The third set of questions for a challenge on Cara Leigh's blog, mnequestrian.blogspot.co.uk .
1. Which is my favourite picture of my horse?
Today is Basil's turn. I have chosen this one because, although it is really just a head shot, the reason for the photo says so much. So many people say horses don't have as much personality as ponies. I don't agree with this, Chesney and Basil prove me right every day! I had been taking photos of the horses in the field for a blog post and was on my way in - Basil just left the others and followed me then stopped and posed! I had to take the picture....
2. What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Follow your dreams, I saw a quote a few weeks ago which I think is PERFECT!
“Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to
work a day in your life.”
3. What size horse do you prefer to ride?
Personally, I prefer to ride horses between 15.2hh and 16.2hh. I find anything smaller difficult to wrap my legs around. Horses bigger than this I generally am not strong enough or tall enough to get the best out of! I am 5'5" tall. Although, with Chesney as he grew up with me and my leg length he was pretty good!
4. What is your daily routine?
This varies from weekday to weekend - I post a vlog every month which gives you an idea of what my weekends are like. Click here to see my You Tube channel HorseLifeandLove. The weekdays I am up about 6.15am to feed, change rugs and turn the horses out before I muck out and fill the haynets before work. Sometimes I have the opportunity to ride or lunge in the week which is great! In the evenings then I get the horses in about 4.30/5.00pm feed them, pick out their feet and change rugs. They generally get a quick brush in the week, although I try to do something a bit better mid-week. In the winter they are usually wet and muddy so this can't be brushed anyway.
5. What is your main riding strength and main riding weakness?
This is a tricky question. I know that quite a few bad habits had crept into my riding during the years I wasn't having lessons. I think those habits are gradually getting fewer now though. My main weakness really is my confidence. I think I have never been a hugely confident rider as I always tend to think things through including what could go wrong. That means that I am not always brave enough to really push myself, although I try! My main strength I think is that I am generally a quiet rider, this means that (as long as my nerves are in check) horses tend to remain relatively calm and not get stressed by my riding.
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Until next time!