Saturday, November 30, 2013

5 Day Challenge: Day 1

Well, everyone is doing it so why not me?! This was originally done by Tracy over at Fly On Over.

1. Most influential person on your riding

This is a tough one because there really hasn't been just ONE influential or most influential person on my riding. Some for better some not quite as much but many have influenced me. I've narrowed it down to the top 3, though. First and foremost there was Donna. She was my very first riding instructor and the person from whom I bought my first horse Ghazal. She had to deal with me through the worst of my pre-teen and teen years so she deserves a lot of credit even if there are a few things I had to "unlearn" as I changed my disciplines later. The second person to really influence my riding was Patricia. I didn't get nearly enough time with her but she remains one of the best riders I've ever known personally. She was the first to introduce me to cross country riding. And finally my current trainer Lori has influenced me greatly. She pushed me a little more than was comfortable and in return has given me new confidence. And of course without her I wouldn't have Loki, so 'nuff said!

Perhaps my dream saddle would look something like this?

2. Piece of tack you'd love to splurge on

This seems like pretty much a no brianer. I would love to have a custom saddle, two really, one for jumping and one for dressage. I truly envy "normal" sized people who can buy used saddles with a good chance of finding one that fits reasonably. At this point I'm not even terribly particular on brand of saddle just one that fits me and my horse at the same time would be awesome.

3. Top 5 riding playlist

I have to admit I don't have any playlist for riding. I don't like the distraction.

4. Most important aspect of your barn

As a lot of people have said the people in a barn are what really determines how "nice" a barn it is and my barn is no exception. However, because I do most of my riding in the middle of the week day I don't really run into a lot of people. I have learned to enjoy the solitude. One thing I love about my barn is it's familiarity. I know this might sound strange but as I have had to move so often and have found myself in new barns a lot more times than I would like it is nice to have a place that almost feels like home. It gets old being the new kid at the stable all the time!

5. Three winter riding goals

1) Downward transitions! particularly from canter to trot. They need to get quicker and tighter. 2) Our canter needs lots of improvement to be ready for the show ring in the spring. 3) Strengthening my core and staying centered over jumps, scary or not!


  1. Yay! Glad you decided to join the challenge, haha. Sounds like the consensus for #2 is a custom saddle, haha.

    1. Yes, I think next to a horse most of us would love a custom saddle!