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20 Questions + 10!

I borrowed these 30 questions from Adventures with Shyloh.

1: If your horse could talk what would they say? What would they be like?
Radar would talk to the ponies, hang out with the ponies and probably talk to everyone about the girl he loves that ignores him. But he would also be the weird guy who hung out with the ponies!

2: If you were a horse, what would you look like (color, markings, etc), what discipline would you do, and what would you be like to ride?
I would be a dapple gray Thoroughbred who had flunked hunter & become a 3 day eventing horse. I would be calm enough for kids to ride me, but ready to get a little wild for cross country. Although, I would get annoyed if I wasn’t cantered at least every other ride (so beginner kids couldn’t ride me).
3: How many barns have you ridden at?
Five. The first was western, then I was at 3 with the same people, and now my current barn.
4: What kind of bay do you prefer? (bright bay, blood bay, etc)
Dark bay
5: Can you braid a horses mane? Tail?
I can do a decent running braid, but I can’t do a hunter braid. Mainly because I didn’t know how to until I had a horse with almost no mane (Radar). I can do a hunter tail good enough for schooling shows, but I would need to practice more for any other type.
6: Do you believe that you have to fall off in order to be a good rider?
No, although you will learn from falling off.
7: What do you think is more important: eq or effective riding?
Effective riding. I believe that good eq isn’t as important as making the horse do what you want it to.
8: Are there any “horse couples” at your barn?
I don’t know.
9: Favorite treat to feed your horse?
10: Silly quirks your horse has.
He will lick anything or anyone.
11: Strangest thing you’ve fed your horse.
I fed a horse a fry once, but my friends fed a pony a piece of ham. A different friend fed a different pony chex mix and doritos!

12: Have you ever made any horse friends through the internet?


13: Would you buy horse furniture?
If it fit with everything else.
14: Funniest horsey moment
When I stayed on a Shetland Pony (Belle) when she bucked, but fell off when she was walking and pretended to spook! Or most times with Stella we do a lot of weird things.
15: Post a picture of your horse (or any horse) making a silly face that you got on camera!
This is the best I have:
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16: What’s a moment with horses that you wished you caught on camera?

The time that I was cantering a circle on Radar, and there was jump that I was visioning going left, but Radar didn’t see the turn. He jumped the jump (I think it was about 2’3″), and somehow I stayed on! That was when I was just jumping over little crossrails (I still am, but I can also do 20″  verticals now).

17: How old was the youngest horse you’ve met?
I don’t know the age, but there was a foal that was still living with its mother at a barn I was at.
18: How old was the oldest horse you’ve met?
Once again, I don’t know! My friend is currently riding a 26 (?) year old horse, but I think one of the other horses at my barn is ~30.
19: Opinion on colorful tack? (like red or blue)
If isn’t leather, then I like colors! (Besides pink, but I highly dislike pink.)
20: Have you ever tried horse treats? Hay?
Well, I’ve eaten carrots & I feed horses carrots, if that counts (not the same carrot though). I’ve never tried treats made specially for horses, or hay.
21: Have you ever felt like giving up on a horse?
Kind of. At my last barn I was riding the pony Lola, but someone else needed to ride her for a show, so I was put on Pedro. I believe he was an OTTB, and while I love thoroughbreds, I didn’t want to ride him. I did everything I was supposed to in lessons, I just didn’t have fun. I was warming him up before one lesson, and a tractor turned on (not even close to us). He spooked and I fell off. That was after I had been riding a pony who would test me for 4 months! Needless to say, they put me on back on Lola and, as far as I know, Pedro has been ridden very little since then.
22: Tell the story about the horse that you first felt “click” immediately with you (and if you can’t remember, most recent ;))
The first horse I felt click with me was probably Infinity. He was such a good horse for my experience level at the time. If I rode him now, he would probably be boring because I know a lot more.
23: Ever ridden side-saddle? How was it?
No, but I want to! The closest I’ve done is ridden sideways in my saddle.
24: Most interesting place you’ve ridden at.
I’m interpreting interesting as odd. The third barn I rode at (2nd set of people) was a combo of a bunch of different people. One time I was having a lesson, and someone turned on the sprinklers on me! It was a good thing that I was riding the beginner horse. I had ducked my head so I didn’t get water in my eyes, while the horse I was riding (Boomer) turned around and walked to the other side of the arena.
25: What kind of horse do you like? (sport, stock, endurance, etc)
I like hors that can jump, regardless of breed. (Although I am partial to thoroughbreds or Thoroughbred crosses!)
26: Do you feel like you have more patience with horses than people?
27: Is the horse you ride very vocal?
He is, but only if Valentine is gone and he is left alone in his stall. He has been not freaking out as much when she leaves recently, though!
28: Ever ridden in the sunset?
 My lessons used to end at sunset.
29: How do you like a horse’s mane? (roached, pulled, long, etc)
I like it thick and pulled or long and medium thickness. Basically, as long as the horse has a mane that can be held on to if I feel like I’m going to fall off, I’m good!
30: What is your dream name for a horse?
Mia aka Once Upon A Time

