Last week it was shockingly cold here in Oklahoma, so I’ve had little saddle time lately. Hey there, 13 degrees, how you doin’? I just don’t enjoy tacking up when my teeth are chattering. Go figure. So I appreciate all these great blog hops my fellow boarders are putting on. I must jump on the band-wagon soon! Today’s blog hop is brought to you by L. over at Viva Carlos. Thanks, girl!
Does your horse need shoes? Kona only requires a trim, but Hot Rod and Rusty both need shoes. Hot Rod has front aluminum roller motion shoes to help with his ringbone, and Rusty has a full set of steel shoes.
What do you think of the barefoot vs shoes debate? I think it depends on the horse! But I will say, the argument some ‘granola’ horse owners make about barefoot being the ultimate answer for all horses is absolutely ridiculous. That’s just getting old, people. If your horse needs shoes, get the horse some shoes.
Favorite season for riding? Hands down, summer time. It does get super hot here, but I love riding in my racerbacks and aviators. I love feeling sweaty after a long ride and hosing off my horse. I love the smell of fly spray and the sheen of a short hair coat. #sweetsummertime
How many shows do you think you’ve gone to? I’ve only participated in a handful. Showing is not my thang. I’d like it be, and I’ve tried, but despite my efforts, it’s not enjoyable. However, I love watching horse shows and learning from other riders.
Do you consider yourself a good rider? Oh boy, this is a hard one. I would say no, riding well does not come naturally to me. I believe that I am a much better rider than when I started, and I continue to grow as time goes on, but it takes work.
How experienced do you think someone needs to be to own a horse? After seeing many different levels of experience in my barns over the years, I think potential horse owners need to be advanced in their horse experience before owning one. I’ve discouraged many people against buying a horse, and always recommend taking lessons first. Things generally do not end well if the new owner has little experience.
Have you ever gotten into a fight with your trainer? Well, I don’t have a trainer, so no. But if we turned this question around, and asked if as a barn owner have my boarders ever fought with me over issues? Oh yes. Oh yes, yes, yes.
Describe your dream horse. I think I have some pretty dreamy horses already! Kona and Hot Rod are rock-steady and I appreciate that so much. If I had to choose another dream horse and finances were not an issues, I would be looking for a colorful reiner (like a good one. not a fake one.) with a looooonnggg mane, big booty, and a hard stop. I have a hard time looking away from all roany horses, palominos, and buckskins.
Oh, hey there, Wimpy’s Little Colonel. What’s that? You want to go home with me? Of course you can! I could brush your mane for daysssssssssss.
Does anyone in your family ride? No one else in my immediate family rides, unless you count my daughter. I have two aunts who are avid horsewomen and multiple cousins who own horses and ride. Oh, and my super cool cousin-in-law rides steers. Does that count? She’s pretty hard core.
If you could ride any horse in the world, which one would it be? why? Ooohhhhh, good question. I’ve never had the opportunity to ride a truly finished show horse, so if it were ever possible, I’d choose to ride Holly Major’s horse, Chica Shine. I think I could learn a lot from a finished horse.