I have a few posts in the works, but nothing finished enough to post, so I thought I’d entertain you with a list of questions I stole from L Williams at Viva Carlos — enjoy!
1. Whats your horses name and how did they come by it?
I bought Milestone, “Miles,” with that name. I liked it, so I kept it.
2. What are your favorite breeches?
I wear Ariat Heritages, but I’m really coveting a pair of Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters Mid-Rise Side Zip. If anyone has a pair in 32 or 34 they want to sell me, I’d love you forever.
3. Tall boots or paddock boots and half chaps?
I used to ride in half chaps to “save” my tall boots for horse shows, but I’m funny about making changes right before a show. So when I started showing again, I rode in my tall boots all the time and haven’t gone back since.
4. What brand of tall boots do you have (if you wear them)? If you had an unlimited budget what would you get?
I currently have a pair of Ariat Heritage tall boots, which I like pretty well, although I wish they had the higher Spanish tops. If I could buy any brand, I’d probably took at Parlanti’s or Tucci’s… maybe even La Mundial.
5. Favorite Helmet
I’ve always had IRH’s, but I really want a GPA. Unfortunately I look stupid in Charles Owen helmets.
6. Shows or no shows?
Definitely shows. Ever since I rode in my first one, I’ve been hooked!
7. Jumping or flat work?
I would jump every day of the week if I had enough money to buy a fleet of horses to handle the workload! That said, you can’t jump without a solid foundation of flat work, and I think hacking really helps develop the partnership between horse and rider, so I wouldn’t want to give it up completely.
8. Hunters, Jumpers, Cross Country or Derby’s?
Hunters for sure — jumper courses are too hard to learn, cross country is way too scary and I’ve never done a Derby, although it’s on my bucket list!
9. What other disciplines have you ridden?
Mainly Western (pleasure and horsemanship), but also Saddleseat. I’ve ridden a finished reiner as well, but that was only once.
10. Dressed to the nines or whatever you can find when riding?
I try to not look like a total slob when I ride, especially for lessons. That said, I’m definitely not a very formal person either, so typically I ride in a polo or t-shirt, tucked into my breeches with a belt. For winter, I usually end up in a sweatshirt or jacket with my breeches.
11. Where do you shop the most for you? Your horse?
Hmm, probably mostly SmartPak for both, although I do make frequent trips to the local tack store as well.
12. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
I rode in a lesson last night, and we jumped, focusing on rhythm, balance and stretching up!
13. What tack do you use every ride/day?
Oh man, here’s the list:
Monocrown Bridle with D-Ring Snaffle
All-Purpose Saddle Pad
Lami-Cell Half Pad
ECP Wither Relief Pad
Professional’s Choice Girth
When I jump I add:
Roma Open Front Boots
Roma Ankle Boots
Velcro Bell Boots
14. What are your horses color(s)?
Miles doesn’t really have a color, per say, but most of my blankets/coolers are Navy, with a few black and hunter green ones sprinkled in. I like mostly traditional colors, color me a boring hunter rider, haha.
15. How often do you clean your tack?
I clean my bridle, bit and martingale after every ride. I can’t stand to ride in a dirty bridle! I also try to wipe down my saddle several times a week, as well as my girth. Oiling doesn’t get done as often as it should, and my saddle could probably use some more TLC… but it’s not #1 on my list.
16. What kind of bit do you use?
Plain old D-Ring Snaffle. I’d like to try a happy mouth on Miles though, just for kicks.
17. Mares or Geldings?
Geldings! I’ve got enough estrogen to go around!
18. What is something you want to improve on in your riding?
I really want to improve my form over fences, bending more at the hips.
19. Favorite horse-themed quote?
Hmm, I guess these aren’t really quotes, but I think the saying “healthy as a horse” is kind of funny: non-horsey people oftentimes don’t realize how ironic it is. I also really like “some horses come in and out of our lives, while others leave hoofprints on our hearts.”
20.What was your most recent equestrian purchase?