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Merry Christmas!

I found these on



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Dressage in 2030

1. After changing the rules to allow riders to go topless, to increase spectator interest, dressage is now getting more television airtime than the AFL, cricket, tennis, swimming and golf combined.
2. After winning her 7th consecutive Olympics, Anky is now at the heart of controversy once again, this time for training her horses telepathically.
3. Average size of the typical Warmblood: 22.1 hands.
4. The new ruling regarding tack has determined the maximum thickness of knee roll padding allowed is 23 cm. However, a last minute convention decision has over ruled the ban on saddle seatbelts, effective immediately.
5. After decades of breeding for huge gaits, and with the average Warmblood standing 22.1 hands, the dressage arena dimensions have again been expanded and now measure 180 meters x 90 meters, mostly to allow room for the extended trot.
6. Only 6 qualified trainers remain in the entire world who are able to train a horse from start to Grand Prix themselves. In related news, the cost of a Grand Prix schoolmaster horse now averages $US18.2million.
7. The FEI rulebook for dressage is now 118,346 pages long. Specific guidelines are included for judging degrees of “behind the vertical” and a new ruling now requires that every competition must have at least two judges – one of whom is responsible only for judging the head position (see article 848,976.93 section C).
8. The halt has been removed from all dressage tests. Piaffe, passage and the extended trot now make up 76% of the Grand Prix marks.
9. Although competitors are now allowed to compete treeless, girthless, bitless (and now topless), the rules continue to require stirrups.
10. Petrol now averages $13.50 a litre, and no vehicle manufacturer has yet been able to produce a hybrid vehicle capable of hauling even one 22+ hand horse.
11. Scientists are busy trying to figure out how to ship semen via the Internet. In related news, it is rumored that a mare in England has given birth to a foal – naturally. Scientists are stumped.
12. The FEI is currently holding another emergency meeting to decide how to deal with cloning, after the fiasco at the last Olympics, where there were 3 Bonfires, 4 Gigolos, 4 Gifteds, 6 Rembrandts and 2 Salineros (including “the original” Salinero, still competing in his mid 30s, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine). In related news, the FEI is expected to rule this month on which Gigolo was really the bronze medal winner in 2028.
I can’t think of what to post, which is why this blog is filled with pictures or questions. If you tell me what you want, I can probably post about it!

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Valley of the Sun Grand Prix

These are the pictures from the Valley of the Sun Grand Prix from November 16th.

*Note: These are all the images I took, including blurry ones, which is why some are less then stellar.

This is the horse order (formatter horse comma rider):

  1. Colorado, Bjorn Ikast
  2. Roxaine, Andy Kocher
  3. Quickie, Natascha Gates
  4. Zunique, Ashley Stannard
  5. Vinusz, Katie L Buchanan
  6. Panache, Janine E. Weatherby
  7. Royal Flush, Bjorn Ikast
  8. Alegria, Matias Fernandez
  9. Quite Quick, Delaney Flynn
  10. Le Conte, Andy Kocher
  11. Washington, Allison Kroff
  12. Le Grande, Payson Black
  13. IZ’s Viva La Vida, Bjorn Ikast
  14. Trajanus, Ashley Walton
  15. Wilhelmine, Natascha Gates
  16. Take A Chance, Lucy Bradbury [I believe she was 13 (I know there was a 13 year old in the field)]
  17. Adlaya, Rashae Kacavenda
  18. Wender R, Andy Kocher
  19. Chestina Z,  Bjorn Ikast

I took videos of some rounds, so those will be up later.


