Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Equestrian Un-Bucket List

I think this was a great idea that I saw on She Moved to Texas' Blog. I think we all too often focus on what we haven't done and I know my bucket list is a mile long and oftentimes I'm afraid I won't ever get to do half the things I hope to do!

Lauren did 30 things because of her previous post on 30 things to do before she turns 30. First of all I wasn't sure I could come up with 30 things, plus I'm 21 so I bring to you,

21 Thing I've Already Done

1. Ride on the beach and go a full out gallop

2. Win a belt buckle (or 5)

3. Compete in a ranch sorting competition and win

4. Owned a Gypsy Drum horse (or two)

Miss this big guy a lot.

5. Ride in a recognized horse trial and not get eliminated

6. Ride in a double bridle

Jazzy and I in a lesson

Preparing to execute a very sassy flying change

7. Start a horse (well, several) from the ground up

8. Ride bareback and bridleless on a horse I trained to do so

9. Go to OHSET (High School Equestrian Team) State meet in reining, dressage and jumping on the same horse

10. Show at 3'

11. Ride outside on a summer night

12. Do an endurance ride

First 25 mile LD ride!

13. Go to the 2010 World Equestrian Games

14. Have owned two amazing heart horses, each for 10+ years

I will forever miss this view on Grady

15. See a horse being born

16. Have a professional trainer offer you a partnership as co-trainer in their barn

17. Ride a finished cow horse

18. Show at an A rated show

19. Ride a stallion

20. Ride in a parade

21. Ride a horse in Costa Rica

My pony for the ride

When I started this list I had trouble thinking of things to put, but as I got rolling I found I'd actually done a lot more than I thought I had! It'll be good to look back at this when I feel like I haven't accomplished anything.


  1. Don't you love your belt buckles? I love mine sooo much!

  2. How did you win your belt buckles? I'm jealous that you and L have some!

    1. They're from competitive trail. Also called "mountain", "extreme" or "cowboy race" kind of trail, not the kind you see at stock horse competitions :)

  3. That is so cool that you got to go riding in Costa Rica!

    1. It was actually my least favorite thing on this list. The horses weren't in great shape and the guy leading the ride was a jerk. But it was definitely an experience...

  4. Hey! I just stumbled on your blog (linked from somewhere else, to somewhere else, and so on.) I actually wrote the original post that Lauren saw (She Moved to Texas). I wrote the first "Un-Bucket List" post on my birthday as a way to express my gratitude for the many good things that I have already received in my life. I am quite happy to see that others are finding it worthwhile to also express their gratitude for the good already received. Here's the link to my original post if you're interested: http://www.bakersfielddressage.com/1/post/2014/01/the-un-bucket-list.html

    Karen from Bakersfield Dressage

    1. Thanks for starting this Karen! It's a great idea :)