(Closed) Calling all horse people of the Hive!!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ll play!

Do you ride? If so, what style(s)?

I grew up doing hunters, equitation, and medal classes. I’m currently training in show jumping (and learning the “classical style” taught in Europe as opposed to the “american style” I’ve been riding in my whole life.

Do you own or lease- If so, give us pics and stats!


I currently do not own or lease. I had a horse in high school (but don’t have any pictures on my computer). And I showed my trainer’s horse summer before last. He was a 10 yr old 17hand throughbred. Sorry it’s  ascreen cap from a video so it’s blurry. That’s a 3′ fence, he had a LOT of scope:

And standing:

Do you have a career in horses?


No but I wish I did. I’d love to train horses for a living. Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to make money doing that.

Are you competitive?


I rode competitively when I was in the US. I would like to get into competitive showjumping in the UK, but until I get a horse of my own, that might not be an option.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Eva Peron: Your horse has SUCH a sweet face!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Do you ride? If so, what style(s)? All western. Only riding I do is pleasure riding. I did learn English, but was not a fan of the saddles. Lots of pinched calf muscles πŸ™ But, I haven’t ridden in YEARS. 

Do you own or lease- If so, give us pics and stats! Own. She is in WI with my grandma and grandpa, and sadly I am here in VA.

Do you have a career in horses? No.

Are you competitive? Nope. I learned some jumping at a summer horse camp which was a LOT of fun, but anything more than that was too expensive. 

Here’s my dirty girl about 7 years ago. I’m a grab-a-lead-and-go girl. This was before I got to brush her out. 

Did a lot of this growing up:

As a child on my grandmother’s horse. RIP Texas πŸ™

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Oh – cousins and I. This is Texas also. I’m the girl behind the boy.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you ride? If so, what style(s)?  Western, not western pleasure, but one of my best friends competes in it and trains horses for it. 

Do you own or lease- If so, give us pics and stats! Neither, most of my friends own them so I can borrow at any time.  My Ex has a horse that he bought for me to ride and I can pick it up any time I want.  Darling Husband, I, and DSS have been over there riding many times. (My Avatar)

Do you have a career in horses?  I used to, I was the caretaker at a horse property and trained horses at a few.

Are you competetive? LOL, I love to team rope, but competetive – NO.  I try really hard but there are some hilarious videos of me forgetting to dally because I was so excite I actually caught the calf and I go flying of the back of the horse.  Yes, this has happened more than once.  Embarassed  I also used to ride broncs, but suck at that too.  I have broken most of the bones in my body because I thought I was tough enough for it – WRONG, that shit hurts.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Eva Peron: and that would be a NO, those videos are hidden for a reason.  When Darling Husband and that ex first met, the ex was so excited to show him the video “Oh, I got something that you just HAVE to see.” *shakes head*  A male bonding moment, the humiliation of me, thanks guys. LOL.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I ride some, had a back injury (not horse related) a year ago so have not been riding much since.  I ride english, used to 3 day event until I graduated, then did some hunter jumper stuff.

I have 2 horses left (used to have 9).  My old eventer is 31 this year and is retired with a friend.  My gelding is a coming 6 year old thoroughbred that I bred and raised. 

Here is me and my old mare the last show we did together before I went away to college:

And my gelding 2 years ago at his first race (we got scratched pre-race, long story, but I was livid)

And one of him when I sent him for training last year post race track.

 

I have had a horse career, I have run several local breeding operations and did lots of repro work with QH’s and TB’s.  I have also groomed for showjumpers, race stables, and done yearling prep here and overseas plus lots of barn management jobs and general farm labour.  I’d love to make a career out of it, though unless you own your own facility, it’s really hard to make a decent living, and have any kind of normal life. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Eva Peron: Thanks! It was a really expensive summer showing him so much, but he was a fantastic horse. I just wish I’d been able to show him in the jumpers as well. But my trainer bought him from someone who was trying to train him grand prix and had been running him off his feet, so with all the hunter/eq training we were doing it would have been detrimental to take him back into a speed oriented class.

 

  @Take The Reins: I was wondering if you were a rider from your user name. Your gelding looks great. How did you get into working in the horse world? It really seems so hard to “get in the door” especially now since I’ve been out of college for over 5 years and I can’t just be a barn rat day in and day out to work my way up.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Do you ride? If so, what style(s)?

I started out western (bad idea, most adult saddles have too long of stirrups and too wide of seats, childen saddles are too shallow and have too short of stirrups), then moved to a hunter barn for a couple years (lots of green ponies there since everyone else was too big or smart enough to avoid them) then got burned out working at a camp before spending a little while at an arab barn riding “hunter pleasure” (seems a bit redudant?). But it helped my bracing problem I developed from being thrown over fences too many times (and the dirty stoppers, nearly gave my ex a heart attack when he came to watch a lesson when I was riding one, I thought it was hilarious.)

^This is why I don’t do western… also, I never went back to this camp. Disagreed so much with their teaching practices.

Do you own or lease- If so, give us pics and stats!

I’ve never owned, or even leased. When I did show it regularly it was on lesson horses. Somehow I ended up riding for a former coworker of my dad’s since she loved to buy ponies for her children but didn’t understand when they became pasture sour from not being used for months at a time. She was even more surprised when I would work with them for a couple weeks and make it through a whole division without too much of a blow up.

^The first in a line of her “failed” ponies, we got division champion after riding him once before. Found out later that he used to do A shows… that explained a bit

Do you have a career in horses?

Not at all. It’s kind of funny, on my FFA horse judging team, I was the only one who said they weren’t going into an ag career despite having the highest consistant scores on the team. I want horses to be an escape for me.

Are you competetivie?

Used to be, haven’t shown in years. I was only really competative in equitation classes, I liked having too much forward movement for hunter under saddle.

^ One of the dirty stoppers who loved to go… he used to do the pony medal classes before coming to the hunter barn.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do you ride? If so, what style(s)? I ride Western style, but only for pleasure.

Do you own or lease- I own! My wonderful Fiance bought me a horse for my birthday this year. His name is Shadow and I think he’s part Tennesee Walker and part Quarter Horse. So basically he’s equivalent to a dog “mutt” haha, but I love him. He’s a sweetheart and quite the looker if I do say so myself πŸ˜‰

Do you have a career in horses? nope.

Are you competetivie? No, definitely not. Shadow is just a pet that I ride for pleasure.

 

                         

 

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