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5 Day Challenge- Day 5

21. Favorite classes to watch

Anything jumper. Grand Prix, 3′, basically anything where they go fast & make sharp(ish) turns.

22. What’s in your cooler at horse shows?

Gatorade, water, a little food. Mainly whatever leftovers are in our fridge, & something to hydrate with.

23. One thing about showing (or riding in general) you wish you could change?

I wish there were 2′ jumpers because I want to do jumpers, but I can only jump about 2′. The shortest jumpers I know of are 2’3.

24. Your ringside crew

My parents & sometimes my sister, also my trainer. One time we were supposed to be trotting at a show, but Lola decided she was done trotting. I tried to get her to go, but I didn’t have my crop, so I asked the row of people by the gate to slap her on the butt, but no one did.

25. Best prizes

Any ribbons that have 3 parts & a fluffy thing at the top. Like this:


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5 Day Challenge- Day 4

16. One thing you’d like to change about your horse

I wish Radar would not speed up right before the jumps.

17. Your horse’s future

I will continue to ride Radar until I can comfortably jump 2′, at which point he will not be able to go any higher. Then he will probably return to his owner’s house to be ridden occasionally, &  maybe leased. His owner loves him, so I’m sure that he has a forever home with her.

18. Your worst show ever

My worst show was probably my first show. Everyone else at my barn was riding a horse from my barn, except me. I was riding one of my trainer’s client’s horses. The horse had to have an unplanned bath the morning of, then the owner came late with the trailer. She had to wrap the horse’s tail after she came, because my trainer didn’t know we had to. My horse got to the show late (I missed my first class & they held my 2nd class), so I didn’t have time to warm up. I tacked up in a little pen. I thought the horse’s owner was ready to put the bridle on, so I took off the horse’s halter & the horse ran to the other side of the pen. Then we had to catch him, get the bridle on & I had to get on & ride. I rode in the other classes I was supposed to, but got no ribbons because riding an athletic horse (that I had ridden maybe 4 times before) without a warmup is never a good idea! I cried during the classes because the horse’s owner yelled at me for letting him go in the pen. Luckily, the show had a happy ending. After it was done, the owner let me ride Jay (the horse) around a different arena so I could have a good last experience.

The only reason I was riding Jay was because the horse I was normally riding, I wasn’t allowed to take to the show. His owner half owned the barn & I loved her horse (Infinity), but I wasn’t allowed to show him. I was still riding him in a weekly group lesson, & also riding Jay once a week in a lesson by myself. The next lesson after the show, none of the 2nd owner’s horses were there, so I never rode Infinity again. I did see him a couple of times at a different barn, so I knew he was okay.

19. Favorite horse show venue

I have only shown at 3 places that I can remember, & Westworld is my favorite.

20. Your show day routine

I used to have to go to the barn before the show, but because I live so far away I don’t have to anymore. So now I go straight to the show venue & find my barn. Then someone goes & signs in & gets numbers (normally my trainer) (at least one of my friends has always shown in the same division with me). Then we tack up, warm up, show, untack, wrap the horses’ legs, put them in the trailer, &  take them back to the barn. I have to stay after to make up for not going before, so I help unload everything then leave. I normally don’t have much relaxation time.


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Snafflez Pictures

I noticed that my posts recently have been light on pictures, so I decided to post a bunch of pictures that I made on! Some of them are model after real horses, or I have multiple pictures of the same horse, so I grouped those together.





Simon (shemovedtotexas’ horse) (these were for a contest)


(I forgot the mane!)


Dapple Gray (Thoroughbred)




Red Roan Appy


Dark Palomino:


Light Palomino (Pony):


Dark Bay w/ White Mane & Tail






My Friend Made This Horse:


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