Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Horsey Questionnaire Meme

A Good Horse has invited us to play a game by answering a questionnaire she saw posted by Grey Horse Matters. Below are the questions with my answers.

To play, take the questions and post your answers on your blog. Leave a comment here so we'll know you are playing.

50 Fun Questions
1. How old were you when you first started riding? Around 9 years old when my sister started taking me to a rental stable.

2. First horse ridden: A rental horse.

3. First horse trotted on: A rental horse.

4. First horse cantered on: Probably one of those rental horses.

5. First horse fallen off of: Gosh, I don't remember; there have been so many. :-) It must have been my first pony Clyde.

6. Most recent horse fallen off of: Woodhollow, my TB, but that was over 25 years ago. I'll be riding more now, so stay tuned...

7. Most terrifying fall: As a kid, I fell off a Kansas farm horse I was riding bareback out in the pasture. It's the only time I've had the wind knocked out of me and I felt like I was going to die.

8. First horse jumped with: Wati in Indonesia

9. First horse who ran away with you: One of those rental horses.

10. First horse that scared the crap out of you: That rental horse again. I was just a kid and I screamed and started to cry because I didn't know what to do. Someone yelled "Pull back on the reins" and that worked.

11. First horse shown: Cinnamon, in a western pleasure walk/trot class when I was about 12.

12. First horse to win a class with: Woodhollow

13. Do you/have you taken lessons: Yes, and I'll keep taking them.

14. First horse you ever rode bareback: My pony Clyde. My dad wouldn't buy me a saddle until I could stay on him bareback. He was afraid I'd get my foot caught in a stirrup and get dragged. I think he watched too many Westerns on tv.

15. First horse trail ridden with: You know the answer....yep, the rental horse.

16. Current Barn Name: We don't have a name. It's just "the barn".

17. Do you ride English or Western: Both. Started Western, switched to English, now back to Western and hoping to pick up English again.

18. First horse to place at a show with: Woodhollow

19. Ever been to horse camp: Yes! In Oklahoma as a kid. Loved it! It was a blast and I learned a lot.

20. Ever been to a riding clinic: No, but I'm going to one next month and another in May.

21. Ridden sidesaddle: No, but it looks beautiful. I have, however, stupidly sat on my TB sidesaddle (in my English saddle). Only once though, because someone in the ring crashed into a jump and the sound spooked my TB and I went off back first.

22. First horse leased: Wati in Indonesia

23. Last horse leased: Wati

24. Highest ribbon in a show: 1st place & 3rd in a Championship class

25. Ever been to an “A” rated show?: Yes

26. Ever competed in pony games/relay races: No

27. Ever fallen off at a show: Yes, when I launched off my horse and landed in the middle of a double combination. It was my fault; I got ahead of my horse and he was not forgiving so he chose to let me take the jump without him.

28. Do you ride Hunters/Jumpers: Not any more and don't plan to.

29. Have you ever barrel raced: No

30. Have you ever done pole bending: No

31. Favorite gait: the moment. I like a nice forward, relaxed walk.

32. Ever cantered bareback: Yes, when I was a kid I rode bareback a lot.

33. Have you ever done dressage: Not really. Took a few lesson many years ago. I would like to learn the basics for the benefit of my horses and myself.

34. Have you ever evented: No

35. Have you ever mucked a stall: Lots of times.

36. Ever been bucked off: Yep, a time or two. Last time was on my TB who never bucked except one time after I'd owned him for 8 years. He just got squirrely after not being ridden for awhile and it was one of those twisty bucks and I came right off.

37. Ever been on a horse that reared: Yes, when I was a kid. I remember wrapping my arms around the horse's neck to stay on.

38. Horses or ponies: Both! I have a horse and a pony now; a draft pony that can carry an adult.

39. Do you wear a helmet: Always! I never did when I was younger. Safety wasn't promoted as much when I was a kid. But now I'm wiser and want to preserve my brain cells as long as possible.

40. What’s the highest you’ve jumped: 3'6"

41. Have you ever ridden at night: Only in a lighted arena.

42. Do you watch horsey television shows: Yes, RFD-Tv shows and "Mr. Ed" on DVD. I love Mr. Ed.

43. Have you ever been seriously hurt/injured from a fall: Thankfully, no.

44. Most falls in one lesson: Several times jumping in a new saddle. I kept slipping right out of the thing. My trainer recommended a different one and that made a huge difference.

45. Do you ride in an arena/ring: Yes, but looking forward to getting out on the trails this summer.

46. Have you ever been trampled by a horse: No, that would be awful.

47. Have you ever been bitten: I've received a lot of nips over the years, but the worst horse bite came from a mare named Pretty Girl. I didn't find her so pretty after that. She grabbed me hard just below my throat. The bruise lasted for weeks. But my most painful bite came from a Hamster.

48. Ever had your foot stepped on by a horse: Makes my toes ache to think about it. Ask a horse if they've ever stepped on a human foot and they'll say, "What? I never felt anything under my foot."

49. Favorite riding moment: The day I took my TB out on the trails around Folsom Lake in California. It was so nice, we kept going and going and going. I finally turned around and on the way back I met my trainer on horseback. He'd come looking for us because we had been gone so long. It was just a beautiful ride and I didn't want to stop.

50. Most fun horse you’ve ridden: I'd have to say my pony Clyde because everything about Clyde was fun. The trail rides, riding with friends, taking the horses swimming in a pond, the rides to the store to get candy, and the rides to Taco Bell for lunch. Crazy, fun kid stuff.
Now it's your turn!


  1. Thanks for your comments re my drawings.

    I love that you weren't allowed to get a saddle until you could stay on bareback! Although after riding bareback so much I developed a tendency to grip with my knees that was difficult to shake. It was certainly a lot of fun though!

  2. Great answers, it's good to find out more things about other horse riders. Thanks for playing along and commenting on my blog.

  3. How fun! I'm going to play too!

  4. Cool survey! I answered too and put them up on my blog! =)
    Horsey Questionnaire