So, on to day 2 of the challenge. I am enjoying this. I hope to ride a bit later today if it warms up so you MIGHT get 2 posts today!
6. Favorite equestrian book and movie: I love this! My favorite book, like many young girls has got to be "Black Beauty" I loved it so very much. Ginger was actually my favorite character in the book and I have a fondness for red spirited horses to this day.
As far as movies go, Pharlap has got to be my favorite. I cry every. single. time. I love the strength and loyalty that the horse and stable boy show each other. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it!
7. Most common riding misconception: "You ride and show horses? WOW! You must be rich!" Not even close my dear, not even close. It's like that old joke: How do you make a small fortune with horses? Start with a large one! LOL Anyway. There is so much money that goes into riding and showing a horse: feed bills, lessons, tack, horse trailer, big truck to pull the horse trailer, show fees, membership fees... and the list goes on. The scientific name for an equestrian? Equus Keepus Brokus!
8. 2 riding strengths and 1 riding weakness: This is a tough one as I am so critical of myself. I can come up with plenty of weaknesses. OK here goes. One of my strengths is that I have very light hands. Most of the horses I ride really appreciate that. My Grandad taught me well. The horse's comfort comes first and everything else will follow.
My second strength is that I can read a horse's body language quite well. I am very good at ground work and then translating that bond and confidence into the saddle. I love working with youngsters and starting horses or giving second chances to hard to handle horses.
Now for my weakness. I have been riding my entire life and have a hard time taking criticism, especially from those I am most close too. I am getting better at it since I have been taking lessons from my awesome trainer Liz. I need to work on having an open mind so that I can be a better rider. I also need to work on my leg strength and having a better center of balance. Oh what...just one, oh well I know I have lots to work on!
9. What you like least about riding/owning horses: Well, I cannot think of anything I don't like about riding or owning horses. Well the money of course (see question 7) but I love taking care of Varro. I love making breakthroughs during training sessions. I even like working with "psycho" horses that no one else will work with. Horses really are what makes my life full and complete. OK so I do not like going outside to feed when the wind is blowing so hard I feel like Dorothy's house might fly by at any moment!
10. What do you feed your horses: This is a great question! I am very proud of my feeding program. I feed free choice Bermuda hay. I think that having a good quality hay in front of my horse 24 x 7 is the most important part and the foundation of my program. Since it is winter, I will continue with the "Winter Feed Routine." In the mornings Varro gets about 1 pound of AB pellets soaked in warm water. In the evenings he gets 1 pound AB pellets, 1.5 pounds of Safe Choice Original, Beet Pulp and electrolytes. For supplements, he gets 1 scoop of Platinum Performance at night. All of this is also mixed with warm water. If it is particularly cold/windy I also feed a flake of alfalfa at night. Varro LOVES it.