6. Favorite equestrian book and movieI LOVE the Heartland books, Black Beauty and The Black Stallion. I'd say my favorite movie would be The Black Stallion....as a huge natural horsemanship lover, nothing tickles me more than seeing a person really at one with their horse, riding tackless and just riding to ride, not just to win.
7. Most common riding misconceptionI'm not sure if I'm supposed to answer this with a personal answer or something, but I'd say a very large misconception would be that riding isn't hard work, or that we're all rich. Nothing grates on me more than when someone says I just sit there, or that I'm loaded because I'm able to have a horse. Honestly, I'm poor because I have a horse. Hahaha!!! For a more personal answer, I fool myself into thinking that I'm just a beginner that can't handle anything. I know that I'm not a professional, and that I HAVE to work on some stuff, I'm not the best rider, but I really am a good rider. I just need to hammer that into my head.
8. 2 riding strengths and 1 riding weaknessesStrengths:
- My legs are really strong, I'm able to keep my legs in a good position for a longer time, although I have issues with my left leg occasionally.
- I'm able to keep my seat well enough, I guess this kind of ties in with the strong leg thing, though. One thing that I pride myself on is the ability to ride any gait on any horse, rough or smooth, and I keep my EQ as well as I ever have.
- Reining is my biggest struggle. If I keep them low, I feel like I won't be able to stop him and that makes me nervous. If I keep them too high, we're both uncomfortable and my EQ suffers. I need to find my happy place when it comes to reins.