My childhood dream was to have a horse! And no just any horse, but a big black, fast horse! I begged my dad daily for years to get a horse :)
I've been around hourses and riding sense i can remember. I really started to get involved with riding and working with horses when i was 10.
When i was 11 i finally got my first horse. My first horse was an unbroke welsh pony mare named Windy. I remeber finding her add in the local paper and begging my dad to go look at her, but he seemed to refuse. The next day when i got off the bus i saw her! There was a white and brown pony tied to light post at the end of the drive way. I remeber screaming with excitment, dropping my back pack and running to her overjoyed that i finally had a horse :) As time went on, me and that pony learned so much together. When i had first got her she was not broke AT ALL and i was still learning. Over time, we seemed to train eachother and before i knew it i had the absollute PERFECT horse. She was very well broke for riding, and i culd even hop on here with nothing but a twine string around her neck and go. My second year into owning her i joined the local saddle club and began western gaming. I never thought of getting "competitive" until it was sadly time to move on. When i was 13 i had grown alot and it was time for a bigger horse.
That brings me to my next horse sandy, a bay QH mare. i bought sandy from the amish and they were just starting her on riding. I got her with hopes of getting more involved with barrel racing so i worked on finishing her out. In about a year or so's time i had her finished but discovered her obviouse true calling was trail riding ( slow work ) and i wanted both in a horse. So then, i sold her to someone who wanted a good trail horse.
Towards the end of owning sandy, we were offered 2 horses for free. They were about 2 hours away but i was sure they were worth it. So, my dad went down to pick up the horses and i remeber being sooooo excited! but, when my dad pulled into the yard, parked, and opened the trailer door, my heart dropped... I was amazed that the 7 year old arabian gelding was even able to stand. He was EXTREMELY amaciated and in horrible condition. Every bone and tendon showed clearly under the thick winter coat. He had large scars, overgrown hooves, wire tangled in his overgrown main and tail, and a firey, wild temper. The vet that checked him over was disgusted with his condition. She said he would have had less than a month left to live if we weouldn't have gotten him outta there. The second horse was a 28 year old welsh cob gelding named blackie. He was also in bad shape, but not quit as bad as the arab. We started by getting their hooves trimmed and treated for thrush. Then we vacinated and wormed them. Then we fed them quality hay and grain through the winter. In the summer they were let out into a lush pasture and givin grain daily. Over time i got them both trained and sold them to someone who was going to use them. I am so glad we were able to give these horses a second chance at life!
Then came the dream horse! AQHA Peppy Badger Tivio, a 3 1/2 year old BLACK QH gelding. I got him at the perfect time to start training him. When i got him he was not even halter broke, so i went to work. I got him halter broke and saddle broke after a few months and it was awsome! My intentions with him, were to do trail riding and compete in the shows.
During the time of having him i was again offered another horse for free. A 12 year old Dun QH cross mare that was pro trained for barrels. Obviousley i could not turn this down and decided she'd be my barrel horse and tivio could be my trail horse.
I had a great time with junie! We won 2nd place overall for western gaming in my club 2 years in a row. But evenutally i was begining to struggle paying for 2 horses, their care, my car, insurance, gas, etc all on my own and i had to make one of the hardest decisions! I had to pick a horse to sell... I chose to sell Junie because i could not part with tivio. He was my baby and we had been through soooo much together. I had saved his life and also helped him trhough a temporary blindness. I could bare parting with hime, so i sold junie. I could not ask for her to now be in a better, more beautiful home! Her 12 year old owner loves her to death and they went to STATE for gaming this past year and placed! She gets ridden daily, gets messages, and pampered at her new home :)
As for my barrel racing dream, it wasn't over even though i thought it was. Tivio has a lanky and tall build, not typical for a good barrel racer. Our best time at that point was around upper 20s or low 30 seconds lol! But i tried with him anyway. I worked with him on barrels the whole off season and came back with a bang! our times got better and better! We got 1st overall this last year in gaming and 1st overall in plessure! In under a years time he had become "my barrel horse"!
I mainley ride western, but ride some english too. I do some extra things in english like trails and jumping, but my main focus is western gameing (barrel racing, pole bending, key whole, etc...).
I love to go on really long relaxing trail rides, yet love to let it all out in the arena. ** I really enjoy it when someone else comes along riding to. I get really competitive in the arena, but always make sure the well being of my horses and me come first. Then kickin but!!
That's me :)
Kristin's Riding Style
Hunter / Jumper