- How has being involved with horses changed your life?
I think I'm happier now that I've found something I can be completely passionate about something. I think I've gotten in shape a lot more too because it's inspired me to work out so my legs get stronger and I don't get out of breath.
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to create a career with horses?
Stay with it and have a plan. That's what I'm trying to do.
- How long have you been riding?
- How much time do you spend at the barn?
About 2-3 hours, once a week.
- What age do you think is a good age to begin riding or taking lessons?
I think it would be good to start as early as possible! But really, anyone can learn how to ride horses, no matter how old.
- What has been the biggest challenge for you in horsemanship?
Not getting down on myself when I mess up.
- What’s the best advice you can give to a beginning rider?
It may not seem very magical at first when all you can do it flop around, but you get better with each ride. Stay with it and try to learn as much as you possibly can.
- Are there any horse-related books/videos/web sites that you would highly recommend?
This site is a great one to get good advice from other people and share your experiences. You can also just go to a library or bookstore and look in the nonfiction or sports section for informational books.
- What traits make for the best riding instructors?
An instructor should know what big things you need to work on and not pick at every detail constantly. S/he should be supportive and push you to do your best but not be intimidating. S/he should encourage you and of course, teach you, in a way you understand.
- What’s the most exciting part of horsemanship to you?
Jumping. It takes so much concentration and focus and gives such a thrill when you get it right, that when you nail a jump you feel proud that you could do it.