Welcome to Rein It In! My intention for this blog is to help those wanting to get into western horse showing. So what makes this blog different?
I’m currently a graduate student, meaning I do research for a University (full time) and in exchange, I get a small salary and my degree/ training is covered by my boss/the University. Let me emphasize that I am a full time, 9-5 employee, with the typical government holidays off; not your typical student with mornings/afternoons free, summers, and winters off. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to get into horse showing and found that there was a lack of information available for those who 1) do not intend to go professional, 2) have other life commitments (kids, work, travel, etc.), and 3) have no/limited experience with showing. So I’m learning as I go and plan to document my experience for those who are curious.
I have limited experience with performance horses and proper horse lessons. I grew up on a cattle ranch in West Texas where I had countless hours working with stock horses who were jacks of all trades but masters of none. I had always had the desire to show horses but there was no time for showing and our horses were not show worthy. I moved away from home for college and between classes, part time jobs, and internships, I had no time for a horse. Fast forward 8 years and after a small raise and some freedom in my schedule, I decided to take the plunge and feed that desire to show a horse.
So here I am, with a 4 year old quarter horse mare and a desire to become a better horse person. My goal is to post about once a week but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer your question. If I don’t know it, I’ll find out!