Another fun day of Tracy‘s 5 day challenge!
6. Favorite equestrian book and movie
Oooo, that’s a difficult one. I kind of have the same answer for both… Black Beauty! For those of you who haven’t read the book, you really must. There’s a fantastic section in there about humans pursuing fashion in terms of horses, and the horses hate fashion and don’t understand it. The book was written in 1877, and the exact same sentiment holds true today. It’s a free download on Kindle since it’s a classic novel, so just go do yourself a favor and start reading it if you haven’t already! As for the Black Beauty movie… I cry every time the kids say goodbye to Merrylegs. Every. Time.
7. Most common riding misconception
I think for me, I have always thought that no matter how slow I am going… all the other horses are going slower. I can be doing the double ads, and I still feel like I’m “too fast.” I blame this all on my first 4H show that I was unprepared for, and thought my OTTB mare was galloping when really she was just doing the stride.
8. 2 riding strengths and 1 riding weaknesses
My lower leg is usually pretty strong. I’m not saying it’s unflappable, but it doesn’t swing and sway all over the place when I ride. Which is good… because I’ve worked really hard on that! I also have a decent feel when it comes to riding and getting my horse to use himself properly. With instruction, I can usually feel what’s correct pretty quickly and do my best to emulate that when I school outside of lessons.
My biggest riding weakness is that I looooooove to go slow. I love to add. I love the tiny distance. I love the tiny jump. That’s all fine and dandy with 2’0″ fences, but as I start to move up I really have to tell myself to GO FORWARD.
9. Least favorite thing about horses and/or riding
I hate how expensive it is, and I hate that horses often break and when they do… it’s expensive. Really I wish riding cost as much as soccer or baseball, because sometimes I give myself a hard time about the financial hardships it costs my little family unit. Oh, if money grew on trees!
10. What do you feed your horse?
Bad owner alert here… I don’t know? I mean he gets a pelleted feed my BO/trainer feeds and he gets coastal grass hay in the form of round bales and square bales. He used to get supplements but I noticed zero difference in him. I keep an eye on his condition and talk to my trainer if I see a problem, but he looks great so I have left well enough alone. You may now cast your stones at me!
Am I the only bad horse owner that doesn’t know exactly what their beloved ponykins eats? Don’t let me be alone here guys! 🙂