Here are the top 10 things that my blog readers wanted to know about me
1) Why is your blog called A horse and a half?
My blog is called a horse and a half because when I started this blog back in 2007 I owned my own horse and was looking to half lease another. It seemed like a cute blog title and so it stuck.
2) Where do you live?
I like to keep my non-horsey life private so all I can tell you is that I live in America above the Mason Dixon line, below Canada, west of the Atlantic and east of the Mississippi.
3) What kind of horses do you have?
Mexican General is an off the track Thoroughbred that I retrained for dressage. He is retired now and living the good life.
My show horse is Phoenix, who is part Appaloosa and part who knows. He was rescued at a few days old by the Last Chance Corral.
4) What is wrong with your horse Gennyral?
The short answer is that I don’t know. The long answer is that on March 13th of 2007 my horse Gennyral bowed his superficial digital flexor tendon playing in the field. A few weeks after the injury we noticed that instead of getting better, the swellling in his leg was getting bigger. An ultrasound confirmed that my horses tendon was not healing, and instead was disappearing. In May I took my horse to the vet hospital to get the controversial treatment of stem cells. The prognosis for my horse was not good. So much of his tendon was gone that it was not expected my horse would live to see 2008. With the help of Vet Stem Stem Cell therapy my horses leg started to heal. We had to get two rounds of stem cells but eventually my horses tendon healed. Gen’s tendon healed so well that I have been given vet clearance to ride Gen lightly at the walk. I have yet to try getting back on my horse, but that is more because of fear than any physical reason.
5) Have you always ridden dressage?
No. Not at all. I have always loved dressage, but I did not start riding dressage until 2001. I went away to college and signed up for dressage lessons in addition to hunt seat lessons. I knew after my first week that I wanted to ride dressage and the rest is history!
6) Why don’t you like grey horses?
You can see every speak of dirt on them, they get stained whatever color the dirt is, you have to groom them twice as often as any other color to get that healthy coat shine, they have higher rates of cancer…need I go on? I do love my grey horse Gennyral though!
7) Why don’t you use your real name? It is not hard to find out who you are.
I just want to avoid google searches of my name. I know several people who have easily tracked me down because I am open about my horses names as well as when I am showing.