“If you climb in the SADDLE be ready for the RIDE” – Blackmtnranch.com
MY PASSION – HORSES
I was born ready to ride. I will never run out of things to say about riding horses, my love for them, how they make me feel, how free I feel when sitting in that saddle. I have ridden in a few different saddles in my years. I started riding English – Hunter/Jumpers and was in training with some mighty fine trainers that taught me so much about equitation, hunters and training them in general. I worked as a groom for several horse trainers back in the day, my how fun it was and hard work too…. I have a photo I will share of my show days, astride my show horse Norwegian Wood, stable name Chester. We had such a blast, sometimes winning blue ribbons, sometimes not, but it was all good times!
“Dressage is the basis. If there’s something off here, there will be something off with the jumping.” – George Morris
Brings back so many fond memories, I truly miss those days. I try to ride English in the arena on my Warmblood, Zack. He is a fun ride in the English saddle and it gives my core a workout as I post around at a nice trot. He needs this exercise too, so it’s good for both of us. But unless I buy a new horse to get back into showing, my showing days are mostly over. Things could change but I am happy riding Western on trail and huntseat for the arena, I am lucky I can do both! This girl Chloe, who I just happened to snap this photo as she stuck her tongue out (probably licking her lips after a horse treat) is the perfect trail horse! With her injured back leg she is perfectly happy walking all over the trails in my town and she truly loves going out, and it helps keep her in shape and so its a win-win for us both! ❤
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
I use to say I’ve never been scared, funny how you grow up and things change. I really am not scared to death but have a healthy fear and I pick and choose what horse I would ride. Back in my younger years, my fears did not really exist. To be young again! But I’m older and wiser and I feel like there may be some horses that are just not meant to be ridden, or not meant to do a certain genre or be trained to do something it’s not capable of doing… etc… I could go on and on about horses, their personalities and what some people do or don’t do with them. I’m fortunate enough to have enough experience to be able to use and take care of my horses to where I believe they are healthy and HAPPY!
I’ll conclude with a couple more quotes, oh there are so many good ones it’s hard to choose!
“Every second, you’re either schooling or unschooling your horse. There is no in-between.” – George Morris
“I didn’t have talent, but I had great ambition. I still have ambition.” – George Morris
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