Friday, April 3, 2009

Sooo... what's your story?

I picked this up on Arlene's blog, Grey Horse Matters, a while back and have been meaning to answer this thing. I figured since my body is so tired my brain has quit working it would be a good time to use this as a crutch so I could put a post together.

1. How old were you when you first started riding? The first time I was on a horse, I think I was about 6 or 7 and visiting my grandparents. One of their neighbors had a girl a couple of years older than me and she let me ride with her on her draft, bareback. But riding, really riding 40!

2. First horse ridden: By myself, that probably be Topsy. There's a story there. The first horse at 40 would be the barn lesson horse where I worked as a groom. His name was Kelly and he was a tough old bird.
3. First horse trotted on: the same as question 2
4. First horse cantered on: again
5. First Horse fallen off of: and again.........Topsy dumped me about three times before I finally was able to ride her.
6. Most recent horse fallen off of Reflection
7. Most terrifying fall: That would definitely be Reflection
8. First horse jumped with: those rental horses when I was a kid. I never got to ride the same one more than once or twice so can't remember their names. Except there was one I rode a bunch of times, can't remember her name either but she was a palomino mare with a bad attitude and I loved her...........she loved me too!

9. First horse who ran away with you: Scandalous
10. First horse that scared the crap out of you: Reflection
11. First horse shown :!) Mark
12. First horse to win a class with: Mark
13. Do you/have you taken lessons: Yupe!

14. First horse you ever rode bareback: that crabby palomino mare
15. First horse trail ridden with: those rental horses
16. Current Barn name: who? me or a horse??

17. Do you ride English or western?: Both
18. First Horse to place at a show with: Mark
19. Ever been to horse camp?: Not a horse camp but a camp where you could ride.

20. Ever been to a riding clinic? Lots! I've done clinics with Jimmy Garvison, Bobby Hart, Tommy Garland, Bill Porcher, Jesse Saladana, Bret t Becker, Richard Shrake, John Lyons and good ole Harvey Jacobs. I think Harvey's was my favorite. Teaching those old cowboy types that Arabians really have what it takes to do "real" work is always a high point for me.

21. Ridden sidesaddle? Nope and have no inclination to do so! Just the thought makes my back ache.
22. First horse leased: Solidare, it's the only way I could buy her because he wouldn't sell her to me outright.
23. Last Horse Leased: Solidare
24. Highest ribbon in a show: Champion
25. Ever been to an 'A' rated show?: many
26. Ever competed in pony games/relay races?: nope
27. Ever fallen off at a show No, knock on wood!
28. Do you ride Hunter/Jumpers?: No
29. Have you ever barrel raced? No
30. Ever done pole bending?: No
31. Favorite gait: I like them all.
32. Ever cantered bareback?: Sure
33. Have you ever done dressage?: Yes, a little bit
34. Have you ever evented?: Nope and no inclination either

35. Have you ever mucked a stall?: many, many
36. Ever been bucked off?: You bet
37. Ever been on a horse that reared Yes, a few
38. Horses or ponies. Horses for sure
39. Do you wear a helmet?: sometimes
40. What's the highest you've jumped: probably 4 feet when I was a kid, but 3 feet as an adult...........lately I'm down to 2
41. Have you ever ridden at night?: Yes on the trail and in the arena
42. Do you watch horsey television shows?: Of course!
43. Have you ever been seriously hurt/injured from a fall?: Yes, broke my arm and dislocated my shoulder in one fall and probably had a concussion when I went off of Reflection. However, I didn't go to the doc but my thinking was not good for a few weeks. Sounds serious to me looking back.
44. Most falls in one lesson: never fallen in a lesson
45. Do you ride in an arena/ring?: yes
46. Have you ever been trampled by a horse?: Kind of........
47. Have you ever been bitten?: Yupe!
48. Ever had your foot stepped on by a horse?: Who hasn't??
49: Favorite riding moment: my nationals ride on Dandy in the hunter pleasure class. That ride was perfect except for getting run into....but Dandy was so awesome. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
50. Most fun horse you've ridden: Scandalous, no it would have to be Dandy, but then Legs is very cool, , well maybe Tag, today definitely Hope but the Legs was very awesome today and sometimes it's Vee...........get the picture???

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it! What's yours?

This picture is Legs and I think it's when he was a yearling. TI thought this picture was taken at the old Park Lane Arabians which is now defunct but looking at it closer it's one of Jeff Little's pics so it must have been a Destiny Farm.

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  1. Do you want us to answer these here in the comments or on our own blog?

  2. DJ, either way you prefer is fine with me.

  3. Heh...let me answer 50 questions here in the comments for ya :>

    Legs looks much older than a year there; such a pretty youngster!

  4. That questionarie sounds like fun, although most of my firsts would be on my little palomino POA, Alfie. I'll answer them at my own blog as soon as I can.

    I love that photo of Legs!

  5. Oh, I like that one too, when I read it over on Gray Horse Matters! Great answers. It's fun to learn about our blogging horse friends!! I don't believe you have never barrel raced. Okay, I had never either until I moved to Louisiana, and I have only ever did a slow lope around them. I think I got a time of 24 and I thought I was flying!! The normal time for that pattern is like a 18!!

    Great post!! I really enjoyed it. I have a hard time choosing my favorite horse to ride too! There have been and are too many.

  6. Thanks for playing along MiKael. I know it's a lot of questions, but they bring back lots of memories don't they. I thought it was fun to find out more about everyone. It's also funny that almost everyone has the same answers to some questions like, bites, mucking, being stepped on etc...

  7. OK, I posted my answers to my Blog and Pony Show blog. Fun survey! Brought back lots of great memories. :)

  8. Sounds fun...I'll play. I'm going to copy and paste it over on my blog.

  9. What a nice looking horse this one is. Wow.

  10. Loved it! Loved learning more about your horsey background! I'll have to do this post! What fun!