Monday, October 31, 2016

October 10 Questions

Aside from some things brewing up in the next few days (hint: it has to do with a trailer ride to the vet, I have nothing exciting to report. The days are getting shorter and with that, the pony's are growing thick Winter coats (Spud especially).

Most of my pony-time is spent grooming, hand-walking, and sometimes even a quick bareback jaunt around the street. I have been an awful horsey-mom - I haven't even taken Spud out for a drive since our successful show-outing in August!

Blurry between the ears shot of my favorite red-head.
Things have been busy - work, winterizing, home projects, lack of daylight... and add the fact I have enrolled into school and everything is a bit crazy.

Without further ado, to show my diligent readers that I haven't died, here is a very late 10 Questions for October.

What do you consider "jumping high" for yourself?
I haven't really jumped much in the last three years other than entering Suzie into some 18" Hunter classes for shits and giggles (where we came out with some satin). Due to not jumping consistently the last few years, 2' jumps are absolutely terrifying to me. Back when I was jumping more, I was chipping away at jumping 2'6" comfortably and confidently.

What are your short term goals for riding? Do you think you'll reach them?
Right now, my goals are surrounding Spud (driving) since Suzie has been retired. My goal for next year is to qualify for the 2018 BC Heritage Finals.

In addition to the driving aspect, I plan on adding a new horse to my herd come Summer/Fall 2017.

Yes, I believe I will reach them... quite easily, in fact.

His hair is so thick it pokes over the halter.
Long term goals for riding? Do you think you'll reach them?
For the actual riding aspect, I'd like to raise a weanling and morph it into an all-around show horse (a large feat in itself).
For driving, to take Spud to the Heritage Finals and chip away at working towards competing at Preliminary at driving trials.

I believe I will reach them - there is nothing serious stopping me aside from funding and time.

How many barns have you been at in your riding career?
Three, but I haven't ever been to a "real" barn. Most barns I have been to have been privately owned and operated - not a "true" boarding barn.

How many different trainers have you been with in your riding career?
Oh god, quite a few. I enjoy training with an abundance of people (clinics), but have mostly been in a stringent training program with only two trainers.

23 years old and still looks pretty fab
despite such an awkward angle. sry suzie
Ever worked at a barn? What did you do?
Nope. We do not have any boarding barns where I live - all are private facilities.

Scariest thing that has happened at your barn?
Nothing too scary, aside from my own antics (read: leading a horse back to the paddock, slipping on ice, and falling underneath him).

Have you ever given a lesson? What level was the rider?
I've given friends a few pointers and such, but not really a true, structured lesson. Oh, I also did kids pony camps one year with a friend. All the riders were beginners.

A rainy day hand-walk. And why yes, that
IS Spud's dirty fucking back on the
right hand side.
What is your opinion on the accuracy of critiquing riders online?
Photos can be very misleading - videos are generally much better for critiques.
I try to avoid critiquing, simply because I don't like to offend people and if it doesn't affect me or my horses, I don't really care.

What is the ideal height of a horse for you?
People will laugh, but I prefer the 14.3 - 15.2 range. I'm a short rider, so smaller horses are much easier for me to ride.


  1. I love reading about your driving adventures with Spud!

    1. I need to go on some more adventures with him!

  2. Hope the trip to the vet wasn't awful :(

    1. We haven't gone to the vet just yet - will be going this weekend!

  3. I love smaller horses!! You are not alone!

    And yay for achieving goals!

  4. I too am good with the smaller horses! Sounds like you have some great goals ahead. And best of luck with school!

  5. Your goals will be fun to achieve. Good questions too. I think the smallest horse I ever rode was Dusty at 15.1 and the largest was my Erik at 17.3. Right now I prefer Blue at 15.3. So I guess it's love the one you're with. Haven't jumped in a few years but I loved it and do miss it. Just don't have a horse with good enough legs anymore. I guess the highest I've jumped would be maybe 3.6 but it was usually a course of 2.6 I think. It's been so long I don't remember exactly. Ok, before this turns into another post, good luck with school!

    1. 17.3?! That is HUGE!

      I prefer the shorter horses and smaller jumps, LOL!

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    1. if it weren't for the navicular and subsequent knee issues, she certainly wouldn't be retired!!