Tuesday, November 17, 2015

TRM Blog Hop!

Weeee blog hops!
Kathryn over at That Red Mare has started a fun blog hop. Yay content! I love questionnaires. Brings back the Myspace days...

Miss you Booger.
1. Mares or Geldings? Why?
I think my mares would fire me if I said geldings...but seriously, I do love them. I loved my gelding Booger, and I have no idea why I am attracted to the sass of a mare, but I am.

2. Green-broke or Fully Broke?
Lucy may be considered "fully broke" but in our world that meant she came with a lot of problems. I am not saying that our others don't have problems, but there are less, and they weren't created and continued for more than 10 years. So I will have to say green broke.

3. Would you own a "hotter" breed (ie. Arabian, Trakhener, etc).
I appreciate the aestheticism of Bacon and the thoroughbreds at the track. There is nothing else like it. But for toodling? Not so much.

Vegas is offended that I don't think she is athletic.
4. What was your "dream horse" growing up?
I had at least ten. But the one I remember picturing the most was a black quarter horse with a white blaze and four white socks. Named "Rated R" because I thought I was bad ass.

5. What kind of bit(s) do you use and why?
Bacon- loose ring snaffle for dressage and a waterford D ring for jumping things.

Lucy- western d ring or solid curb with copper roller
Pandora- loose ring snaffle or bosal
Goose in the fancy moon bit.
Vegas- d ring snaffle or tom thumb

6. Helmets or no helmets?
I use to never wear a helmet. And that has definitely changed over the last few years. 

7. Favorite horse color?
Oh boy. I love a super rich dapple bay or a perfetly colored blue roan.

8. Least favorite horse color?
Sorry cremellos and perlinos. You are still pretty but not my favorite!

9. Dressage or Jumping?

10. How many years have you been riding?
22 years? But didn't get to start taking lessons until 14 years ago.

11. Spurs/whip or no spurs/whip?
I should ride with spurs more, or a whip, but I don't.

12. Your first fall?
First one I remember? My aunt's old palomino gelding spooked and bucked me off head first into a cactus. And then I got back on :)

13. When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Last week in another really painful episode of no-stirrup November. Ah the pain!

14. Most expensive piece of tack you own?
CWD jump saddle. I adore it.

Rope halters everywhere.
15. How old were you when you started riding?
4 years old. Rode pony horses around on the back side of a track and toodled on my aunt's gelding.

16. Leather or Nylon halters?
Rope halters for work, leather halters for away things! I never use nylon.

17. Leather or Synthetic saddles?

 18. What "grip" of reins do you like?
Nylon lined leather with nice light rubber. Nice 3/4in split reins for western

19. English or Western?
Oi. I very much loved my western. And then I met eventing. 

20. How many horses do you currently own/lease?
Four mares!

All the girls.
21. Do you board your horse? Self-care/full board? Home board?
I am lucky enough to have them at home.

22. Have you ever had to put down a horse that you loved?
Yes. When Booger broke his leg, I had no other choice. It was horrible.

23. How many saddlepads do you have?
Well crap. ~4 western saddle pads, more blankets, ~6 all purpose and 3 dressage.

Tiny trailer!
24. Slant-load trailer or straight haul?
I am a fan of the slant loads, but appreciate a horse that will load nicely in a straight.

25. Why do you ride?
I use to ride because it gave me a feeling that I haven't found anywhere else. And while that is still true, riding means something different for me now. I get to ride when I feel good enough to, and it makes me feel like I am still useful.


  1. Fun questions! I'm thinking ~6 should be a higher number;)

    1. I was going over this with Aimee the other day. I could think of two grey pads, one red pad, one black ottb pad, one lavender pad and the purple xc type pad. But then there is my xc olgilvy pad. And totally forgot I just got those two black and white baby pads from Smartpak. So you are right my friend. But I don't have 3,421 pads like somebody I know ;) Muahaha!

  2. Beautiful post - thank you for participating! I'll add you to the links :)

  3. ooh i love blue roans too - so pretty!

  4. I thought everyone liked Cremellos! How interesting!

  5. My biggest fear in Arizona: falling off on a cactus. Ouch! Great answers!

  6. #12 yikes!!! Did you have cactus spines in you?