1. Do you actually always pick the horse’s feet? Always? Really?
Uhhhh. Nope, I don’t. Sheesh, don’t look at me like that! If we’ve had a long dry spell, it’s usually a waste of my time. I am really disturbed by thrush, so if it’s wet outside, then I definitely pick out their feet and use a thrush remedy.
2. What is the biggest obstacle/reason preventing you from becoming a professional or competing full time with ease?
I don’t compete full time (or really at all), but you could say that as a boarding barn owner, I’m a professional in the horse industry full time. But, competing? Just not going to happen.
1. I have no desire to be on the road full time 2. I have children who need their momma 3. My horses would hate me
3. Do you think it will ever not be about the money?
PSSSHHHHH. No. It’s always about the money. Hence crippled futurity horses. And random drug testing. It’s all about winning, and therefore it’s all about money.
4. Was there ever a horse that you loved and really wanted to have a connection with, but it just never panned out? Details.
Yes 🙂 I really wanted to make a real go with Scout. You can read about him here. He was just too much horse for me, too soon. I think I could handle his quick athleticism now, but alas, I cannot turn back time. He has a special forever home now, and that’s all I can really ask for.
5. What is one weakness in your riding that even your trainer doesn’t pick up on, only you?
I don’t ride with a trainer, but if I did I’m sure my weaknesses would be pretty obvious. In general, I’m a hot mess most in most areas of my life. I’m sure even if something seemed hidden to me, it is surely not hidden to everyone else… If I had to peg one weakness that’s not always as easily seen, though, it would be riding too much with my hands and not my lower body. I just, like, forget. Gah.
6. What is the biggest doubt/insecurity you ask or tell yourself in your head?
That I’ll fail and make a complete idiot and embarrassment out of myself. Maybe I should add that to number 2…
7. There is a barn fire. You are the first person to discover it and see that the roof is collapsing in slowly, and you can tell it’s going to come down any time. Do you call people first or head straight in to save the horses?
OMGOMGOMG!! Worst fear. Ever. But, duh, I would-without a doubt-start turning horses loose. Save first, call later. Or maybe, call while turning horses loose?
8. What is one event in your riding career/horse/anything that you’re still not over, even tho you might tell others you are?
That would have to be one of the many incidents in which my college boyfriend (and horse trainer), made me feel like a complete dude. I’m still unsure whether it was intentional or not, but either way it always rattled me to my core and made me questions myself. I looked up to him as one with considerable horse knowledge, and instead of cultivating my emerging horsey passion, he squashed it.
9. If you could tell off one person you just don’t like, what would you say?
Mmmmm… This one is hard! So many people to choose from. Ha. I won’t name names, but one individual comes to mind that I would relish the opportunity to give them a piece of my mind.
However, the last time I was actually face-to-face with someone who had been a thorn in my side for weeks and weeks, it was not satisfying at all. It was, in fact, incredibly emotional and hurtful (for both parties) and I felt much worse than before. I have a tendency to let my mouth run wild when I feel cornered, and none of the things I had pictured saying came out at all! So, I’d just rather not “tell anyone off.”
10. Have you ever seen questionable riding or training practices, but let it go/ignored it?
Unfortunately, I have seen some very questionable things. As the barn owner, it puts me in a tough situation. Obviously, I have an obligation to the horse and their welfare, so I have definitely said things in the past and even asked one person to leave my barn. Other times, I’ve been able to suggest other training techniques or just let them know I really dislike what they’re doing. I have found that questionable riding/training stems from one of two places: ignorance or power.