25 Questions – Blog Hop

Stealing from Viva Carlos – hope no one minds if I play along πŸ™‚

1. What is the first thing you do when you get to the barn?
I’m not totally sure what my new routine will be- this is the first time I’ve ever boarded a horse of my own. All my previous boarding barns have been schooling horses so the #1 thing was so who I was riding on a given day. Family horses kept at the family farm, the first thing was to go say hello to my grandparents- and then go catch my horse! πŸ™‚ With Dunny- I don’t know until I get him here and can figure out what works for him.

2. Is their a breed that you would never own?
I’m a lot more interested in the right horse for me than any particular breed. But my interests lean more towards stock horses or gaited horses than jumpers or serious dressage, so I probably wouldn’t shop for a warmblood and TBs are lower on my list.Β  I do love drafts, though.

3. Describe your last ride?
I think it was tooling around the pasture with a halter on my haflinger mare the day before her new owner picked her up, a week before I moved back to Texas.

4. Have any irrational riding fears?
They’re all perfectly rational fears, thank you very much. πŸ™‚ Falling is #1, followed by getting run off with. (And I’m less afraid of the speed than I am of the falling off at speed.)

5. Describe your favorite lesson horse?
Probably the horse I rode in HS- who is the reason I wouldn’t TOTALLY rule out a TB. πŸ™‚ He was a big chesnut gelding named Copper and he not particularly fast or scopy but he was reliable, had a ton of personality, and was very honest. πŸ™‚

6. Would you ever lease out your horse?
I mean, I’m a trail rider. Not much market for it. I might free lease an older horse to someone as a retirement home/occasional kid horse but I don’t much see it as being practical.

7. Mares: Yay or neigh?
Dunny is my first ever gelding, if that answers the question.

8. How many time per week do you get to see your horse?
The plan is for 3-4 days a week. We’ll see how it turns out in boarding. Once he’s home, of course- every day. πŸ™‚

9. Favorite thing to do on an β€œeasy day” with your pony?
We’ll have to see once he gets here. πŸ™‚

10. Conformational flaw that bothers you the most?
Gotta have good feet and legs, and not too narrow-bodied.

11. Thing about your riding that you’re most self conscious about?
My weight and core strength. I’m working on it.

12. Will you be participating in no stirrup November?
Maybe, but probably not with any amount of seriousness unless I’m a lot further along with core strength work than I think I will be.

13. What is your grooming routine?
We’re going to have to figure this out, but Dunny is getting a bath on Monday after he’s had a few days to settle in.

14. Describe a day in the life of your horse?
Pending πŸ˜€

15. Favorite season for riding?
In Texas, it was the winter- you could always add layers and it got to comfortable, but the summers were just miserable. Here… I don’t know, I love being outdoors pretty much year round!

16. If you could only have 1 ring: indoor or outdoor?
If covered but open isn’t a choice, outdoor. I don’t live in a place where we get enough rain to need an indoor, and I’d rather have the space and fresh air.

17. What impresses you most about the opposite discipline (english vs. western)?
Jumping is terrifying. I’ve done it and I’m not real interested in doing it again. At least right now. πŸ˜›

18. You have unlimited funds to buy one entire tack set for your horse, what is he/she wearing?
Um. I liked the answer over at Bel Joeor – can I apply this to a truck and trailer? πŸ™‚ I have a basic Big Horn western saddle right now, cheapie western headstall and whatnot, and I just don’t know what I’ll need right now.

I don’t know that I honestly want a western saddle long-term for trail riding. I think I’ll want something lighter once I get more comfortable again.

19. How many blankets do you have? When do you blanket?
ZERO. My past horses never needed them (pasture horses happy to grow LOTS of hair, no clipping and a reasonably mild climate). Dunny may or may not need something- I want to ask my barn owner’s recommendation, and I guess it also depends on how fuzzy he gets.Β  (It’s quite a bit colder here than south Texas, though, and I’d rather buy something this summer if there’s a good sale.)

20. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Favorite place to be scratched?Another thing we’ll have to find out!

21. Something about your barn that drives you crazy?
I wish there was trail access ride-able from it, but there’s not right now. I’ll explore other boarding options once I’ve got the bugs worked out with Dunny- having good arena and roundpen access was more important. Bringing him home is the long-term plan, but until I have a trailer (or permission to ride out across the neighbor’s lease), won’t work for a long term solution. I’m 1/2 mile from one trail head and 4 miles from the other, but it’s along a park service road with basically no shoulder and a lot of blind curves.

22. Roached manes, pulled manes, or long flowing manes?
I don’t honestly care what other people do but I hate fussing with a pulled mane, so it’s roached or left natural for me. (Roached looks awfully nice on anything drafty, and I love Haffies and Fjords.)

23. Can you handle a buck or a rear better?
I hate either, but probably a buck. A horse who is too lazy to bother with either is more my speed.

24. I would never buy a horse who ___________________?
had bad feet, or a bad attitude. Life’s too short to deal with either.

25. Favorite facial marking?
Soft eyes, which aren’t a marking, but it’s a thing that matters to me. (And admittedly, it’s hard to get a soft expression on a blue-eyed horse, but softness and interest in people is really important to me.

If you’re gonna make me say actual markings? Probably either a star or a blaze. πŸ™‚