Monday, November 16, 2015

TRM November BlogHop: 25 Questions

I don't have a special bloghop photo, so this will have to
Feel free to play along and let me know you've participated in the 'hop' so I can add you to the list! I don't know how to do that fancy bloghop thing, so you'll just have to bare with me!

Here we go!

1. Mares or Geldings? Why?
Had you asked me this question before I owned Suzie, I would've said "geldings all the way!" But time has a funny way of changing people. I can't say I'm a 100% mare fan or an 100% gelding fan - so long as they are a good horse and fit my requirements, I don't care what the gender is.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke?
It kind of depends what I want them for and how "soon" I want to progress with them. I wouldn't mind a green-bean, but the horse would have to have the right brain on it (ie. Spud). In regards to wanting to show and place in classes, I'd want something fully broke. Not saying I want a robot or anything, but something that has "all the buttons".

3. Would you own a "hotter" breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).
I don't think I would, no. I don't mind them, but just prefer other breeds/temperaments.

I always envisioned something like this - light palomino
and a sweet looking face.
4. What was your "dream horse" growing up?
A Palomino mare named "Serendipity". Haha!

5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why?
Suzie has three different bits - one is a regular french-link loose-ring snaffle, another is a french link happy mouth, and the last is a dog-bone argentine bit (western). I actually plan on "upgrading" to an copper mouth eggbutt with lozenge.

6. Helmets or no helmets?
I wear my helmet 98% of the time and encourage others to do the same.

I'm drooling!
7. Favorite horse color?
I'm actually a pretty big fan of chestnuts, haha!

8. Least favorite horse color?
Probably black/white paints. They just look cow-y to me.

9. Dressage or Jumping?
I like both equally.

10. How many years have you been riding?
Counting this year, it'll be the big "1-0"!

I use a whip for driving, and not much else!
11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
I ride with spurs most of the time - I do not ride with a whip, though. I do drive with a whip.

12. Your first fall?
I don't really remember any fall as being "the first", but I'll go with one that I think was quite close to being numero uno. I was trotting Mac (palomino gelding) down a dirt road and just got bounced right off his back. Pretty anticlimactic, haha.

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
I actually rode Suzie-mare a few days ago and we did some Dressage. She was pretty good for not having done much of anything since the end of September.

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
My Bates Innova dressage saddle is the most expensive.
My first show on my coach's mare, Annie.
15. How old were you when you started riding?
Well, I "rode" at trail rides/dude ranches since I was probably 8-9, but I didn't begin actual riding lessons until age 13-14.

16. Leather or Nylon halters?
Either or - I don't leave them on the horse so I needn't worry about them getting caught up in it in the pasture.

17. Leather or Synthetic saddles?
Leather all the way.

Not necessarily this color.
 18. What "grip" of reins do you like?
I prefer the webbed ones - laced reins suck.

19. English or Western?
I prefer English but I don't mind Western.

20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
One and a half (Spud doesn't count as a full horse, haha).

It's nothing special, but it works.
21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board?
I rent out the barn/pastures but I self-care and maintain the horses/barn.

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved?
No, I haven't had to make that decision. But I have had lease horses pass away suddenly and also one was euthanized. As far as my own? I don't like to think about it.

23. How many saddlepads do you have?
Oh god, I probably have 4-5 Western pads and somewhere between 10-15 English pads.

24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul?
I like the angle hauls better, but starting out with a straight haul is ok too.

25. Why do you ride?
This is kind of a loaded question (in a good way!). I ride because it makes me happy, it frees me and it brings me so much joy.

That Red Mare Bloghop: 25 Questions
1. That Red Mare
2. Poor Woman Showing
3. Fraidy Cat Eventing
4. Something To Talk About
5. Four Mares. No Money.
6. The Story So Far 
7. Everyday Equestrian
8. Racing to Ride
9. Pony Express
10. Vintage Virgina
11. The Pilgrim Chronicles
12. Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management
13. Hopeful Jumpers
14. Bays Over Baes
15.Canter and Candor
16. Oh Gingersnap!
17. The Graduated Equestrian
18. Howling Owl Farm
19. Topaz Dreams
20. My Secret Garden: A Pony Tale
21. the $900 Facebook pony
22. Thoughtful Equestrian 
23. Breeches and Boat Shoes
24.Sprinkler's Bandit
25. Fly On Over
26. Cob Jockey
27. Living With Athena
28. The Moody Mare
29. Equestrian Journey


  1. i very badly wanted a palomino pony growing up too :) love the questions - will definitely participate!

    1. Woohoo! I'll be sure you link you into the post :)

  2. I will definitely participate :) nice questions

    1. Fantastic!!

      Can't wait to see your answers!

    2. Here is my link

  3. I'll be jumping in on this band wagon!

  4. I've participated. Thanks for the hop!

  5. I hoped on the train too!

  6. Yay blog hop! I'll get in on this!

  7. Mine will be up in the morning. Thanks for the blog hop!

  8. Thanks for making this. I participated!

  9. Thank you for the blog hop! I participated!

  10. I joined in too!

  11. I joined in as well!

    1. Fantastic!! Thanks for joining - I've added you to the list :)

    I hopped on in! :)

    1. Hooray!! Thank you. I've added you to the list

  13. Replies
    1. Thank you for participating :) I've added you to the list!!

  14. I just posted my answers! Thanks for a great blog hop.

    1. Fantastic!! Thank you for participating :) I've added you!

  15. Thanks for the great blog hop! Here's my link:

  16. A little late, but I'm in!

  17. I'm a bit late, and quite new, but would love to participate!

  18. I'm even later, but couldn't resist.

  19. I literally only just started my blog but since I wasn't quite sure what to write about I hopped on this.

    1. No worries - thanks for playing. I'll add you in!

  20. Thank you very much for giving me something to post about!

  21. Yay someone told me you were the creator of this fun blog hop! I posted it here It was fun! Thanks!

  22. Hi, such a great idea so I participated as well!! :)