1. Favorite thing about riding? The feeling of connection with something that is much more powerful than you, and the way they teach you life-lessons without you even realizing. I love when you work with a horse and have that moment where you both click, and after that it's a real and true partnership.
2. Green horse or trained horse?
In my mind, a green horse is one that has had 30 days of professional training (or even less!) so a trained horse would be my preference. I don't mind that a horse has attitude or "bad days" but they should KNOW what walk/jog/lope and walk/trot/canter means and know all some novice movements quite well.
|Rest in Peace, Ponyboy <3|
3. Have you ever wanted to quit riding?
Kind of... When Cheyenne died I had a really difficult time coming back from it. I felt like the reason these horses died was my fault (even though I had nothing to do with it) and I spent a lot of time angry and guilt-ridden.
4. Do you prefer to ride inside or outside?
It doesn't matter to me - I've ridden both and I prefer outdoors if it is nice out and inside if it isn't.
5. On average, how many time do you ride a week?
Right now I am barely riding (sad face!) but in the late Spring once the snow finally melts I average about 3-4 times a week.
|Our little schooling show disaster.|
Embarrassingly enough, yes. I was riding my coach's Anglo-Arab and had a bad case of show-nerves and whilst doing a small 8" Cross-Rail course, my saddle begun slipping and I just fell off when I became unbalanced.
7. Do you have a private or group lesson?
I don't really take lessons anymore, but when I did they were both private and semi-privates (one other person). However, when I start taking more lessons (hopefully this year!) they will probably be group lessons.
8. In your opinion, does it make you less of a rider if you don't own a horse?
Heck no! It takes a lot of money, time and effort to actually own a horse. Leasing is a great option, plus you get to ride some pretty cool horses!
9. Do you plan on having horses in your life for the rest of your life?
A thousand times YES!
10. If you could ride any famous horse (dead or alive) who would it be?
I'd be cool to ride Peppy San - he was a badass little horse.
11. Does winning ribbons matter to you?
It does and it doesn't. There is always going to be someone better than you and it doesn't really matter much to me. So long as my horse and myself are performing to our best ability. Doesn't hurt to have our efforts rewarded, either.
12. Worst riding experience?
Eh, I prefer not to dwell on them, but there was one horse in particular that I just didn't mesh with and it really threw my confidence down. But, you take those as learning lessons and move on, which I did.
I don't think being petty gets anyone anywhere... Yes there are times when we dislike someone but I wouldn't want them to say mean/rude things about me and my horse. I am kind of passed the whole being jealous or bitchy stage and I think everyone deserves help and good experiences.
14. Describe the proudest or happiest moment you can think of in your riding career
With each and every horse I have ridden I have had proud and accomplishing moments, ones that I will treasure forever. For Suzie and I, riding bareback and bridleless was a large accomplishment, but moreso was being able to trail ride her without her throwing a hissy fit and rearing like she did to me previously.