Friday, September 13, 2019

10 Questions for September

I stole these Qs from Viva Carlos - her timing was perfect - as I'm in dire need of some content over here.  Things have been quiet and I've been a bit "meh" about things lately.  Work has been super busy and that leaves me a little drained by the time I get home.
1. Favorite quirk your horse (or a horse you’ve spent time with) has? 

Spencer opens doors - sliding doors, swinging barn doors, gates, trailer doors, you name it, he will open it if not latched.    It is funny if you are expecting it, not so funny if you get a door in the face.  Ask me how I know! 

Copper tries to get you to give him treats by smacking his lips and chewing and bumping your leg with his nose. It is not the greatest behaviour, but the lip smacking is pretty cute. 
Fred: he sighs when he eats his grain.  He gets a fair amount of food, so I guess it is hard work eating it all?

2. Three adjectives that perfectly describe your horse?

Fred: big, red, cuddly
Copper: little, red, cuddly
Spencer: grumpy, smart, full of attitude
Attitude? Check.
3. Plan your next ride. What will you do/work on?
Err...well...some news may be coming here so I'll leave this one for now.

4. Have you ever trained an OTTB? If yes, what was the biggest challenge?

I have not.  However, I did ride one when I first got back in to riding as an adult.

5. Have you ever groomed or worked for a professional rider?

A big fat nope on this one!

6. Favorite horse and rider combination?

I have to dig in the history books for this one, as I don't really follow any pros now.  My all-time favourite is Ian Millar (affectionately known here as Captain Canada) and Big Ben.  They competed in 2 Olympics (4th in the team comp. both times) and they won over 40 GP titles.  At the London 2012 games, Ian Millar set a record by becoming the first athlete in any sport, from any nation, to compete in 10 Olympic Games.   My friend's friend was Big Ben's groom for years, so I've heard a few personal stories about the pair as well, which is neat.

And while I don't follow any pros today, I do like to hear that Beezie Madden is successful - I lik hearing about successful horsewomen!

Ian Millar and Big Ben
7. Have you ever ridden a horse at the beach?

I have! In Aruba on these poor skinny horses.  Riding in other countries can be a little tough on people from North America who are used to more plump horses.  It was really fun though...the tour guide wanted everyone to walk on the beach. I pretended my horse spooked and cantered off down the beach...hahaha

8. If you could experience the equestrian community (i.e. ride and compete) in another country, what country would you choose and why?

Well, let's take out the compete part at this point in my life!  I would love to work on a cattle ranch in Montana for a summer or something.  And maybe ride in Ireland or the UK.

9. In your opinion, what is an item of tack that is given unnecessary hype?

I'm trying to think of something on the western side...they have these ugly "belt" headstalls that look weird.  Oh - and the bronc halters - those are weird, in my opinion!
I don't have a bronc, why would I want a bronc halter? Don't get
10. What was the first horse you rode called? Are they still alive?

The first horse I rode was an old pinto pony named Mary.  She was in her 20s at the time, so safe to say she is long gone over the rainbow bridge. 


  1. These questions are so fun, props to L. I picked Big Ben and Ian Millar too. They were amazing together. I also have always looked up to Margie since she's tiny and amazing. But I can't remember her with a specific horse, so I went with Ian. Ha.
    That photo of Spencer though! Lol, personality plus.

    1. Can't beat Ian. :-) Yes, he is Mr. Personality...

  2. Fall can be a weird in between season for motivation for some people, I hope you are able to shake your case of the mehs soon!

    1. Thanks - I think part of it is the impending doom that the threat of winter brings. And losing daylight. Ugh. lol

  3. oh man that picture of Spencer is awesome haha! and yea i'd love to try ranch riding out west one day too, even for like a vacation!

    1. agreed - ranch riding would be a great vacation!


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