Past few days I have come across a few blogs posting these 25 questions and answering them. I thought I would do the same! I got these from the $900 facebook pony blog. Some of them were very American, so I changed the words to a more English version to help stop any confusion!
- Mares or Geldings? Why?
I have always preferred mares. I’m not 100% sure why, I think it might be because they tend to be that little bit smarter. But geldings are much easier and I wouldn’t swap Scottie for the world. So I guess it just comes down to the horse.
- Untouched, Green or Established?
It would depend on what I wanted it for. But since I love my ex racehorses, Green. They have had a career already and know the basics. However, a lot of what you will be doing with them is completely new. I love the sense of achievement when the horse improves and you know its down to all the work you have put in.
- Would you own a “hotter” breed?
Yes. I love my thoroughbreds! Maybe not an arab though, not a huge fan.
- What was your dream horse growing up?
I had totally forgotten my dream horse until an old friend came to see Scottie and she remembered. I had always wanted a big chestnut thoroughbred.
- What kind of bit(s) do you use? Why?
I like to use a snaffle as much as possible. I can’t tell you much about their action, but I like a french link snaffle. Both of Scottie’s bits are french link, but different thickness and rings.
- Helmet or no Helmet?
Always a helmet! I seem to fall off quite a lot so really not worth the risk!
- Favourite coat colour?
A lovely bright chestnut. The brighter the ginger the better!
- Least favourite colour?
I’m not a huge fan of coloureds and could never own a grey… too much hard work!
- Dressage or Jumping?
It always used to be jumping, but now it’s pretty even. I think the thrill of jumping still just beats dressage for me.
- How long have you been riding?
Well I started at 6/7 years old. So it must be around 15 years now!
I’m not a huge fan of spurs, but then I have never really needed to use them. Will carry a whip for jumping and hacking alone and sometimes for schooling.
- Your first fall?
I wouldn’t be able to tell you. It would have been off a pony at a riding school. I fell off a lot then, especially jumping where I would jump the jump but the pony wouldn’t…. I haven’t really learnt from this as it still happens with Scottie!
- When was the last time you rode and what did you do?
Yesterday I jump schooled Scottie.
- What is the most expensive tack you own?
That would be my new BJS saddle. But I love it so its fine!
- How old were you when you first started riding?
6 or 7. I’m not sure which now.
- Leather or Nylon headcollar?
I like both. Leather for shows and travelling. Nylon for around the yard, leaving out in the rain by the field. Plus can get bright colours in nylon…
- Leather or Synthetic saddle?
I always liked leather. But after seeing some of the half leather half synthetic, I could happily have one of them. In fact my new one is fully adjustable and not all leather.
- What ‘grip’ reins do you like?
Plain and simple rubber grip.
- English or Western?
English. Although I love the idea of hacking out in western. If the saddles weren’t so expensive I think Scottie would be in one now!
- How many horses do you own/loan?
Just the one. For now.
- How do you keep your horse? At home/DIY/Part livery/full livery?
DIY. Would love to have the land to keep at home though!
- Have you ever had a horse put down?
No. But horses I have shared and known for a very long time have been.
- How many saddle pads do you have?
Including half pads…. 7. But I’m itching for more!
- Trailer or a lorry?
I’m not hugely fussed either way. I can’t afford a small lorry and anything else I would need to get a license for… Anything where the horse has enough space and in good condition.
- Why do you ride?
I love it. (and it’s the only form of exercise I do!)