Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Question Thing

The weather was so beautiful today but I still didn't make it out to the barn. The holidays are definitely taking up some of my time. I'm looking forward to Christmas but it will be nice to hopefully have time to actually see and ride my horse again when the holidays are over.

So in the meantime I'm borrowing these 30 questions originally seen on Viva Carlos. Hey, why reinvent the wheel?

1. If your horse could talk what would they say or what would they be like?

We jokingly refer to Loki as the stoner at my barn. His favorite thing to do when he gets turned out is to stand and get high (a.k.a. crib) on the fence post. 

2. If you were a horse what would you look like, what discipline would you compete in and what would you be like to ride? 

Oh, I would totally be a spunky little pony, probably a gray who would enjoy rolling in the mud and muck right after a bath and right before shows. I'd be a very forward, challenging and fun ride for kids who can ride well but surprisingly forgiving for the beginners and nervous riders. 

3. How many barns have you ridden at? 

This is a tough one because I've lived in so many different places. As far as barns I've boarded a horse I would say there have been at least 10. If I were to count barns I've ridden at but didn't board then maybe 15 or 16, but that is just an estimate. 

4. What kind of bay do you prefer? 

I like my bay the best of course but in general I would say I like dark or seal bays the most. 

This is the best bay for me, hands down.

5. Can you braid a horse's mane? tail?

Yes but not super well. I have braided Ghazal's tail before but it was many years ago and I wasn't the best at it even then. I really like the dressage/eventer look for tails better, mainly because it is easier. 

6. Do you believe you have to fall off in order to be a good rider? 

This is kind of a funny question. I don't think falling off will suddenly make you a "good" rider but it is important to not be afraid to fall and to realize that falling off will happen at some point if you ride long enough. 

7. What do you think is more important: eq or effective riding? 

Effective riding is definitely more important but funnily enough good eq generally leads to effective riding, not always but most of the time. A lot of it is about the "naturalness" of your eq. If you spend too much time worrying about how you look you will not be as effective but if your eq is good because it comes effortlessly from years of practice then you will be quite effective. 

8. Are there any "horse couples" at your barn?


9. Favorite treat to feed your horse?

Peppermints. I know, not the best thing to give him, but it is easy and he absolutely loves them. He can hear the crinkle of the wrapper from quite far away. 

10. Silly quirks your horse has? 

He really doesn't have many but lately he has decided that he really wants to know what I am doing. When I first got him I could stand him in the cross ties and groom him and pull his mane and just take my time doing whatever and he would just stand there. Now when I'm trying to brush his mane or I'm anywhere near his neck or shoulder he is constantly trying to back up or look back at me to see what I'm doing. It's really cute but a little annoying when I'm trying to pull his mane. 

11. Strangest thing you've fed your horse?

Can't think of anything strange I've fed him but the race trainer we bought him from said that he loved Doritos, not the regular flavor but some kind of spicy version. I can't remember other than it had jalapenos in it which I find very strange indeed. 

12. Have you ever made any horse friends through the internet? 


13. Would you buy horse furniture?

I guess, depending on what it was/is.

14. Funniest horsey moment? 

Boy, I'm not sure. There have been a lot of them over the years. Ghazal was good at making me laugh nearly every day. One of Ghazal's nicknames is mother hen because he was so herd bound. One time a large group of us went on a trail ride. It was very hilly and as we were coming down a very long, steep hill Ghazal and I were in the middle of the pack. Three horses got down ahead of us and they cantered off. When we got to the bottom there were still three or four other horses coming down the hill. Ghazal was practically beside himself not sure whether to catch up or wait. We literally cantered in place for a few steps while he hollered. I was so busy laughing at him it was pure luck I didn't slide right off. 

15. Post a picture of your horse (or any horse) making a silly face you got on camera. 

The best I could find tonight. This was Bugs and he was more interested in what was going on around him than letting me put his bridle on. Being short is a pain!!

16. What's a moment with horses you wished you caught on camera?

I wish I had more pictures of Ghazal when he was younger. The invention of digital cameras has done wonders for taking and keeping photos. 

17. How old was the youngest horse you've met?

One day old. My sister had her mare, Sharea, bred to Ghazal's sire and her horse Z was the result.

 18. Hold old was the oldest horse you've met? 

I've met some old guys before but I don't know the exact age, mid to late 30s easily. 

19. Opinion on colorful tack? 

Well keep in mind that I grew up riding long distance I'm pretty sure we invented colorful tack! Ghazal has a purple bridle somewhere. I don't mind it in certain disciplines but I have certainly come to appreciate nice, conservative leather. 

20. Have you ever tried horse treats? Hay?


21. Have you ever felt like giving up on a horse? 

Unfortunately, yes. A few years ago I thought Bugs was going to be my forever horse but we just never quite got it together. 

22. Tell the story of the first horse that you first felt "click" with you immediately.

Well, I guess the closest I have to that was the very first time I ever sat on Loki. I hadn't really noticed him much until that day when my trainer told me to give him a try but when I sat on him there was definitely some sort of magical moment that sure felt like a click. 

23. Ever ridden side-saddle? How was it?

No I've never tried. I'm not sure I would even want to. 

24. Most interesting place you've ridden?

Well riding down the suburbs of Okinawa to the beach and then into the East China Sea is pretty interesting I guess. 

25. What kind of horse do you like? (draft, sport, stock, endurance, etc)

Definitely sport and endurance horses are my favorites.

26. Do you feel like you have more patience with horses than people? 

Sometimes for sure. 

27. Is the horse you ride very vocal? 

Loki no but Ghazal, definitely. 

28. Ever ridden in the sunset? 

Yes, and at the beach at that!

29. How do you like a horse's mane (roached, pulled, long, etc)

Totally depends on the horse. Ghazal's mane is long and Loki's is short. 

30. What is your dream name for a horse? 

It changes. Loki was the name at the time I named Loki. 


  1. Bleh I haven't made it to the barn recently either :( I hope you have a great christmas! Enjoyed reading your answers- Bugs was really cute, too bad it didn't work out, but at least you're smart enough to know when it's best to move on!

    1. Yes, Bugs was super flashy, a gorgeous mover and very athletic. Unfortunately, he was chronically nervous and got to the point where I just couldn't enjoy riding him no matter what we tried. I sold him to a teenager who will hopefully do well with him. He was super sweet on the ground but just ended up being more than I wanted to deal with under saddle.