Courtesy of Amanda:
- Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling?
Ten year old me didn’t think horses were a sport when she started riding lessons. I only saw cute ponies and getting even with an older girl who was mean to me at school who’s parents wouldn’t let her ride. Yep, I was a salty ten year old. It stuck and by the time I realized it was a sport, I was too invested. 😉
- What was your riding “career” like as a kid?
Lessons, helping with a therapy program, and participating in little “shows” against only the other students that took lessons at the same barn. They were fun and felt like such a big deal at the time, which is hilarious in hindsight.
- If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be?
Star from that lesson barn. He was broke af, and only mildly damaged, though mostly from lack of a consistent hand where he was so broke that anyone could do anything with him and he’d try to get away with stupid stuff. He was a buckskin QH gelding that Paige reminds me of often. He’s still going in his 30’s and carrying around therapeutic riding students like a champ and looks amazing for his age.
- What disciplines have you participated in?
Eh. I’ve mostly ridden western. Saddleseat back in the day, but not competitively. Halter a little when Copper was young and with Joey last year. More in hand stuff and I went to my first western dressage show with Paige this year. I’ve done a little open level western pleasure and hunter stuff (stock horse hunter…lolz).
- What disciplines do you want to participate in some day?
I want to do ranch horse stuff with Joey and maybe some reining down the road. More dressage for sure, western and regular.
- Have you ever bought a horse at auction or from a rescue?
Robin was bought at auction for $300 when I was 12 and she was 10 months old. She was aced and quiet as a mouse at the auction then when I checked on her the next morning she was a cagey little mare who wasn’t sure what had happened to her. In the grand scheme of things, we were both lucky to have found the other.
- What was your FIRST favorite horse breed – the one you loved most as a kid?
Paints, because Robin. Though she’s spotless. 🤷♀️
- If you could live and ride in any country in the world, where would it be?
I’d love to ride more of the US first, particularly out west, though not the scary parts because we all know I can’t handle that. A fb friend of mine just did two long distance races, one in Mongolia and another in South Africa that made for some stunning pictures. I wouldn’t mind doing the low key version of that without the endurance aspect involved. haha
- Do you have any horse-related regrets?
Wasting to much money trying to get Paige bred to horses on the other side of the country. I think it all worked out perfectly in the end with Joey but dear god did I spend a lot of money on baby horses that never happened.Also, though I broke even on it, I regret buying my first horse trailer since it wasn’t what I actually wanted/needed. Luckily I didn’t lose any money on it, but like I said, luckily.
- If you could ride with any trainer in the world, ASIDE from your current trainer, who would it be?
As I have no trainer, the sky is the limit! ha. I have a few picked out for Joey. I’d love to ride Paige with some more dressage minded trainers, but I don’t have one singled out.
- What is one item on your horse-related bucket list?
- If you were never able to ride again, would you still have horses?
Yeah, probably, if only to let the current ones that I have live out their days.
- What is your “biggest fantasy” riding goal?
Winning a world title on Joey.
- What horse do you feel like has taught you the most?
Hmm, that’s a toss up. Copper has taught me SO much. Paige has also taught me a very different list of items like how to trust a horse again and how to enjoy riding, etc. I’m hoping the next few years with Joey will teach me that much more.
- If you could change one thing about your current horse/riding situation, what would it be?
All of my horses would be sound…I have four horses, two of which are broke and fun to ride, the other two of which are sound. hahahaha.
- If you could compete at any horse show/venue in your home country, where would it be?
Heck, I don’t know. The venues that the world shows are at lack in any sort of visual wow factor. Just another coliseum in the middle of an otherwise urban area. So the venues for the big shows I’d like to go to don’t really impress me all that much. Tryon was pretty fancy/attractive, but I don’t know that there will ever be an opportunity for me to show there. I’m totally team move the APHA Worlds to Tryon though. 😂
- If you could attend any competition in the world as a spectator, what would be your top choice?
WEG or the Olympics, though I did that this year! Was excellent.
- Have you ever thought about quitting horses?
Yep. Very seriously considered if after my dad passed away. I had Robin, Copper and the two girl donks. The game plan was to put Copper in training to be sold and continue to let Robin and the donks live out their days on the farm together. Instead I bought Paige and put Copper in training only to bring him home after 90 days and then Joey happened (we’ll pretend casually with little planning or effort) and here we are today! I couldn’t figure out who I would be as a person without horses. So much of my identity is tied up in this hobby, going to the farm daily, etc. I’ve literally planned my entire life around this hobby, so stopping minus to keep Robin and the donks in good health was hard to visualize.
- If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the horse industry, what would it be?
That people who have no business owning horses, wouldn’t own horses. It seems like a simple answer to a heavy question, but if I could pull a Thanos, that’d be my snap.
- What’s the dumbest horse-related thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
Hands down breeding horses. hahaha.
- As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?
My horses aging/passing away. I’ve never lost one, so the thought of it is terrifying. I also have a fear that Joey will injure himself and won’t be riding sound, which is probably because of Copper’s navicular making me neurotic.
- What horse-related book impacted you the most?
I read all the Marguerite Henry books as a kid and loved them. My memory is awful though, so the impact is low.
- What personality trait do you value most in a horse and which do you dislike the most?
Trust trust trust. Having a horse that trusts you trumps literally everything else. Lots of people want to know how Joey is so good for everything and so chill. I didn’t train that. He trusts me, blindly, which is impressive since I’m sure I’ve put him in situations that he should question.
- What do you love most about your discipline?
I’m gonna go with ranch on this one because its what I hope will be my discipline the next few years. I like that it allows a horse to demonstrate their natural ability and freedom of movement without restriction and that it is more laid back/casual/practical/down to earth that the other stock horse type disciplines. I like that it demonstrates that your horse is capable of being more than an arena princess and that its logistically possible to show (and look the part) a horse that is allowed to live outside 24/7 and be a horse.
- What are you focused on improving the most, at the moment?
Paige’s soundness is at the forefront of my mind. After that, getting Joey going better with tack and working with him towards under saddle stuff is the next priority. I’d also still love to improve the facilities on the farm, but unfortunately that costs money.