It finally started to rain in California! Today we got a misty drizzle that turned into a straight up downpour in the evening. Fortunately, Murray is snug in his stall, and the indoor arena is delightful. I even managed to sneak RBF’s pasture horse down to a closer pasture so I could deliver his buckets more easily while she’s gone. Success!
So, ten questions, right?
What do you consider “jumping high” for yourself?
Jumping above 3′ is jumping high for me, but I am really hoping to move that up soon. Murray has proven himself willing and able to course 3′, so it’s time to start stepping things up if we want to go places (see below)!
What are your short term goals for riding? Do you think you’ll reach them?
I think the most concrete short term goal that I have right now is to ride at Novice in the coming 6 months. This changed recently, but after two trainers declared Murray ready for it, and suggested that continuing to show at BN to “just get used to things” was one way to approach things but not truly necessary, I’m suddenly filled with ambition again! But we’ll need to keep working through the winter and get our dressage under some fucking control before we can get there, so I’m guessing that’s the other short term goal. Will I reach them? Errrr….
Long term goals for riding? Do you think you’ll reach them?
I have some longlonglong term goals, but let’s just deal with the regular long term goals for this one. I’d like to go prelim, on Murray or a different horse, and I’d like to get my bronze medal scores — which I think Murray should be capable of. Short of having to quit riding, I’m sure I’ll get there — even if I have to dump an absurd amount of money into that prelim run.
How many barns have you been at in your riding career?
As a kid I plotzed around at two barns in Australia, on my family’s property, and at horse camp in the bay area. As an adult legitimately learning to ride I have ridden at two barns only (UCD and my current barn).
How many different trainers have you been with in your riding career?
I won’t count the kid barns in this one. I had one trainer at the first barn I rode at, another student at UCD, and then my current trainer. In addition I have Tina, and my MIL. So four. I am hoping to soon add this one to my collection.
Ever worked at a barn? What did you do?
As a student at UCD I cleaned water troughs to work off lessons, and I mucked for my trainer at her house in exchange for lessons for close to a year. I have also babysat the barn, but that doesn’t really count.
Scariest thing that has happened at your barn?
We had a really bad year in 2015. We had the fires and evacuations. One of the evacuated horses flipped, got up, then collapsed and died when his owner was trying to load him back on to her trailer to go home. My old lease horse broke his leg and had to be euthanized.
Have you ever given a lesson? What level was the rider?
I hold a daily lesson in how to be suckered by your horse!
What is your opinion on the accuracy of critiquing riders online?
Accuracy is an interesting word choice here. I think that we are deluding ourselves if we say we don’t judge riding pictures posted online. But we are also assholes of we don’t recognize all the limitations that nearly everybody has mentioned here — it’s a moment in time, we can pick only the good ones, you don’t know what’s going on before/after/etc.
Do I think that you can actually get valuable feedback from critiquing pictures online? If you’re honest with yourself and you post something realistic and representative. Will you also drown under a metric butt ton of garbage spewed onto you by raging peons behind their keyboards? YUP.
What is the ideal height of a horse for you?
I like Murray’s height a lot. He makes me feel tall but I think we look good together. I have also enjoyed riding some slightly smaller, sportier models. But the real question is — how tall is Murray? Close to no clue. I think he’s 16.2 but… could be less.