus!!
17. What impresses you most about the opposite discipline (English vs. Western)?
I guess… a lot of the western horses that I know have really good ground manners… not to say English horses don’t/can’t have good manners, but… I feel like generally western people are better about training their horses in that way. Rasty has AMAZING manners, on the ground and under saddle. It’s mostly just his personality, but he was bred/trained to be a western pleasure horse… So I can’t help but wonder if that’s partially why.
18. You have unlimited funds to buy one entire set for your horse, what is he/she wearing?
that would be fun! I love my dressage saddle (and girth), but we would get some sort of custom jump saddle with purple details… and a matching girth. I can’t say for sure what style brand, as I’ve never tried any of them… can’t afford custom saddles! Haha. And Tanta would have about 245743 bridles, in all the different styles, because you can never have too many bridles. And… saddle pads/boots in all the colours! But mostly purple😉
19. How many blankets do you have? When do you blanket?
Each horse has 2-3 rainsheets with detachable hoods, a lightweight turnout, a medium turnout, a medium stable sheet, and Tanta has a heavy. I would like to get Rasty a heavy, too. Right now if it gets really cold I just layer his blankets… but it’s more work For me haha. And I have a nylon sheet (which Rasty won, but I never really have a reason to use it) and a ripped up fly sheet… it’s usable but just barely. So both ponies need new ones. Knock on so much wood, the bugs haven’t been that bad so far this year, but I’d like to have some on hand. On and I have a couple coolers… but they are Rasty sized and don’t fit Tanta very well. Sooo… I guess she needs her own. As for when I blanket, there’s not really a set temperature or anything… because they are on my property, they get changed around a lot depending on temperature, humidity, rain/snow, clip, etc.
20. What is your horses favourite treat? Favourite place to be scratched?
neither of my horses are picky eaters… they both love carrots though. Rasty’s favourite place to be scratched is his neck, and Tanta’s is the inside of her ears…
21. Something about your barn that drives you crazy?
huh. Not really anything? I mean, there are some things that’s aren’t perfect, and a bit annoying, but… nothing that drives me crazy… if we had better drainage outside that would be nice, as it sorta creates rivers outside when we dump the buckets. Oh wait- I know what drives me crazy. Maren is super messy in the tack room!!
22. Roaches manes, pulled lanes, or long flowing manes?
i like a neat and tidy mane-either pulled or trimmed with scissors. I personally use scissors, as I don’t really know how to pull a mane. I think I understand thinning the mane by pulling, but… how does it get shorter?? Lol. Right now Tanta has a long flowing mane… I can’t wait to trim it, but it also seems sorta scary… it’ll be such a big transformation-what if i do a hack job of it?!?! 🙂
23. Can you handle a buck or a rear better?
100% a buck. I hate rearing and find it super scary. Bucking… doesn’t bug me so much. As long as it’s playful/excited. I wouldn’t like to ride any horse who is trying to buck me off. Not to say that I think bucking because of being playful/excited is good or ok… but it just doesn’t bug me that much. If I fall off I fall off!
24. I would never buy a horse who
A) rears. Like I said above, hate it.
b) hates peoples/is grumpy and/or mean. No matter how wonderful under saddle, I just don’t find these horses enjoyable to be around.
25. Favourite facial marking?
I don’t think I have a set favourite… but I love asymmetrical markings. I’m particularly a fan of crooked stripes that go over one nostril… 🙂