1. What is your biggest source of caffeine that gets you through the day? (drink, not just brand)
Coffee first. Just one cup super early before barn time. In the afternoons I swing by Sonic for a diet soda.
2. Do you honestly think your trainer is the best trainer for you?
I don’t currently have a trainer, so this is not an issue 🙂
3. One token of advice a fellow rider/trainer/horse person told you that you still remember to this day.
When I was first starting out riding, I remember how my mentor would ask me questions about my horse’s care or riding, and she’d look me straight in the eye and say, “What do YOU think you need to do?” Even though she knew I didn’t have all the answers, she didn’t want to just feed me information or tell me what to do. She taught me an invaluable lesson–not to trust every horsey opinion you hear, but to listen, think, research, and then use your gut. And to trust it.
4. If riding meant costing your family so much money that they’d be basically on poverty line, or making your family terribly unhappy (if they were not supportive or understanding, etc.) would you still do it?
No, family comes first.
5. (Girls) would you ride while pregnant?
Absolutely. And I did! Here’s the blurry evidence. 26 weeks pregnant with Emmalee and still going strong.
6. How do you tell when a horse likes someone/has bonded with you or someone else?
The look in their eyes, or their body language.
7. Are horses capable of loving, in your opinion?
In their own way, yes!
8. If you could have one horse from your past come back for 5 minutes, who would it be, why, and what would you do with them in those 5 minutes?
Probably Dakoda. He wasn’t mine, but I loved him. I’d give the 5 minutes to his owner and I know they’d be jumping the moon. 🙂
9. Should a trainer also be a friend, or should it be a student/teacher relationship?
I think a trainer/rider relationship should stay just that. Friendship blurs the lines when it comes to payment, correction, and authority. Just keep it simple.
10. One piece of advice/training you were given by a trainer or mentor that you look back on now and view it as incorrect?
I can’t think of a specific piece of advice, but I can think of an incident. I distinctly remember a past equine professor spanking a horse under her belly with a rasp and leaving a huge welt, because she would not stand still. I also remember immediately losing all my respect for that man.