Hiya, I'm Rachel (AKA Pony). I'm 18 and live in the South Bay Area of California. I've been riding since I was around 7 and got my first official horse when I was 14 or so. I've ridden Western my whole life, but never really competed in anything, just trail and a little bit of everything. I recently decided to try out the English world, and while it gave me a new respect for it and new ideas to incorporate into my riding, I learned it isn't really for me and am in the process of heading back into the Western world.
I currently have a big silly bay TB gelding, 13, named Kainne, who is a real joy but just not the right horse for me and what I want to do, and I am in the process of selling him to a friend who he gets on great with. I'm a bit stuck in limbo at the moment waiting for her to be able to buy him, because since it's just really not the right match I just don't really enjoy riding him so I don't do it much. I can't get my next horse until he is sold, which may take a few more months.
In the meantime I have been riding my mom's older red dun QH, Buddy, but I can't ask much of him because he's really getting on in his years and having some arthritis issues. I'm mostly just trying to iron out any problems he has undersaddle because my long-distance girlfriend of five years (complete horse noob) is going to be moving here next month and I'm hoping to teach her to ride on him, which will be very interesting!
I'm not much of a dog person but my family has two dogs, a black Border Collie x Queensland named Lady and a pure Westie named Spiffy. We also have a cat named Ashley and sister has her own cat named Natasha. We also have a little yellow Parakeet named April Man (long story, lol)
I love music...sort of a variety, some of my favourites being MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Feist, AFI, Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley, Brand New, Muse, and pretty much all things Conor Obest (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, etc.)
I'm also vegan, but not creepy or extremist and not associated with PETA. I have been vegetarian for maybe five years and vegan for maybe two 1/2? I avoid owning any leather tack everywhere possible unless approached with a situation where my horse's comfort is at risk (like no synthetic saddles fitting) in which case I would buy used tack with minimal leather. I do not personally consume any animal products or use things tested on animals (unless by complete accident or literal necessity in the case of medicines). I'm not weird about it at all, it's just my personal choice for my life and certainly don't push it on anyone (but am more than happy to supply any information I have to anyone curious).
That's about it. I feel a little bit out of place at time being gay and vegan in the horse world, lol, but I seem to manage so far.