Alternate title for this post: Tracy is the worst blogger ever and is super behind on blog posts… and she still doesn’t have videos from the last show updated… or photos to share. I suck.
What do you consider “jumping high” for yourself? 2’9″ looks kind of big and gives me butterflies, but on a good day we can do one or two fences at that height. I still haven’t for sure jumped a 3′ fence yet, so that’s definitely really high for us. I spend most of my time jumping 2’3″-2’6″ right now, depending on the horse.
What are your short-term goals for riding? Over the winter I’m hoping to learn more lateral movements on the flat, improve my fitness by doing more no stirrup and two point work, as well as keep my confidence up on Miles. Winter is toughest for us, so I want to do whatever is necessary to not go too far backwards mentally with him. Do you think you’ll reach them? Yes! We’ve already started working on leg yields in lessons, and I’ve been able to work out a more substantial lease with Moiya for the winter months, allowing Miles to have some extra time off, which I think will help our mental states.
Long term goals for riding? I want to show in the 3′ Adult Amateur Hunters, and compete in a National Hunter Derby and do at least one high option. Do you think you’ll reach them? I think I will, I’m just not sure when. I’ve learned that sometimes horses go on the back-burner when other things in life become more important, so I don’t know WHEN my long-term goals will happen, but I know I’m going to work towards them for the rest of my life… and that’s a long time with lots of lessons to help me get there!
How many barns have you been at in your riding career? 6, although not all of them for very long. I tend to find a program I like and stick with it.
How many different trainers have you been with in your riding career? Again, 6 although some of them for not very long. I would say I’ve had 2 trainers who have really influenced my riding.
Ever worked at a barn? Yep! When I was a junior I did barn chores and helped with pony camps. It’s been quite a while since I have though.
Scariest thing that has happened at your barn? At my current barn we’ve only had one really sad accident, but I wasn’t close with the horse or owner, and I wasn’t present when it occurred. Pretty good for the 5 or so years I’ve been at this place!
Have you ever given a lesson? Not really. I’ve helped fellow amateurs by critiquing their rides when we hack together, and a few times I assisted my trainer with IEA lessons (but was not compensated). What level was the rider? Varied from intermediate/advanced friends to more beginner/novice juniors in IEA.
What is your opinion on the accuracy of critiquing riders online? Depends on who is giving the opinion and based on what. At the end of the day, all lessons and shows are somewhat subjective and indicative of the horse and rider in that particular moment.
What is the ideal height of a horse for you? I’ve found that I actually feel more comfortable on somewhat shorter horses… but I also kind of like to lope down the lines. So… ideally I’d love a hony with a huge stride, haha. Somewhere between 15.0-16.0hh is probably my ideal, although it also somewhat depends on how they’re built — I can go larger if the horse is more slab-sided, but if the horse is wider and has more well-spring ribs, I’d like shorter.