So I guess I should let the cat out of the bag. I'll be 31 this coming Sept. 2nd. I know y'all were thinking I was a shade over 21....... reality is setting in for me too.
In previous posts I've alluded to the fact that, while I love my horses, I'm just not that great of a horsewoman. It's just one of those things that in my wise old age I should own up to.
To give the briefest of back stories- I grew up riding once a week at a great lesson barn. We showed up, tacked up, rode in a group of 10, untacked, and went home. I participated in a couple of summer camps of which my primary memory is cleaning a massive amount of tack. But had a helluva fun time doing it! No wonder I still love cleaning tack to this day!
I stopped riding in high school, rode intermediately in college, and once a week during my two years in Arizona. When I moved back to Indianapolis I bought Luke but as we were at a show barn there wasn't much in the way of hands on learning. My time as an adult rider has been spent with the best of intentions but not much time in the way of coaching myself or finding others to coach me through the basics that I missed as a junior.
I'm challenging myself over this next lifeyear to complete 31 "new to me" horsemanship tasks and blog about them. This is where I need YOUR help to create my list!
So on to the contest! I need a list of 31 basic horsemanship tasks! Nothing is too simple or silly! To give a few examples....I don't know how to polo wrap. I've never cleaned a stall. And no- I'm not kidding.
Once I have my 31 suggestions I will pile everyone's name into a virtual hat and the winner will receive an Ariat team polo from me! Your name will be entered per suggestion so fire away! We all know the power of the blogosphere so feel free to share- I clearly need all the help I can get!
The photo below shows the end result of my fab teacher, Matilda, showing me how to bandage. Submit your suggestions and you'll be treated to 31 more photos of me being delighted! Contest ends on my big day (9.2.14)!