|This bloghop brought back so many memories :)|
If you haven't already taken part in 10 Questions for November, get on it!
1. How old is the youngest/greenest horse you have ever ridden?
I think the youngest horse I rode was 5. He was not very broke, but was a good honest horse that never put a foot wrong, which made it fun and easy!
2. How old is the oldest horse that you have ridden?
I'm pretty sure I exclusively ride old horses - a few of my old lease horses were aged 19-23. I also pop onto Suzie every once in a while for a short walk and she is turning 24 in May.
But the oldest horse would have to be a 31 year old Arab x named Smokey. To be fair, I didn't do much other than a 5min hack around the backyard though.
|The cutest old horse ever (other than Suzie).|
No. I loved going fast and once I knew how to canter, that's all I wanted to do.
This is a tough one to answer. I think I'm a mix of both - I start out nervous on a horse I don't know, but once I am able to read that horse and form a bond/partnership, I trust them more and thus, have more confidence in my riding abilities and their reactions.
|There wasn't much to fear with this guy.|
5. Biggest pet peeve about non-horse people around horses?
There are a few, actually. Here are some, in non-chronological order:
- That because I own horses, I must be rich.
- They do not understand that these big animals can kill you. It reminds me of that time I had a woman with a baby-stroller walk right up Suzie's ass during the tail end of a Canada Day parade.
- They don't understand that these animals cost a lot of time, money, and effort. ("What do you mean your horse needs it's teeth done?" "Horses have chiropractors?" "Can't it just eat grass clippings?")
6. A time you've been scared for you life (horse related).
When Suzie reared during a trail ride and I fell off. It was more of a shock than anything, and I certainly wasn't in a place where I would have gotten severely hurt.
In regards to fearing for my own horse's lives I would have to say the time Suzie colicked, and the time that Spud got away from me during a trail ride (I was ponying him) and ran out into the highway and was nearly struck by oncoming traffic.
7. Have you ever fallen off at a show? What happened?
|Note to self, do up girth next time.|
Marwari - just so I could stare at their ears all day.
But more realistically? Probably a Cob or Welsh-type.
9. Describe the worst behaved horse you have ever ridden.
In truth, the horse that was the worst behaved was really only that way because he just needed more wet saddle pads. Geronimo, if nothing else, was a testament to what hard work and dedication can do. I will always cherish the time I spent working with him. He was the most difficult, but by far the most rewarding.
There is more info in this post about him.
|I left out the rearing and emergency stop pictures. Those |
are in the other blog post about him that I linked to above.
|We even did the Jumpy stuff.|
10. Describe the most frustrating ride you have ever had.
Probably the first time I rode Cheyenne and he had no brakes or steering and he literally ran me into a tree. I remember getting a face-full of pine-needles. Super pleasant.
Or one of the many rides during the time Suzie had her trail-riding issues. She would literally back up and not stop no matter what I did - she would run into trees, down ditches, etc, and she also would threaten to rear.