I live in the USA (not telling where sorry). I’m in my twenties. I grew up on a farm where we always had horses, dogs, cats, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, cattle, a sheep, etc. although not all at the same time lol. I’m a fraternal (not identical) twin (sister). I also have an older brother. I was homeschooled.
I’m friendly, giving, encouraging, empathetic, a good listener, sensible, outgoing, curious, creative, caring, enthusiastic, loyal, silly, etc.
My number one passion (read obsession) in life is horses. I love absolutely everything about them. I’m the little girl who never forgot how to love the beauty, majesty, power of the horse. I love riding them. I love training them. I love grooming them. Heck I even hand walk my horse on the neighborhood streets like a dog! 🙂 I think horses are the best therapy in existence. If I’m stressed or upset there is nothing better than to hug my horse and spend some time brushing him. It’s one of the most relaxing things ever. I can’t say enough about how much I love these beautiful creatures. I can’t imagine my life without horses. In fact the only time I’ve ever been without them (besides when I was a baby) was from April 2007 until October 2009 (yes I remember exactly when lol) and it was miserable. Horses make me whole and without them there was always something missing in my life.
I started riding when I was five. I grew up riding western (started out bareback before we even had a saddle), but started taking dressage lessons as a teenager. I love both styles (western and english). Nothing beats a nice long, relaxing trail ride, but I also love the togetherness of dressage. Learning to work together and understand each other. I also love clicker training (more about clicker training below) as a way to bond and learn together. It’s been quite an experiment learning to clicker train a horse, since I’ve always trained dogs. I’m obsessed with the breed of horse called the Friesian. They are the most amazing horses ever. If you’ve ever seen Ladyhawke, Alexander, Black Knight, 300, Zorro, Eragon, Disney’s Tall Tales, Emma, etc. then you’ve seen them. I’ve seen all of those movies except 300 by the way. 🙂
Speaking of dogs, they are my second passion. I love almost every dog I meet. I was one of those kids who could name every different breed of dog (and most of their breed standards as well), every dog sport, explain canine body language in excruciating detail, etc. I’ve been training dogs since around 1998 (in my early teens). I learned about clicker training sometime around 2003 and tried it a little with my Siberian Husky Storm. It wasn’t until 2008 when I got my Beagle/Mountain Cur Jackal that I seriously started using clicker training. I’ve been using clicker with him since he was seven weeks old and now he knows over forty tricks and behaviors. The first time I ever tried clicker training with a horse was in January 2010 with Chrome, my Friesian Sporthorse. He wasn’t even a year old yet and I’ve taught him almost everything he knows since then with clicker training. He loves it!
Writing is another favorite hobby. I’ve been writing stories since I was little, sometime before 1995. There is one set of characters that I’ve been writing short stories and novels about since 2002! I’ve never shared my stories with anyone other than my sister and I doubt I’ll ever get one published. I started participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo – http://www.nanowrimo.org) in 2009. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I won in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I didn’t participate in 2012 and then I won again in 2013. Another outlet for my writing (and one that I share) is blogging!! I love blogging! I’ve sporadically written in journals since 1996 (and yes I still have them all!), but I didn’t care for handwriting them. In 2008 (when I got Jackal) I discovered dog blogs and have never gone back. It’s a fun way to combine writing, journals, photos and my pets all in one! What’s not to love?? I’m also an avid reader. Before I got my e-reader I would carry a book with me everywhere. I’ll even read my book when I get stopped by trains!! I can sit in a room full of people carrying on conversations, with music or the television blaring and read my book. I can get interrupted a million times while reading and still go back to it like I never stopped mid sentence. 🙂
Something else I enjoy doing is playing the piano. When I was a kid (I can’t remember how old, but probably early teens) I was bored one day and grabbed my mom’s mini electronic keyboard and started self teaching myself how to play out of one of her piano lesson books. I learned from books for a while before I finally took lessons. I took lessons for over a year, but when my teacher moved away I didn’t care for the new one so I stopped going. I can still read music and know where all the keys are, but I’m so out of practice I don’t know if I could play a song or not. Someday when I have time I would like to pick it up again and learn how to play better.
Other things I enjoy are drawing, making scrapbooks (and recently digital scrapbooks!), crocheting, computer games, Xbox, making things (like my horse’s halter and my dog’s jacket), web design and I LOVE outdoor activities like walking, biking, hiking, swimming, fishing, riding four-wheelers, kayaking, going out on boats, cook outs, going to the gun range (for target practice; I have my own .22 and I LOVE shooting hand guns), SCA events (go here to learn more about the Society for Creative Anachronism http://www.sca.org/), camping, etc.
Well I guess that about sums it up. 🙂