Whether you ride English or western, drive or trail ride… there are a few distinct features we all share that mark us without a doubt as horsewomen. Annie Goodwin explains.
The longer I am in the equestrian world, the more similarities I find in myself and my peers! Here are a few of the things that every horsewoman has in common! Go ahead, tell me I am wrong.
We’ve got hands to make any man feel soft. From digging post-holes, to mucking stalls and everything in between; the equestrian life is not one for the faint of heart (or hand).
2. Farmer’s tan
3. Horses come first… seriously.
4. Routine oriented
We are a routine bunch. Starting our day off the same way every morning and finishing up the same way every night has a poetry to it. Cleaning stalls and feeding grain doesn’t get monotonous; in fact, the mindless schedule can be therapeutic and relaxing! Life works better out of a routine.
Horse people in general are notorious for our “eccentricities.” Yeah, we are a little loony. I mean, who looks at a 1200-pound animal and thinks “Oh no sir, you are not the boss of me!”? WE DO! In all honesty, I think that the horsey lifestyle attracts and nurtures the natural bad@$$. So what if we’re a little loony? We’re all loony together!
6. Cars are really an extension of the barn
Saddles, water bottles, dirty boots, bags of grain, bales of hay, pads that need to be laundered and a broken blanket. What do these things all have in common? They are currently taking up a solid 70% of the available space in my vehicle. Oh and not to mention the sand (with a hint of poop, I’m sure) that covers all of the floor surface and most of my seats…. You know what I am talking about.
Horses have taught us how to stand our ground and to wipe ourselves off when we fall and hop right back on. They’ve taught us to be secure in myself and to trust our gut. Horses teach that with a little (okay, a ton of) hard work and determination, anything is possible. It’s so much more rewarding to know that you did it on your own. The equestrian lifestyle has given me that!
8. Not afraid of hard work
We throw around 50-pound bags of grain and push wheelbarrows full of poop like they’re nothing. Working from sunup to sundown sounds like a vacation and unlike the rest of the east coast, we celebrate Daylight Savings time because it means we can work even longer! We don’t just reach our goals, we blow them out of the water because day in and day out we keep those goals in mind and we work toward them with every step.
9. Typically disheveled
10. Small zoo keepers
11. Busy busy busy
Annie Goodwin was born and raised on a dude ranch in Banner, Wyoming. She has worked her way up through the ranks for top level eventers and show jumpers and has just recently purchased a top class facility in Aiken, SC. She now focuses on developing her young string of promising eventers and show jumpers to be a top level international competitor. Learn more about Annie Goodwin at rafteryequestrian.com.