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I Have a Type

I’m slammed at work, and way behind on gathering media from the horse show… so you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the epic New Vocations Charity Show recap. In the meantime, I thought I’d talk about my type. I’m sure you’ve had conversations with your friends about the ‘type’ of guys you usually like: their look, their personality. And if you’re an equestrian, you’ve had the same conversation about your horses. I didn’t really think I had a type (and admittedly, my sample size is pretty small considering I’ve only ever owned two horses)… but looking at these pictures, I can’t deny it. I most definitely have a type.

Earlier this week I was giving a friend a hard time about her type. She has two nearly plain bay OTTB geldings, who are built like brick houses — and she enjoys perusing the New Vocations website. She found one that was (you guessed it!) a nearly plain bay gelding solidly built, and she wanted him. She wanted him bad. In the end, we all had a good laugh about how she always picks out that same type of horses, wherever we are. That’s what she likes.

Mingo and Tucker
My friends horses: Mingo (left) and Tucker (right). Her type: nearly solid bay, built like a tank, OTTB geldings

You know what I like? A bright, shiny, chromey, chestnut gelding with a blaze face. Also? Good knees and a cute expression over fences are my Achilles heel. I came to this realization last night, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. This might be a little weird, but I have a photo of my first horse, Visa, on my nightstand. It’s my favorite picture of us in the show ring, and every time I look at it, it brings a smile to my face. Last night as I was getting ready for bed I looked at it and noticed I just got the exact same picture in the mail. But of a different horse, almost 10 years after that photo was taken.

Visa and Miles Jump Oxers
My type: chromey, blaze-faced bright chestnut geldings with cute ears and cute knees

Then I realized, I actually have a lot of photos that are really similar. Maybe it’s because despite the years, I still look the same — I make the same facial expressions, I ride the same way. Or, maybe, it’s because I most definitely have a type.

Visa and Miles Flat

Of course, once I went down this road, I couldn’t stop. Aside from their eerily similar markings (blaze, pink nose, front sock) and similar color (bright chestnut), theyย have a lot of personality traits in common too. A little pushy on the ground if you don’t keep up with proper manners. A love for jumping. Don’t mind clippers on the muzzle or ears, but don’t ever try to pull their manes. And they even have similarities in how they handle their jobs: great on the trails; easy, pretty much automatic lead changes; smooth, soft jump.

Visa and Miles Jump Headon

What can I say, I like what I like.

Visa and Miles on they day they each became mine
Visa and Miles, on they day they each became mine


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16 thoughts on “I Have a Type

  1. My first horse, Logan, is eerily similar to Copper as well where facial marking are concerned. Both have/had star, stripe, snip going on. Though Copper is taking the similarities too far lately in trying to be a hard keeper like Logan was…that needs to change. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. That is hilarious! I don’t have a type at all I guess? All of my horses have been quite different looking. Lydia and Simon look kind of similar, but I hated Lydia so I’m not counting that ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I don’t have a color type, but I love a strong personality that is hot and sassy. Literally all my favorites from childhood until now were opinionated and ran hot.

  4. This is such a great post! I can’t get over all the similarities!
    I currently DEFINITELY have a type since 3 of my 4 are dark bay with a star. I’m a sucker for a good jumper too! Hence where my baby Badger fits into the equation. Through the years though, I’ve had all different colors and breeds.

  5. That’s so funny. They really do seem like twins when you put them side to side like that. I’ve always just taken what was available, but Val and Stellar are both bay with a lot of chrome and huge personalities. If I’m being honest though, Beau is my dream horse!

  6. The only type I have is the ‘tall’ requirement. I have a hard time wanting to even look at a horse (to purchase) under 16.2. Other than that, build, color, personality, etc….I vary. Same with guys lol.

    But yes, you do appear to have a type!

  7. Amazing how similar they are, love the side by side comparisons…you definitely have a type of horse and a favorite type of photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. aw this is so sweet – i kinda love photo comparisons like this! i don’t have a type regarding appearances really, mostly bc i’ve never truly gotten to choose what i ride. but i *do* have a preferred way of going.

  9. Having a type is a good thing! It means you know what you like and get along with (most of the time). My type will always be Paints with lots of color and flash : )

  10. How interesting. I totally don’t have a type. I have types I like, but I’ve owned a TWH, an OTTB, a Friesian cross, and a mule in the last 5 years so no type.

  11. Your friend and I have the exact same taste in horses! Chunky, plain dark bay geldings – preferably with a straight or slightly Roman nose for me and big ears are a favourite.

    However, I ended up with two bright bay geldings despite my best intentions! My next horse will be the dark bay man of my dreams haha..

    Interestingly, my really good friend shares your type! She currently owns FIVE chestnut-with-bling geldings that show jump/hunt. Jumping is pretty much their fave thing ever!

  12. Oh my gosh this is too cute and funny! I don’t have a type when it comes to looks, but I always seem to end up with the little, very opinionated, stubborn, very smart horses and ponies with very strong personalities!

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