Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Sunshine Award!

I've been nominated for an award!  Thank you to My Life On Horses (http://mylifeonhorses.blogspot.ca/) for nominating me for this neat award.  As always, there are rules to follow for each award.
Here's the spiel:
The sunshine award means, bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. Of course all awards have rules for awarding people.
·         First, the nominee must thank the blogger that nominated her and link to her blog. 
·         Next she must nominate ten bloggers for the award and let them know. 
·         Then, she must answer a list of ten questions and post to her blog.  
·         Finally, the Sunshine Award button must be posted on the blog
Without further ado, here are the questions and my answers
 Do you prefer Mares or Geldings? 
Geldings all the way.  I haven't ridden a mare that I truly like or connect with yet
2. English or Western?
Predominantly an English rider, but I've been known to chase a cow or round a barrel or two.
3. Do you prefer "younger" or "older" horses?
I like the middle of the road horses, those who have seen some but still need a bit of finishing and can still grow/learn in their abilities.
4. Have you ever trained a horse from ground zero?
Nope, but I think it could be fun/interesting... as long as you get the right youngster
5. Do you prefer riding or ground work?
Riding, but ground work can be fun, specifically loose lungeing/round penning (when done not in excess).
6. Do you board your horse or keep it at home?
Boarding at a friend's place.  I actually like boarding since you get that barn atmosphere with other people, can bounce ideas off of others, and just enjoy being surrounded by others who love their horses just as much as you do.
7. Do you do all natural things or commercial stuff? (In the sense of products.)
From reading other blogs, people seem to be tripping on this question.  I think what they're getting after is if you use all-natural products (natural fly spray, natural liniments, essential oils, sheepskin or wool pads, etc.) vs more processed products like neoprene, synthesized chemicals, etc.  I use whatever works and doesn't harm my horse, be it natural or otherwise. 
8. All Tacked up or Bareback?
Give me my tack, baby :)
I did school Dillon bareback when I could (dressage schooling in the indoor in winter was the BEST!), but I don't trust Koda as much with our riding situation.  If there was an indoor at the barn, absolutely I would!  But since there isn't... not so much.  I should look into doing more dressage schooling bareback at the arena this year though...
9. Equestrian model?
I love the way William Fox Pitt handles his horses.  At every competition, he seems to have them completely prepared and ready to tackle the task at hand.  They are all calm, fit, and if they seem to be not on their game that day, he will withdraw (Rolex 2013).  Being such a long rider, he handles himself brilliantly.  It's ironic since this year I'm getting to go to the Royal in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) and he'll actually be there for the indoor eventing!  Sadly, he's leaving before I'll get there so I'm missing out by 2 days.  Damn  
10. What's your, one, main goal while being in the horse world?
Complete as many horse trials as I can with Koda with a number, not a letter.  Would love to get to Training Level, or complete a traditional three day, but would need to go down to the States for that.

Alright everyone, here is the hard part:  choosing 10 bloggers to award this to!  Since all of you are so wonderful, I'm going to take a post out of Andrea's blog over at  http://uncatchablenumber257.blogspot.ca/, and say all of you who are reading are nominated!  Take this post, copy and paste it and have at 'er!

Such a kissable nose


  1. Thanks Karley :)
    With all the products there are out there, I try to keep it as simple as possible! Use what you need, and what works without harm