Seven great things/strengths in your riding life
- Hemie is just the best.
- Great trainer.
- Knowledgeable and friendly barn mates.
- Amazing boarding facility.
- I do my homework/practice between lessons.
- I’m organized and keep good records (including this blog!).
- Supportive horse husband.
Seven things you lack or covet for you or your horse
- Regular body work/chiropractor (for both of us!).
- Larger horse show savings account.
- Fancy/medicinal saddle pad.
- Nice tack trunk.
- Amazing boarding facility that’s closer to home.
- High tech XC boots.
- More pony time (less work time).
Seven things that make you angry
- People treating their horses poorly, especially blaming the horse for their mistakes.
- People who skimp on medical or farrier care for their horses.
- Over-priced things simply because they are horse-related.
- “Trainers” who aren’t.
- Vets (or any horse service providers) who are unprofessional.
- The use of fear-mongering in any way, especially by equine supplement companies, trainers, etc.
- When show venues/organizers don’t follow the rules properly
Seven things you neglect to do or cut corners on
- Cleaning my tack – should do it more often.
- Cleaning my boots – same.
- Dealing with the messy piles of stuff after a show. Why does it take me 2 weeks to wash saddle pads?
- Grooming thoroughly when I’m running behind.
- Filing horsey paperwork. It sits in a pile for while first.
- Buying things. Even for things I need, I tend to put it off as long as possible.
- Stretching out Hemie. I really should do that every time, not once in a blue moon.
Seven most expensive things you own for your horse/riding
|Bucket! Nom nom nom!|
- Hemie’s ongoing living expenses.
- Shows, especially registered events.
- Stubben Roxane jumping saddle.
- Bates Isabell dressage saddle.
- Point-2 Air Vest.
- Hemie’s post purchase exam & radiographs.
- Hemie’s extra feed. Gosh the horse eats a lot!
Seven guilty pleasures or favorite items
- Giving my horse treats.
- Giving him his bucket after rides.
- Lessons. Especially the “aha!” moments.
- Access to great trainers to clinic with on top of my fabulous trainer.
- 8 arenas at my barn. Eight! All with great footing and several with lights.
- Serious lack of barn drama.
- My horse’s soundness, and squeaky clean x-rays.
Seven things you love about horses and riding.
- Snuggling & horsie hugs
- Sleeping horses
- Bareback rides
- Learning new things
- Developing our skills as a team
- That special feeling coming through the finish flags, feeling like a winner.
- Bonus: horsey blog-o-sphere!