Okay...get ready for a lot of text and pics lol.
I started riding about 6 1/2 years ago and it's the most fun thing I've ever done. It's what I look forward to every week and every day, until I can get out there and be around the horses. I think I'm literally a horse addict lol, because I live, dream and whatever else horses. Sometimes I randomly smell horses when there are none within 20 miles
I ride english-mostly eventing and some dressage, and I'm working on a bit of natural horsemanship because eventually I want to be able to ride without a bridle like Stacy Westfall. I ride bareback a lot because it's awesome (lol) and ride a horse named Louie, a 21 or 24 y/o Spanish Barb who thinks he's about 11 or so (seriously, I told him he was an old man and he head-butted me lol). He's hard to ride only because he has his "I wanna GALLOP" moments, and he gallops faster than a lot of Thoroughbreds. My instructor says he's the fastest horse she's ever had, and she's had TBs and currently has her "Rolex horse" who's sire is Charismatic (1999 KY Derby winner). But we're a team, and we have frustrations and disagreements but we're really a pretty perfect match. He's not mine, BTW, he's my instructors...the first horse she ever had. I could go on and on about Louie, so I won't...but one last thing ;) ...His show name is King Louis, but next show it's going to be Sir Crazyhorse :P
This is him. Excuse my hands, they're much too low...
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Get this bit offa me...grr
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Ahhh...the lovely hackamore!
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!!" (Look at his pitiful "long" mane...)
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Beautiful dutch running braid...this is what we do for dressage at shows
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Now I have to show you my baby Traveler. He's the horse that made me the rider I am today. He's also just a special horse, in more ways than one lol. His b-day is exactly 366 days before mine (he's a year and a day older than me) and no one else likes him (poor buddy). His mom was a lesson horse at the farm and his dad is unknown (probably an AQH). When he got weaned, he tried (twice) to jump the fence to get to her so he's go a very large dent in his shoulder now. This is him, my grouchy tough-guy golden boy...
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(and BTW, riding him bareback is like riding a furry couch lol...very comfy!)
Sorry for the pic and text overload!