Thursday, July 11, 2013

Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you Briana at Equestrian Diaries & Ruffles at Just a Girl and her Horse for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! 

 HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each blogger's page and let them know you have nominated them.

11 Random Facts about me: 

1. I love to read
2. I've been homeschooled since 2nd grade
3. I love colored pens
4. I absolutely love ice cream
5. I started riding when I was 12 years old
6. I really want to get into English riding more
7. I love the color turquoise
8. I love watching Duck Dynasty, Heartland, & Blue Bloods
9. I have my drivers license
10. One of my favorite pairs of shoes other than my boots are my Sperrys! 
11. I live in a small town

11 questions from Briana:
  1. When and why did you start riding? I started riding when I was 12 because I was horse crazy.  I went to 2 horse camps that summer and then started lessons after that.  I got Bida that November.
  2. Have you ever taken any time away from riding? Why? No, I can't say that I have.  
  3. If you couldn't ride, what would you do with your horse/with horses? That's a hard would depend I guess.  If I could do ground work with them & just not ride I would keep them, if not I guess I would find an awesome home for them and visit them a lot.
  4. Where have you lived during your life? I have lived in LouisianaFlorida, Texas, & Oklahoma. 
  5. If you could travel to any place in the universe, where would you go? Italy 
  6. What horse (real or fictitious) has had a big influence on your horsey career? My mare, Bida. She has really helped me grow in my riding. 
  7. What is one big thing on your "bucket list"? To compete at the AQHA world show or a big horse show. 
  8. What are two goals you would like to achieve with your horse? Be able to ride her anywhere and have fun! 
  9. If you have a horse, what is his/her favorite thing to do with you? (If not, pick a lesson horse or a horse you used to have). Ride anywhere but the arena! :) 
  10. Do you play a musical instrument? If not, what is one you'd like to play? No, I don't.  I would want to play the piano or the guitar
  11. What is the most spur-of-the-moment thing you've ever done?  I can't really think of a "spur-of-the-moment" thing I have ever done. 

11 Questions from Ruffles: 

1. What is your favorite song? Gone, Gone, Gone by: Phillip Phillips  
2. If you are outside, what are you most likely doing? Riding or playing with the horses 
3. What is your horses favorite treat? Food! lol Probably just about anything
4. Do you have a color for your horse? Yes, her colors are turquoise & hot pink 
5. What is your obsession? Horses
6. What is your favorite equestrian discipline? Jumping, bareback, and cow work 
7. Least favorite? Bronc riding 
8. Why did you start blogging? My sister talked me into it. I'm glad she did!
9. Do you drink coffee? No
10. What other pets do you have besides horses? I have 2 cats
11. What are 3 things you can't live without? My horse, family, and a car. lol 

11 Questions for You: 

1. What is your favorite color?
2. What are some of your hobbies? 
3. How many horses do you have? 
4. How did you get into riding?  
5. What is your favorite movie? 
6. What are you obsessed with? 
7. Do you live in the city or the country? 
8. Is it a small or big town? 
9. What type of car do you drive? 
10. What is one thing on your bucket list? 
11. What is one big thing you want to accomplish with your horse? 

The 11 Blogs I'm Nominating: 

1. Caitlin at Savvy Journey  
4. ReNeigh at Gert-A-Licious 
5. Ann at Horse Country Chic 
7. Lindsey at It Will All Work Out 
8. Melissa at My Life, Naturally!
9. Ranch Girl at Ranch Girl Diaries

Friday, May 24, 2013

35 Equestrian Qs & As

I found this questionnaire from L. Williams at Viva Carlos, that I thought I'd answer. :)  

1: A time you've been scared for your life on horseback.
That's a hard one....I can't remember when I was actually scared for my life on horseback, but when I was on the ground definitely

2: There's a huge party at your friends house or you could have a lesson on the same night, which do you go to?
I would rather have a lesson and show up late to the party. 

3: Favorite markings a horse can have.
Socks, stockings, & any face markings :) 

4: Would you rather deal with bolting, rearing or bucking?

5: Agree or disagree; To have good eq means to be a good rider?
Disagree, just because you have good eq doesn't make you a good rider. I will quote L's answer: "You can have good eq and not be effective, you can be effective and not have good eq, and you can be blessed and have both."

