First, thank you all for the kind words of support and encouragement about Eli’s progress. Eli says thanks, too.
Now, stealing content from the $900 facebook pony, who borrowed from Viva Carlos … I am not on tumblr so I have no idea who should get credit for originating the questions.
1. What is the first thing you do when you get to the barn?
I grab Eli’s halter from my tack locker and go get him. If I don’t do this immediately, he starts yelling at me.
2. Is there a breed that you would never own?
I don’t know. I can’t imagine that I would have occasion to own any breed of draft horse but I wouldn’t rule it out entirely. You never know. I could win the lottery and start a horse rescue and welcome neglected draft horses into my life. Never say never, unless you actually want what you just said never about to happen.
3. Describe your last ride?
Sunset hack on a TB mare over a week ago.
4. Have any irrational riding fears?
No … of course not … my fears are rational. And they are of rotational falls. Or rather, of catastrophic injuries to horse and rider due to a rotational fall.
5. Describe your favorite lesson horse?
This is both hard and easy, because I love so many lesson horses, which makes narrowing it down to one difficult. But not impossible because one of my all time favorite horses ever is now a lesson horse. His name is Skip and he is perfect, no matter his job. He also recently had his top teeth removed due to gum disease (I think he had that EOTRH thing but not sure), and this makes him even more perfect. He is literally perfect. And oh crap I just realized that one of my own horses was the world’s awesomest applebooty lesson horse so maybe this is a tie. I hate ties. But my answer is Skip AND Anchor.
6. Would you ever lease out your horse?
I probably will not ever lease out Eli. However, my three previous horses were all leased/free-leased/borrowed at some point in their careers so I am not at all opposed to the idea. Again, never say never.
7. Mares: Yay or neigh?
No, thank you.
8. How many time per week do you get to see your horse?
Every day, most of the time.
9. Favorite thing to do on an “easy day” with your pony?
Bathe and graze in the sun. We take “easy” seriously.
10. Conformational flaw that bothers you the most?
Excessively short back or neck. I am not a fan of thick throatlatches, either. Too long or too short pasterns give me pause.
11. Thing about your riding that you’re most self conscious about?
Oh, I do so enjoy being told I am on the wrong diagonal … yes it still happens because sometimes I am paying attention to something else, to the overall detriment of my riding. But it’s also hilarious.
12. Will you be participating in no stirrup November?
No. Why don’t YOU come here and ride Eli without stirrups for a month, instead? I am sure he’d love that. If I had an Anchor or a Skip I would be more amenable to it, though. I did no stirrup work at the end of almost every ride daily for years on my little black horse, so I do understand the value of riding without stirrups.
13. What is your grooming routine?
Wipe nostrils with baby wipes. Pick feet. Curry. Brush mane and tail. Brush coat. Paint or treat feet. Wipe fly spray everywhere.
14. Describe a day in the life of your horse?
Right now his days are pathetic because he is on stall rest. So his day is stall rest, with about an hour outside of his stall to graze, get groomed, and hand walk. Otherwise he would be out of his stall 4-6 hours a day in turnout and work. Eating or napping the rest of the time in his stall. Night turnout is going to gradually be instituted at Hilltop soon, but I am not sure Eli would be a candidate for that. I have had rotten luck with night turnout in the past and am leery of it. Considering he has jumped out of paddocks and the round pen before, I have nightmares about that happening at 3am when no one is awake to notice.
15. Favorite season for riding?
Whatever season not-winter is.
16. If you could only have 1 ring: indoor or outdoor?
Outdoor but covered.
17. What impresses you most about the opposite discipline (english vs. western)?
A good working ranch horse is the marvelous treasure of the American West.
18. You have unlimited funds to buy one entire tack set for your horse, what is he/she wearing?
Probably about what Eli wears now. Might get the saddle and bits custom, I guess. And I guess I could fork over for some new Edgewood strap goods.
19. How many blankets do you have? When do you blanket?
Eli has 3 sheets and a blanket. I blanket him when it’s cold. Cold is subjective, and Eli is a hot weather horse. So he wears clothes a lot during winter.
20. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Favorite place to be scratched?
Eli loves Gala apples and Stud Muffins. He likes Mrs. Pastures, too. He won’t say no to carrots, and two of his supplements are in treat form and he loves them, too, especially the omega one. He likes the tops of his shoulders scratched, like right in front of the withers.
21. Something about your barn that drives you crazy?
I like where I broad my horse. And not having a covered isn’t exactly driving me crazy but if I could wave a magic wand and get a covered built there, I’d do that.
22. Roached manes, pulled manes, or long flowing manes?
Short — pulled or trimmed appropriately.
23. Can you handle a buck or a rear better?
Do you mean emotionally or physically or what?
24. I would never buy a horse who ___________________?
Flips himself over. That’s never an okay response to something. (I have a long long list of things I don’t want in a horse but this one tops it.)
25. Favorite facial marking?
Any and all! Super asymmetrical ones are especially adorable.