From Viva Carlos, of course.
1. How many pairs of breeches/jods do you own?
4 schooling, 2 show (grey & white), 2 winter. One of those schooling pairs is on its way out (I did throw away the black ones I featured here a week or so ago
, sigh), and the other three don’t fit me – they’re a size too small and make me look sausage-y. Ah well. I like my show breeches and looooooove my winter breeches, so that’s something.
2. How many horses have you ridden?
I’m going to guess just over 100, if you truly count all of them – early lessons, summer camps, nose-to-tail trail rides, etc. Since owning Tristan, fewer than 10.
3. How many trainers have you had?
Oof. Trainers, as in I was in their program for a while and I came away substantially improved – four. Three for 2+ years, one for just two short winters but she was fabulous. “People who taught me riding things,” probably closer to 20.
4. How many barns have you ridden at?
Hm. Let’s see: childhood lesson barn, camp barn, barn in France, college barn, three post-college barns in MA, new barn in VT. Not that many, actually! 8 total.
5. What is the name of the horse you consider yourself to have the greatest bond with?
Tristan. No question.
6. What is your favorite show name you’ve ever encountered?
I don’t know about show name, but my favorite show name + barn name combo was a Morgan I knew years ago. Show name: Heza Little Devil. Barn name: Taz.
7. What do you consider your greatest weakness or flaw in riding?
I’m not committed enough, both in the sense that I’m always finding excuses not to really ride (I’ll longe, I’ll groom, I’ll just hack out…) and not to push myself or Tristan hard enough (I’m tired, he’ll break, I don’t have time…)
8. What do you consider to be your greatest strength?
Ground work. I can handle just about any horse doing just about anything on the ground and come out of it positively. I’m not saying I like to do that, but I have handled my fair share of assholes.
9. Have you ever leased a horse?
Yes. During and just after college: Sly
10. What is the name of the first horse you rode?
Not counting, say, pony rides at the state fair: Thistle. Isn’t that a great name? He was a lesson pony extraordinaire.