Day 1 - When and Why I Started Riding

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I guess we'll start with the why I started riding.  That's easy.  I was a horse crazy girl for as far back as I can remember. I read any and all horse books I could get my hands on.  Looking back on it, I think I really was destined to get an OTTB.  My favorite books to read (and reread and reread) were The Black Stallion series and the Thoroughbred series.  It didn't matter if it was horsey fiction or books about horses and how to care for them, I gobbled up everything I could get my hands on.  Any movies that had horses, yup I watched them.  Even as a wee little kid one of my favorite movies was Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer, for the horse of course.  So finally when I was in middle school my grandfather mentioned that his sister's neighbor had horses and he said I could go over sometime.  Like I was going to say no to that.  Unfortunately I had to wait until my great aunt was having a picnic one day and then finally I got to get up close and personal with some horses.

That day I got to meet some wonderful people that have turned into good friends.  And I got to meet some really great horses.  Nikki and Tom offered to let me learn to ride on their horses.  And it all came full circle when I started showing Tom's horse a few years ago.  His horse that was just a baby that first day I went to his barn.  


Equestrian Challenge

I saw this on one of the other blogs I read and thought this might be a good way to get me back in the swing of regular blogging.  Plus since I'm not doing much riding right now, at least I can talk about horses and riding :)

So here is the Equestrian Challenge.  I know I'm a bit late for Day 1 but I hope you will all forgive me.

Day 1 - When and why you started riding
Day 2 - Your current riding goals
Day 3 - You best riding
Day 4 - A ride that impacted your life
Day 5 - Your first fall
Day 6 - All the tack and riding clothes you have (brand/color/other details)
Day 7 - Your favorite ribbon won at a show and why
Day 8 - A little about the barn/stable you ride at
Day 9 - Any injuries that occurred from riding
Day 10 - How your family/friends feel about your riding
Day 11 - Find a horse for sale online that you would want to buy
Day 12 - Favorite horse color
Day 13 - Most embarrassing moment
Day 14 - Your dream barn/farm
Day 15 - If you could speak to any horse, dead or alive, what would you say
Day 16 - Your most recent fall
Day 17 - Your equestrian idol
Day 18 - Your grooming routine
Day 19 - A discipline that you would like to do
Day 20 - Your favorite horse show
Day 21 - Your perfect schooling outfit
Day 22 - The importance of riding in your life
Day 23 - Picture of your favorite jump/combo
Day 24 - Your best riding friend
Day 25 - Your dream trailer
Day 26 - Biggest riding pet peeve
Day 27 - You know your an equestrian when... (5 original answers)
Day 28 - Helmet or no helmet?
Day 29 - A style/trend in tack/riding apparel that you don't like
Day 30 - Your future with horses

Stay tuned for Days 1 and 2!