Wednesday, August 17, 2016

10 Questions for August

A huge thank you to L at Viva Carlos for giving me blogging content when I don't have anything remotely interesting to share.

The most epic shot of Suzie, being Suzie.
The horse behind her is a 17.1h Draft/Tb X gelding who fell madly
in love with her during the week of the wedding.
1. What is your biggest source of caffeine that gets you through the day? (drink, not just brand)
I actually don't drink coffee, or many hot drinks for that matter. If I do have something with caffeine it is along the lines of Iced Tea (I live off of this stuff) or an Iced Capp from Tim Hortons (ocassionally).

2. Do you honestly think your trainer is the best trainer for you? 
Well, I don't actually have a trainer.  Soooooooo.... awwwwkward.

Fo real, tho:

I take lessons from a multitude of instructors and apply the things I find work, and discard the things I don't. No instructor is the same; and I appreciate the varying differences... so I tend to not limit myself to one exclusive person since everyone has something to share/teach.

 3. One token of advice a fellow rider/trainer/horse person told you that you still remember to this day. 
Your horse comes first, in all aspects.

 4. If riding meant costing your family so much money that they’d be basically on poverty line, or making your family terribly unhappy (if they were not supportive or understanding, etc.) would you still do it? 
 This is a bit of a "it depends" question, at least for me. There are a lot ways to get around a the huge cost factor associated with horses (free-lease from a friend, working for board, no showing/lessons, etc). I'd find a way to make it work and I'd pay my own way, which I have done for quite some time.

Completely abandon this?
I don't think so.
5. (Girls) would you ride while pregnant?
I don't know how I would feel about this until I actually am pregnant and going through it at the time. Who knows, maybe the morning sickness and associated nausea would make riding unappealing and I'd avoid it for that reason. Or maybe I'd plod along for the first few months and dwindle down in my saddle time. Again, it all depends.

6. How do you tell when a horse likes someone/has bonded with you or someone else? 
It's difficult to actually put into words - but you can just see it. When the person rides/drives them - you can just see the harmony and partnership.

So much love for this old mare.
7. Are horses capable of loving, in your opinion?

8. If you could have one horse from your past come back for 5 minutes, who would it be, why, and what would you do with them in those 5 minutes?
I'd bring back Cheyenne and we'd jump once more time.

I miss him and his beautiful soul so much.
9. Should a trainer also be a friend, or should it be a student/teacher relationship?
I think it is difficult when you mix business with pleasure. Having a friendly relationship with your trainer is fine, but a line of professionalism should always be there. For example, gossiping about other clients or horses is a no-no.

10. One piece of advice/training you were given by a trainer or mentor that you look back on now and view it as incorrect?
To lunge a colicking horse.


  1. Ha ha. I love the mare face in that first picture.

  2. Who wouldn't love that "Suzie" face. She's a character!

    Great questions. I could answer all but my favorite is what horse would I like to have back. With out a doubt my heart horse Erik just so I could hug him one more time. No one on the blogs knows about him but he was my best friend.

    1. You should share some photos and stories of Erik on your blog - he sounds like a wise fello <3

  3. aw i <3 that Cheyenne pic too :) great answers!

    1. It's one of my favorite photos of him and I :)
      When I jumped him, I had no fear <3

  4. If a horse could snarl, that would be Suzie snarling in that photo. That nose wrinkle is the best!

    1. If she could growl, I'm sure she would. LMAO

  5. I might have to do this one!

    And lunging a colicing horse?! YIKES.

  6. Oh wow lunging a colicing horse, I've never heard that one before yikes!