The Relatable Rider

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider

I have always been a fan of less is more when it comes to bits for my horses. When I worked at Spruce Meadows, we were only allowed to ride in fat snaffles, and it taught me early on how to solve problems without just bitting up.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider, mini horses, clipping, grooming

There is a tweet doing the rounds again in regards to what it costs to own a horse. And the answer to that question: It’s everything. Horses cost everything.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider

I have been involved in horses in some shape or form since I was six years old. I turned it into a career and more importantly, a lifelong love, and nearly five years ago that lead me to a sales position at Horse Community Journals. When I started working here, I thought I was pretty open-minded when it came to horses.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider

I don’t think it matters how old you are, you still want your parents to be proud of you. While my parents are not “horsey” people at all, they have been truly supportive of my love for the sport from the get-go, putting me in lessons as a child and driving me to and from the barn countless times over the years.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider, mini horses, clipping, grooming

Last fall I wanted to buy some new clippers and in an effort to help pay for them, decided to start clipping horses for other people again. I never actually did clip my own mare, deciding that clipping a three-year-old, barely broke horse was not in my best interest.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider

I have never been a small person. When I used to run races I would joke that I was not built to run, but rather to carry heavy things and bear children. I’m sure my humour was in part to cover up my insecurities about my own body, its shape, and its size. I would like to think that I have come to terms with it, but in all honesty I know that this will likely be a lifelong battle.

April Ray-Peterson horse blog equine blog the relatable rider

When I first bought my mare, Fire Foot MR5, as a two-year-old, getting on her back was the farthest thing from my mind. In fact, she actually stayed at the breeders for several months to continue to grow up and enjoy being a "kid." Even when I brought Fire home last May, the prospect of getting on her was no closer to the forefront of my mind.

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