I came across some questions that are circulating on horse blogs. I thought I'd take a stab at answering some them (since its too wet and cold to ride these days) -- but with a twist: I've noticed a change in my approach to riding and horses from when I was younger, so I'm going to focus on that a bit.
1. Mares or Geldings?
When I was a teenager, I was fortunate to have a horse to ride. She belonged to a family in town, who's children had left the nest. She wasn't getting ridden and I was dying to do just that. Her name was Charohanas -- or Charco for short. She was a grey QH/Arabian with a snarky attitude. I adored her. I rode Charco almost everyday after school, all through high school. I didn't care about boys, or dances much. After swim practice, I headed for the foothills where Charco lived in a big pasture. I rode her bareback; sometimes with my best friend and sometimes alone. Before and after Charco, I always rode geldings and liked how un-snarky they are. And then came Lucy. Yes, she can be a prima dona and a jealous witch -- but I feel more connected to her than I have with any other horse -- except maybe Charco.
2. Green broke or fully broke?
When I was young, I thought green broke was fun. I liked the clean slate and the opportunity to have a horse without baggage.
Now, I like fully broke. Especially after Winston -- green broke can mean my body gets broke. I'm not flexible any more and my balance is definitely not what it used to be.
3. Would you own a "hot" breed (i.e., Arabian or TB)?
I've always been attracted to sensitive forward horses. Arabians were my favorite breed when I was young, followed by thoroughbreds. I'm too tall for Arabians but I would own another TB. ... you also can't beat a sweet QH face, and they have the best brain. When I was shopping for my first horse, I looked at a lot of Appendix QH (half QH and half TB). When I sold Winston, I was looking for any breed. Actually, when I bought Winston I was also looking at any breed, and any color, that met my needs. I was looking for attitude, willingness, and sensitivity. Fortunately, Lucy has all three of those qualities so I'm not looking anymore.
4. What was your dream horse growing up?
I don't think I had a dream horse. I read a lot of books; many of them with horses. I think each horse in each book (or short story) was my dream horse. I just wanted a horse. Any horse. Short, tall, fat, thin, sound or crippled. I didn't care. I just wanted a horse.
How about you? What do you prefer?