How is it going, everyone? It’s Dyvergent, and Dakino and I made another horse Q&A for you guys to see!
If your horse could talk what would they say? What would they be like?
Warren’ll probably be all like, “Do we have to do this?” And then be like, “WHY” And then go all like, “HEY LOOK ITS ANOTHER PONY!”
Cookie: GIVE ME A COOKIE. I DEMAND A COOKIE NOW. OR ELSE I WILL BITE YOU. NO I REFUSE TO BE A TRAIL PONY. GET THIS KID OFF ME OR I WILL PROCEED TO BUCKING THEM OFF. OH YES I WOULD. IVANA DONT TOUCH ME I’LL BITE YOU. GIVE ME THAT. NO. I DON’T WANT CARROTS. I WANT COOKIES. DONT MAKE ME WORK. WHY DO I HAVE TO WORK. WORK SUCKS. CAN I HAVE A COOKIE. GIVE ME A COOKIE. I DON’’T CARE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE COOKIES. GIVE ME ONE.
If you were a horse, what would you look like (color, markings, etc), what discipline would you do, and what would you be like to ride?
Haha I’d probably be a little buckskin horse. I would probably do like hunters or something like that. But then when I don’t want to do something I’d probably just not do it. And I’d be like treat-crazy.
I’d want to be like a big, fat grey percheron that was ridden for english for fun or as a school horse (for advance riders so I don’t get my mouth tugged on) or I’d want to be like a black Hanoverian or something and jump. I don’t know. Or maybe a western school horse. Haha. I’m really willing to do whatever as long as I’m not a racehorse.
How many barns have you ridden at?
Two. I’ve ridden at a third once with my friend, but I never took formal lessons or anything there. I just rode a horse there once because I was hanging out where she rides.
What kind of bay do you prefer? (bright bay, blood bay, etc)
I love bright bays, they’re just so pretty.
I don’t really like the dark bays. So I guess like bright bays and like regular bays that aren’t dark or bright.
Can you braid a horse’s mane? Tail?
No. I’ve tried.
I can only braid tails. I make other people do manes for me.
Do you believe that you have to fall off in order to be a good rider?
Nope. I find this very untrue.
I mean. Yeah. You know you’re experienced. But you can be a good rider without falling. Even a really good Youtuber who rides and jumps and everything said I was a good rider before I had my first fall. And it wasn’t even like getting thrown off of anything. I slid off the side and landed on my feet. So technically you can consider that not as a fall. Technically. And yet everyone I know says I’m a really good rider still.
What do you think is more important: eq or effective riding?
Effective riding. Because it’s more important to get your horse moving correctly. And to some degree you need to have good eq to be an effective rider because the way you use/position your body affects the horse’s movement a lot.
Wait. You mean EQ by what? Haha. I’m like brainfarting right now. But I think you should have effective riding over EQ. (Dakino just refreshed my sleepy mind what EQ is) Like if your horse is just like WEEEEEE LETS RUN AROUND LIKE CRAZY AND IGNORE OUR RIDER you would need to ride effectively or you’re gonna like die and get trampled or something. (I think I exaggerated) but I mean EQ is a huge factor of effective riding, so I guess you could say they’re equal? IDK right now.
Are there any “horse couples” at your barn?
Kass and Prima used to be a couple but Prima moved away 😦
Kass and Prima were such an adorable couple. But Prima’s gone 😥
Favorite treat to feed your horse?
Carrots because I’m boring 🙂 And because Warren loves them.
It’s fun feeding Warren carrots with Ivana.
Silly quirks your horse has.
Warren has too many quirks to list… Warren likes drawing in dirt, spitting water on people, and pretending he’s free-lunging you.
Can I call Chuck-E my horse or something? If so, he has a lip quiver that happens when he’s falling asleep. It’s really cute.
Strangest thing you’ve fed your horse.
I haven’t fed Warren anything strange 😛
I gave Cookie a chocolate chip Cookie. Does that count as my horse?
Have you ever made any horse friends through the internet?
Hi Dyvergent… and Maya….
Ivana and Maya ❤ If I didn’t meet them that way, I’d have met them from lessons and summer camp anyways. Haha.
Would you buy horse furniture?
No. As much as I love horses, horse furniture doesn’t look right. 😛 But I would buy like small little accessories but not some full out horsey-couch cover.
