In My Boots: 5 things that are the worst

Kristen Kovatch is airing her around-the-barn grievances. What would you add to her list?

From Kristen:

At a university barn, this week is one of the busiest in the semester: classes are starting, students and boarders are returning, and we have to get in some last-minute rides to make sure the horses are on their best behavior. In this organized madness, we’ve come across five things that are ABSOLUTELY THE WORST THINGS EVER TO HAPPEN EVER.

1. This:
A hole in the hairnet. Worst day ever.

2. This:


Horse standing on the hose. WHY HORSE I JUST WANT TO BATHE YOU

3. THIS. I do this every time.


All tacked up, and forgot to put on a standing martingale.

4. This:


Broken hay string. The worst.

5. THIS:


When you get to the end of the wrap and it’s been rolled the wrong way. WHO ROLLED THIS WRAP ARE YOU FOR REAL

May the start of your semester be merry and bright. And may these things never happen to you (though we know, at some point, they will).

Go Riding.

About Kristen: Kristen was an English major at Alfred University and was then hired on after graduation as the western teacher and trainer at the university’s Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. She would joke on that irony but her students don’t find it very funny any more. Kristen coaches the varsity western team and teaches classes in western riding and draft horse driving. She has shown reined cow horse, reining, western pleasure, and draft horses, as well as dabbled in hunt seat equitation. Between her horses and her students, Kristen is never short on stories to tell. Some of these stories can be read at her blog at She has also been published in Today’s Equestrian, Take the Reins and Ranch and Reata.


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