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
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|
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 it...at all...lol|
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.