Nah, I’ll pass. I mean sure if it’s like a horse painting. But I don’t want like pillows with horses stitched all on them on my couch or something. And I wouldn’t use a saddle rack as decoration haha.
Funniest horsey moment
We were just riding in the Pony arena and minding our own business when suddenly the sprinkler turned on. We saw Nicoya (this tall bay horse) flapping his lips next to it. He had turned on the sprinkler.
Haha I don’t really know. Like seriously I can’t even remember. OH. My friend Aarya was riding Smokey in a lesson a long time ago (before I met her and knew she was friends with my friend) and we were in line and he literally just laid down in the middle of the arena while she was sitting on him.
What’s a moment with horses that you wished you caught on camera?
I don’t have that many moments that I could want to catch with a camera because I don’t have any super special moments. But I really wish I had a video of me riding my first camp horse, Star.
That one time when I fell off Wiz. I mean it was my first fall, and I wanted to see what it looked like. Haha. Even though it was a really lame fall. and I just slipped while loping. Or even just riding Elko.
How young was the youngest horse you’ve met?
Probably like 2 years old.
I met a few three to six month old Gypsy Vanner colts and fillies who were the cutest things ever. They were all just so sweet and adorable.
How old was the oldest horse you’ve met?
I don’t know. I knew a horse that was really old but I never learned his age.
I think this horse Blackjack who lived at the first ranch I rode at. He was like 41 when I met him, and he was still really happy doing camps. He apparently even jumped out of his pasture that year to do camp. He was a sweetie.
Opinion on colorful tack? (like red or blue)
Not the biggest fan of it. But a aqua blue bridle would look cute on a black horse.
I don’t really like colorful tack. Seriously.. I like those classic colors like if you’re an english rider, ride with either a brown or black saddle. I don’t really like seeing people riding in like pink saddles or something. It kinda looks just- weird.
Have you ever tried horse treats? Hay?
Never horse treats but I’ve tried hay before though. It doesn’t taste like anything.
Haha. No 😦 But I wanna try hay. I mean it’s just grass and flowers if you’re eating alfalfa hay. It’s not like it would kill you if you ate it.
Have you ever felt like giving up on a horse?
Well, once sort of for about 20 minutes when I was free-lunging Prima and she just wouldn’t listen whatsoever. But it was over really quickly because our ride was really awesome 🙂
I mean, not really yet. I can’t really explain stuff like this well.
Tell the story about the horse that you first felt “click” immediately with you (and if you can’t remember, most recent ;))
I haven’t really ridden a horse I immediately clicked with. We will always have something to work out.
Elko. We really did click. He was super duper responsive to me and didn’t try to run off with me or anything. He was this huge factor in my riding life.
Ever ridden side-saddle? How was it?
No. I’ve like sat with my other leg hooked over the horn but that’s as close to side-saddle as I will get.
Haha I haven’t. But it looks hard. Like how do people jump side-saddle. HOW? Especially if you did it on a Garrod’s horse who knows only how to not throw you off. Sometimes. DEFINITELY don’t do side saddle on Utah. I think he’s got the smallest brain of all the horses I know.
Most interesting place you’ve ridden at.
Haha around a pond? There aren’t really interesting areas to ride at Garrod Farms.
I mean I’ve only ridden at ranches in arenas or at Garrods’ trails. So I guess I could say the trails because it’s really pretty and peaceful?
What kind of horse to you like? (sport, stock, endurance, etc)
I don’t really know. I kind of like sport horses though.
I really like all of them. They all have certain qualities I really like.
Do you feel like you have more patience with horses than people?
Yes. OMG. Totally I do.
Is the horse you ride very vocal?
Only to food… and sources of food.
Well I mean I ride different horses every week and I really don’t know.
Ever ridden in the sunset?
No… maybe someday but Garrod’s sunsets aren’t that pretty since its the same height as the other mountains next to it so the sunsets are basically: you see the sun, the sun goes bye bye.
How do you like a horse’s mane? (roached, pulled, long, etc)
I like it long.
I like it long and natural. I don’t really like how Warren’s mane is on horses typically. But I’m getting used to it. (Warren rocks the mane though)
What is your dream name for a horse?
I don’t really have a dream name for a horse but Snickers is a super cute name.
Haha well IDK. I used to be obsessed with the name Skye before for some reason but I really don’t want to have a horse named Skye now…But if I had like a Haflinger I’d want to name him Simon. I think its a really cute name for a Haflinger ❤