My heart will always belong to thoroughbreds. More specifically, off-track thoroughbreds. I have one so I might be a little biased, but there are a lot of reasons why they are my fave. I have learned a lot about them over the years, but I've learned even more in the last year since I started boarding at a barn that works with CANTER
. I get to see them transform, from the moment they step off the trailer that picked them up from the track, to the moment they step on the trailer to go to their new home. It is an amazing experience, and they are amazing horses.
I love their spirit, their determination, and how they seem to pick up on everything around them. In the wrong hands, they can be flighty and hard to handle, but with a patient and understanding rider, they can turn into very willing and hard working partners. When they are given the chance to express themselves and actually contribute to the goal, all they want to do is succeed. Just like racing, all you have to do is "Turn 'em loose!" Figuratively speaking, of course.
Favorite discipline? Hmm... Well, I don't show, but I love schooling in dressage. It's rhythmic and harmonious. Like yoga, but for the rider AND their horse. I also love to watch show jumping or cross country jumping, I just don't have any interest in participating. My horse was an eventer when he was younger, but his back and hocks just can't take it anymore. That's fine with me, though. I'm happy just being a cheerleader for my friends!