6: If you could try any discipline on any horse for 1 day, what discipline and what horse?
Jumping or cutting :) 

7: 3 horses you'd want to ride/meet the most?
          1. Secretariat 
          2. Cylana (Reed's horse)
          3.  Magic   (Pat's horse)

8: On a scale of 1-10 how good would you say your seat is?

9: One of your goals for the next year, horse-wise.
To show, start jumping more, & riding more. 

10: Would you rather teach lessons or train horses?

Train horses

11: Have you ever given a lesson for money?

12: If you were a trainer, would you want to train little kids, pre-teens, teens or adults?
Pre-teens, teens, & adults 

13: Have you ever ridden someone's horse for money?

14: If given the opportunity, would you exercise track horses?

15: On a scale of 1-10 what is your confidence like in the saddle?
Maybe a 4-5, I hope to improve on that this year. :) 

16: 3 things you need to work on, riding-wise?
Don't make "scary" things a big deal, confidence, & realizing that Bida is capable of more things than I realize. 

17: 3 things your horse needs to work on.
Maintaining gait, listening to me & not worrying about whats going on around her, and staying calm. 

18. Top 3 favorite riders? 
Reed Kessler, Pat Parelli, & Ron Turcotte

19: Is there anyone you'd say is a bad rider? (don't give names)

20: Are you better on the flat or over fences?
Flat right now, I haven't jumped a whole lot. 

21: How high do you think you've jumped?
A foot & a half, maybe 2 feet. 

22: How high do you think your horse would be capable of jumping?
2 1/2-3ish feet? 

23: Opinion on tackless riding.
I love to ride tackless when I get the chance. 

24: Have you ever lied or over-dramatized anything about your riding?

I don't think I have, but if I did it was probably something negative.

25: Do you think you're a good rider?
Yes, but I think I could definitely improve too. 

26: Ever had barn drama?
YES!  I think every barn has drama. 

27: Favorite things about the barn you're at?
Quite roads to ride on, trails, round pen, private pasture, arena, & nice boarders. 

28: Will you show next year? If so in what?
I hope to show in a few small shows next year. Halter class, western stuff, & maybe english too.

29: Plans for your horse over the next year?
Show in a few shows, go on some trail rides, do something with cows, & have fun!!!

30: Would you share your tack with people?
No, I probably wouldn't....unless I absolutely had too. 

31: Has a horse ever shattered your confidence?
Yes, believe it or not Bida has. But we are both learning and my confidence has grown a lot over the past year. 

32: Ever been scared to get on a horse?
Yes, when I first got Bida.  She spooked and reared up one day; after that I was pretty scared to get back on, but I did with the help of my trainer. :)

33: Do you get nervous before shows?
Doesn't everyone? Yes, I did at the shows I've attended. 

34: Hunters or Jumpers?

35: Last time you fell off? What happened? Were you hurt?
Last & only time so far was when: I was riding bareback in the pasture, Bida spooked and bucked me off.  I landed in a fire ant pile and my backside was bruised for a couple of weeks. 

 ~All Around Cowgirl~

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pray for Oklahoma

Please keep Oklahoma & the town of Moore in your thoughts and prayers.  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Second Lesson of the Season!!!!!

Emma Chase
Emma with Bida,
Progress Entry: Sat 11 May 2013

Online Level 2
15 minutes

FreeStyle Level 2
45 minutes
So I had a rough start this evening with Bida. I decided to hop on her bareback & ride her to the barn, I didn't want to walk through all the mud puddles and thought it would be a great experience for Bida to walk through the water. Well, she had other ideas I was on her about a minute and she started the second she landed back on the ground I hopped off and got her under control & walked her up to the barn instead of riding. I went to the car to get her saddled and ready for our lesson, which was a great one!!!! We rode on the rode for about 45 minutes, just her... no other horses. She did amazing!!!! After that my trainer showed me how to help her learn how to pick up her back feet and to teach her how she is supposed to do it & not kick. She did awesome!!!! I hopefully have another lesson next Friday permitting!! Can't wait! :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Horse Quote of the Week

found on Pinterest 

I have another lesson tonight, so stay tuned for an update on Bida tomorrow! :)
~All Around Cowgirl~