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.
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.
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.
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), they 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.
What can I say, I like what I like.