Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop: Week 2

Last week's Hobby Horse Blog Hop got us off to a start. For me, it's always scary starting something new! I just started doing something new with Pippin, and the first time we did it, I was a little cautious. But each time we practice it we both get better at it. I've been long lining him. I'll get some pictures of us and put up a post about it soon.

So, maybe I can get better at the blog hop, too! I got it started, and now it's time to get it going! Please join us in talking about horses and other things. Have fun!

What experiences and memories do you have to share? 

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 2:
  1. Tell us about a special person you associate with your interest in horses. In what ways did(does) the person support you?
  2. Carousels: Yes or No? Which horse do/did you choose to ride?
  3. What sort of books did you read when growing up? 
OK.... and now for my responses:

1. I changed schools in 9th grade. If it weren't bad enough to leave all of my friends at my other school, I was put in the 'dummy' Math class. There was one other Freshman in the 8th grade Math class with me and we became friends immediately. We found out that we had a lot in common, more than just being stuck in the 'loser' Math class. Liza loved horses and I did, too. Liza owned horses... I did not. Within a few weeks of school starting I was going home with Liza to go riding. Liza taught me new things about riding. She provided many opportunities for me to practice horsemanship. We became best friends and our friendship has endured.

2. I always wanted to ride a horse on the outside. It took me a while to understand the physics of it, but they went faster and usually were bigger... and perhaps leaped higher than the inside horses. I liked shiny black horses with red 'trim'. I was insulted when the operator would ask me to put the strap around my waist to keep me from falling off the horse. How ridiculous!

3. My favorite day of the week was library day at school. I loved going to the library and finding new books to read. My parents were not big on books. I had only a handful of books of my own, and my mother rarely took me to the community library. I think I 'discovered' horse stories in the third grade. Probably around the time I began reading 'chapter' books. My favorite type of horse story was one in which the main character, almost always a girl, couldn't afford to own a horse, or couldn't have one because of circumstances,  but somehow ended up with one by the end of the book. (Hmmm... was that the formula for all successful horse stories?!) I also enjoyed reading books by Lois Lenski (I adored "Indian Captive") and books about pioneer life, those by Laura Ingalls Wilder and others.

My question: Shoes? or Barefoot? (for you? or your horse?)


  1. Yay! I was real excited to see what the blog hop was this week!

    Shyloh is a barefoot horse. She has good hooves and does not seem to be bothered by much. We don't really do anything, so there is no point in shoes, plus I am a believer of trying to be as natural as possible (sometimes more of an ideal than a reality)

    . Me, on the other hand, I always wear shoes!

  2. Barefoot.

    I've got to get to work, but I'll link up either tonight or tomorrow morning.

  3. Humans - barefoot if at all possible
    Horses - shoes as needed (2 barefoot always, 1 barefoot in the winter, 1 always shod)

  4. I didn't really see many carousels when I was little, but I'm wondering now if I'd have figured out the outside horse was the fastest. Sounds like you weren't such a math dummy ;-). Fun questions!

  5. I'm late to the hop (was busy with work and dental surgery this week), but I will hop on board in a day or two.

    Great memories you have of friends and horses.

    To answer the question of shoes: I like keeping my horses barefoot as much as possible. Misty has never worn shes. She's got great hooves for going barefoot. Thank goodness because it would be very costly to shoe those big footies of hers.

    For me...I like shoes: Dansko clogs for winter, sandals for summer, and cowgirl boots all year round.

  6. I joined the blog hop! What fun. I'm glad you decided to start it. :)

    To answer the question my answer is wholeheartedly barefoot! Shoes just cause concussion which can cause damage/arthritis and also damages the integrity of the hoof wall and compromises the total health of the hoof by removing the stimulation that makes them strong and healthy. Yep I'm all about barefoot. :D


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