Earlier this week I was riding Macy and was thinking, “I wonder what 3 words I would use to describe this horse.” And then I thought, hey, this could be a fun blog hop, or at least a fun blog post. Aren’t we all looking for blog ideas in dreary February?
So, here we go. What 3 words would I use to describe Macy?
I think that most of Macy’s attitude under saddle comes from how driven she is. From when she was first started to when she retired from upper level competition, her entire life has been work work work. She hates to plod. She thinks hacks that don’t involve being on the bit are stupid. She is a testament to the Thoroughbred in that she is a work horse. She’s happiest when she has a job and a purpose. I know it’s why Sarah kept her and also why the mare is so safe and honest under saddle. (Ok, over jumps at least…). It’s probably her best attribute.
I struggled with which word to use here. Macy isn’t sensitive in the typical TB way. She is opinionated but not as strongly as some horses. She’s just particular about her likes and dislikes. She hates being in an arena with any of the following: grey horses, paints, heavy footed horses and naughty horses. So, if you’re riding Macy in the arena with a light footed chestnut, you’re bound to have a nice ride. As for naughty horses, well she wants to be the naughty one in the arena. So, she gets tense and tough. Oh. And she hates when other horses canter too close to her. Walk and trot just elicit ears pinned but cantering too close elicits a bolt most days. See, she’s just particular. It’s totally normal. Or maybe not…
I really really was hoping to say “angsty.” Or “insecure”. But really, as much as I have grown fond of this mare, she’s still a total bitch. The other day Sarah asked me to blanket her. I went into her paddock, said hello and began to blanket her. As I latched the chest straps she just nailed my arm, teeth bared, leaving it bloody. There was absolutely zero reason for it. Fu*king bitch. And she’s a bitch to pretty much any horse. Like, get over yourself already, mare! That she is besties with Rapid is still a mystery to me, but it’s cool. At least she has one friend. Her paddock has huge holes from where she has kicked out all the plywood that was added for when Desi was born. She likes to kick at it any time she wants someone to know she is hungry, tired, bored or just irritated by all of us.
So there we have it. Three words I would use if someone asked me to describe Macy. Sure, she can also be a life saver, forgiving, honest and fun. (As well as terrifying, frustrating and ridiculous) but those aren’t as consistent.
So, tell me, what 3 words would you use to describe your steed?