Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop: Week 2

Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 2:
  1. Tell us about a special person you associate with your interest in horses. In what ways did(does) the person support you?
  2. Carousels: Yes or No? Which horse do/did you choose to ride?
  3. What sort of books did you read when growing up? 
Here's my response.

1) A special person eh? Without a doubt that would be my BO. She is the person who taught me almost everything I know. She is the only person I know that actually catches more flies with vinegar then honey. She has been managing barns for 30 years, and doing it amazingly well. My BO knows how to train a horse for pretty much any event. She is so extremely knowledgeable, and so extremely kindhearted. She makes horses affordable for anyone. She told me "I want to get your board as close to $0 as I can" (meaning she'd let me work off the rest). 
Her hips are in tremendous pain, and her back often hurts too. So every time we are out there together (which is often), I do lots of work for her. Whether it's taking wheelbarrows of manure to the pile, moving a feeder, changing a stall, taking a stall down, turning out a horse, making feed buckets, feeding, blanketing, basically any slave labor. I love my BO so much, and I am so appreciative that I got to meet her. 

2) I loved carousels as a kid! I always liked the white peal/iridescent ones. With ribbons in their main, and red roses around their neck. I liked them to have a big flowing mane, like an Andalusian. Now I'd rather pick out a buckskin, that's my color of choice. 

3) I read quite a lot when I was a child. My mother actually used flashcards when I was little, so I was recognizing words before I could even talk. I was home schooled too, and I began actually reading very early. I was a fantastic reader as a child, I would read Tree House Mysteries in a day I love them so much. But one of my teachers kind of set me back. When I was in third grade, I was reading at high school level. It put my teacher in a predicament, what high school books would entertain the mind of a third grader? I'll tell you, none. So I stopped reading so much, and then high school came, and I just didn't like to take the time to sit down and read. I have a thousand things to do, and now I have a thousand and one things to do. So I don't really read anymore unfortunately. I didn't really answer the question, but that's because I don't really remember exactly what kind of books I read, so I made up a new but related prompt.

A question to all of you:

Where do you see your horse career/hobby 5 years from now?


  1. In five years from now, I hope to be taking Shy on all kinds of trail rides, maybe even ACTHA. That would be really cool. And I hope we are driving. With the price of gas, she might have to be my main form of transportation! Haha

    1. I've never heard of ACTHA... I'll have to look into it! Gas here in So California is $4.30! It's absolutely ridiculous, but the cost of hay isn't much better.

      I love seeing your posts of Shy learning to drive. She seems like such a cute little girl!

  2. In 5 years I'd love to be doing some Mini Prix's or hopefully working my way to competing in a Grand Prix.

    My goal this year was to be coursing at 3'9" so we'll see.

  3. In five years I plan to have Chrome trained well in the basics of dressage at least, possibly even attend a show or two. Our main goal will be competing in Competitive Trail Rides (ACTHA or NATRC). Of course we will also continue learning tricks. I also hope by then to be riding him bridleless, at least the beginning stages. It would be totally awesome if we've started to play around with driving a little too, if I can ever get the money to buy harness and a carriage (not to mention lessons!). :) I also hope to be taking him to SCA events and maybe even try Mounted Shooting. There are a LOT of things I want to do with him, but I don't know how much we will get around to in five years. Some of these may be longer term plans.