A great list of questions from L of Viva Carlos, as always!
How old is the youngest/greenest horse you’ve ridden?
2. In a round pen.
How old is the oldest horse you’ve ridden?
Erm, who knows how old the lesson horses I first rode were … maybe 26-27-ish?
Were you scared of horses when you first started riding?
Not that I remember.
Would you say you’re a more nervous rider or a confident rider?
Not nervous. More just comfortable on a horse than truly confident.
Biggest pet peeve about non-horse people around horses?
“Can I ride your horse?”
A time you’ve been scared for your life? (horse related)
Any of the times a horse stood up with me.
Have you ever fallen off at show? What happened?
Yep, more than once. The time I remember most was when my green-ish jumper kind of peeked at something outside the ring as we were approaching the first fence, and I didn’t get his attention back in time. He half-jumped/half-stopped and I fell into the jump. Got up holding the bridle. Another trainer caught the horse and brought him over to me with his belt as a lead while my trainer yelled at me for jumping up the neck, which I had not done and I insisted we watch the tape together. My trainer realized I did not jump up the neck. I told him to yell at me for not using my leg because that’s what actually happened.
What’s a breed of horse you’ve never ridden but would like to ride?
Describe the worst behaved horse you’ve ridden?
Probably a supposedly but completely not broke small pony. I could not stay on the damn thing.
The most frustrating ride you’ve ever had?
It was cross-country schooling with a trainer who wanted me to jump my horse over a jump I didn’t want to jump. I had zero frustration as a result of my horse, 100% frustration related to the trainer. I never did jump that jump. I left that barn and switched disciplines shortly after. Haven’t really had a truly frustrating ride since, just a few challenging ones but I don’t mind that.