1. Most difficult horse you’ve ridden and why?
I can't really think of a difficult horse, per se... It really depended on the time. When I first got my quarab he was incredibly difficult for me until I "grew into him". But I've never been on a horse I couldn't handle, if that makes sense...
2. Describe you and your horse’s connection.
We're all opinionated morons who are trying our best to learn what we can. There's love, too.
3. Western or english saddles, why?
I love english and australian, I don't like western because the saddles are heavy and uncomfortable (if I want comfort I go for australian), and I hate the horns, especially because when I was younger my mom's friend was on a bucking horse and the horse flipped on him, pushing the saddle horn right through his thigh. That scarred me a bit, lol.
4. Least favourite breed, why?
I don't have a least favorite. All breeds have uses and some just don't have uses that I
could use. But I don't dislike them or anything...
5. Biggest horse pet peeve.
PROBABLY... Horses that aren't sensitive at all. I rode a barb horse once that was like being on a dead animal being dragged around to move... He was stiff, and I'm used to my horses. I work really hard to keep them very sensitive like they naturally are, if that makes sense... no hard mouth, etc. Granted this was my first time EVER riding this horse, so I wasn't adjusted to him, but it was incredibly frustrating and it ruined my hunt seat lesson (I couldn't concentrate on learning what I needed to, which was difficult enough, being a dressage rider, and add an unfamiliar horse the opposite of what I'm used to, and... disaster, lol)
6. Describe your ideal horse.
Ideally... a horse that's not too big or too small, maybe 15.3-16.1 hands, strong thick bone, graceful, lots of fire, very smart and sensitive, FAST, I'm not a fan of mares so maybe a gelding or stallion. Ideally perfect for 3 day eventing, endurance, and dressage, but can be taken out on the trail for a relaxing canter or gallop down the wash. Pretty much a horse that can do and excell at anything I point it at... Always puts everything into what it's doing, I love a horse with a big heart...
7. Have you ever been scared to get on a horse? If so, why?
Oh. yes, when I first got Sombre, he scared me. He was big, he was strong, and he ran so fast he flew, not to mentioned he loved to so, and would when he could... The more afraid I was, the more determined I was to show everyone I could handle my "crazy arabian", and I refused to let him win, lol. 8. Most expensive piece of tack you own.
It's not expensive as tack goes, but my saddle, which is a rather mediocre english saddle. It works, but it's not the best.
9. Boots or polo wraps?
Boots. I don't see how polo wraps help much... I mean obviously they have a purpose, but still, boots.
10. Trail riding or ring work?
I really love both. It's a matter of mood/ necessity.
11. Favourite tack brand.
I can't really say, I've never really had a good tack brand. Not in english tack. My Circle S western saddle when I was younger was great, it's still in good condition.
12. How tall is your horse?
One is 14 hands, the other 14.3. Gerri has flat withers, so Envi is taller.
13. Do you prefer short or tall horses?
Size doesn't matter- but preferably, I don't like anything excessively large. Small I can deal with, but over 16.2 hands is excessive and unnecessary as a riding horse. Not to mention I'm not large myself, around 120 lbs and almost 5'4'', so it's not hard for me to be out-horsed... 14. Cowboy, paddock, or tall boots?
I love my paddock boots. Never work tall boots and I've had bad experiences with cowboy boots...
15. What’s your horse’s registered name/show name?
I don't show my horses as they're not ready, and my paint isn't registered. My arabian is registered but I don't know his registered name... I'll have to check.
16. Any nicknames for your horse?
Geronimo: Bowling Ball, Large One, *******, Baby, Gerri, 'Mo, Fatass, Fatty, Wonder Pony, Wild One, Studly... there are more... lol.
Envi: Studly, Mr. Stud, Pretty Boy, Mighty Mouse, Wonder Stud, Wonder Pony, Wild Arabian (he's not that wild, lol), Dumbass, Brat, My Boy, Baby... so many more... Ugh....
17. Worst medical issue you’ve had to deal with, horse wise?
Dealing with my quarab's calcified knee. The surgery was too expensive and it would have just grown back anyway, so there wasn't really a way to stop it. It was a slow death sentence- the vet told me he couldn't do heavy work like barrels, and I just had to sit and wait until it got so big he couldn't move and he had to be put down. Dealing with that was a nightmare...
18. Worst fall?
I can't remember.
19. Ever ridden side saddle?
If you count flipping my legs over to one side of the horse/saddle, all the time. In a proper side saddle.... no.
20. Ever ridden a saddleseat horse?
21. Where was your horse born?
Envi was born here (edit- literally a few hours from my house in Arizona), I'm not sure about Gerri. (edit- Either here in AZ or Oklahoma, where his old trainer bred his horses, but that's only if he bred him which I'm pretty sure he did)
22. What was your horse bred for?
I don't think Envi was bred for anything specific. Geronimo was definitely bred for western sports, maybe reining or cutting.
23. Does your horse load well?
Neither of them. I don't go places enough anymore...
24. How many saddles do you have?
I have a western that is too small, my old english which is also too small, and my current english.
25. Nylon or leather halters? Why?
I love the look of leather halters, but they're expensive. I just have rope halters because they work so much better.
26. Ever ridden a mechanical bull?
I was going to, but I chickened out, lol.
27. What discipline are you least experienced in?
I have a bit of experience in halter/ wp, I'm learning dressage, I have a lot of experience in barrels and poles, and I took a jumping lesson once...
28. Indoor or outdoor arena?
...what's the weather like?
29. Is your horse push-button?
Absolutely not. Lol.
30. Ever taught a lesson?
A few unofficial ones. I teach my sister to work with her 2 year old and I try to help her with her riding (she needs it), but she doesn't really listen... I also give her friends little 'how-to's', but I've never taught an official lesson.
31. Bareback or under saddle?
That depends. What horse, what situation, etc. I don't ride Geronimo on long rides bareback, for instance...
32. Green horses or push button?
I suppose I'm partial to green horses. Push buttons are nice sometimes, but I prefer greenies.
33. Favourite coat colour?
Probably bay. A nice bay. 34. What breed have you always wanted to ride?
35. Most recent fall?
A couple years ago when I first rode Geronimo, to see if I wanted him. He took a super tight turn and I wasn't ready, and I flew (very gracefully) to plant my butt in the dirt. I got up, dusted myself off, heard hooves coming, looked over and saw Geri trottin back to me like "Dude you're supposed to be with me."
I took him home, lol.