Without further ado...
1. Most influential person on your riding
I don't have one specific person that really influences me. However, since moving to my current barn in September of 2011, I've been surrounded by a lot of really gifted riders who have inspired me to put more work into myself, and more specifically into my riding position. I can't afford to be in a lesson program, and that's never been something I've enjoyed, but I'm constantly pushing myself to be better than those around me. Not out of spite, but out of motivation to improve myself and my horse.
|i have to do right by my horse.|
he's kind of a big deal.
2. Piece of tack you'd love to splurge on
Just like Tracy and Julie, I'd kill to splurge on a saddle. I don't think I've ever even touched a fancy, expensive saddle, but I'd love to go armed into a tack store with a wad of cash (or someone else's credit card) and be able to sit in every dressage saddle under the sun until I found one that made my butt melt. Is there anything better? No.
|splurging on these boots would also be acceptable.|
3. Top 5 riding playlist
I don't own an ipod or even a fucking walkman, but even if I did, I probably wouldn't be able to listen to music while riding. I zone out way too easily as it is; I don't need to get distracted by music! That said, I have a playlist that I jam to when packing and unpacking for shows that includes Disney greats, Eminem, and Tom Waits. I like all the things. Don't judge.
|disney songs came from galloping my school's racehorses while they were home.|
nothing calmed them down like a little pocahontas. true story.
4. Most important aspect of your barn?
Turnout. The turnout at my barn is amazing. The fields are mowed regularly, reseeded every spring, and are giant enough that mud only accumulates by the gates and massive run-ins (that are also cleaned regularly). There are enough fields that there are several options for horse pairings and turnout time. Bobby currently goes out with three other horses in a twelve acre field for seventeen hours a day/night.
|bobby on the far right. you know, with the giant withers and tiny tail.|
5. Three winter riding goals
- Become more consistent with lateral work. Sometimes Bobby really gets it, sometimes he really doesn't.
- Jump in the indoor. It can be 2' for all I care. I can't take another winter off of jumping. Not practicing--even if the practice isn't the best--is not going to make either one of us better.
- Don't slack on hill work. I have to keep Bobby's hind end working this winter as well. We definitely started off last spring behind the ball.
|"really? winter goals? watch me go lame."|