My first 3 horses were all mares. The first two were great - opinionated, but knew when to back down. The third was a demon-child. She was super fancy and athletic and super opinionated and picky. After her, I decided I wanted to stick with geldings for a while because I wanted a horse with a little less "personality". I love my current guy - opinionated enough, but has no desire to be the boss of anything but his little herd in the field.
Green Broke or Fully Broke?
I usually end up going for the green broke due to money restraints, and the fact that I love the bond that the training process creates.
Would You Own A Hotter Breed?
I currently own an OTTB, so I would say yes, I would.
What Was Your Dream Horse Growing Up?
My dream horse growing up was an upper level eventer. Didn't matter what breed as long as the potential was there to do a */**/***/****
What Kind of Bits Do You Use And Why?
Ha - just did a blog post on this. For dressage we use a full cheek Dr. Bristol because the stability of it helps to compensate for my busy hands, and he likes it. For jumping we are currently in a double jointed 3 ring elevator with the reins on the loose ring portion. It gives me the little bit of extra whoa that I need since Otter likes to get a little strong and on the forehand while galloping. After the show is over next weekend, I think I'm going to experiment with a wonderbit to see if it gives us the same control without the extraneous rings.
Helmet or No Helmet?
Helmet. Always. When I was younger I used to ride without one occasionally, especially if I was just going to be doing flatwork. One of the days I was just doing flatwork, while I was tacking up, I had a feeling that I should just wear a helmet that day so I put one on. During our ride, my mare spooked and flipped over on me, crushing my knee. Not sure what would have happened if I hadn't been wearing my helmet, but so glad that I was that day.
Favorite Horse Color?
Bays, black and white paint or a nice dark dapple grey
Least Favorite Horse Color?
Dressage or Jumping?
How Many Years Have You Been Riding?
Spurs/Whip or No Spurs/Whip?
It depends on the situation. XC and XC schooling we use both. Jumping at home we use nothing, and dressage we use nothing unless Otter needs a friendly reminder about where his hindquarters are supposed to go, and then I will pick up a whip for a few minutes
Your First Fall?
Too young to remember. Probably around 4ish. I had a pony - enough said.
When Was The Last Time You Rode And What Did You Do?
Last time I rode was Thursday night and we did flatwork since nobody else was at the barn (my barn owner who lives on property and I have a light/time system so she knows I am ok)
Most Expensive Piece of Tack You Own?
My jumping saddle. Collegiate Beta - not the fanciest thing, but fits us both well.
How Old Were You When You Started Riding?
Probably around 1? I was thrown up on the back of a horse as soon as I could sit up.
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Leather or Nylon Halters?
For around the barn, I don't mind nylon; but if a horse is getting turned out in a halter - either leather or nylon with a breakaway strap. Show and trailering always get leather.
Leather or Synthetic Saddles?
What Type of Reins Do You Like?
English or Western?
How Many Horses Do You Currently Own/Lease?
Do You Board Your Horse? Full Board? Self Care? etc.?
Board - Full care
Have You Ever Put Down A Horse You Loved?
How Many Saddle Pads Do You Have?
Let's not count those - I might have a problem.
Slant-Load or Straight-Load Trailer?
My horse seems to be most comfortable in slant loads - The one time he was in a straight load since I had him, he seemed really confused by it. I think he would enjoy a straight load though, since he likes to stand as parallel to the trailer walls as he can.
Why Do You Ride?
I ride because it's something I've done my whole life. I love the bond I have with my horse and I enjoy the feeling of brushing him down, cleaning tack and a good ride.