|if every upturned horse shoe was lucky, bobby would have had|
the best. year. ever. last year. he left a trail of shoes behind him!
What superstitions do you have when it comes to your horses, riding, and/or showing? Do you have any good luck items/charms?
Like Jodi, I second the name change superstition. I've only ever owned OTTBs, and none of them have had truly awful names so this hasn't been hard to do. That said, Bobby's Jockey Club name is not the same as his USEA name. He's JC registered as Mightybobbymagee in an ode to his sire Mighty Magee. His show name is shortened to simply Bobby Magee as he was intended to be named until our Thoroughbred boss at school added the "Mighty" to...try to suss up business for our old, bat shit crazy stallion when Bobby went to the Derby? That's as far as I'll ever take name changes though.
|the face of a future champion?|
I'm not big on changing barn names either, and it makes me a little squirrely when girls at the barn assign names to new horses that come in. (S)he has a name! (S)he doesn't need your stupid one! The one (s)he has is stupid enough already! >twitch<
As far as good luck items, I don't really know if I'd consider them good luck, but they go with me in my show box to every show. One is a thinly braided bracelet of Red's tail hair because, well, Red Pony. He was the best. I know he's always there cheering Bobby on when things start going south. There was nothing Red Pony loved more than a good tantrum.
The other is a pair of bandage pins. They just hang out at the bottom of my box, doing nothing but very slowly rusting. And there they will remain for eternity, and it's one of those weird things I won't even begin to explain.
|bandage pins, tail hair, one seriously stained collar that can probably be tossed,|
bell boots that i no longer need, pinny holder, and a lot of hay. someone should
clean this filthy thing out.
That's about it for superstitions. I do have a couple of random habits/routines like pushing down my helmet before I leave the start box. The more times I do it, the more nervous I am. I'm not sure I think that accomplishes, but there you go.