Welcome to the second installment of “Would You Rather?” Equestrian Edition.
The questions below come courtesy of the website Horse Nation at https://www.horsenation.com/2015/05/05/equestrian-would-you-rather-spring-edition/.
I detailed my own answers to the first five questions in a previous post at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/would-you-rather-equestrian-edition-first-installment/. Here I am addressing the last five. Let’s get to it.
Question #6- Would you rather own a plain bay that’s low-maintenance to clean or an eye-catching gray that’s constantly filthy?
The Backyard Horse Blog Answer- Dapple grey’s are SO striking, but I am a low-maintenance kind of gal (this coming from someone who currently has two pinto-colored horses with eight white legs between them- I did not set it up this way on purpose!). So I will go with the plain-jane bay. But you know what, bay is actually one of my favorite horse colors. I think bay is beautiful, not plain! Or maybe I think plain is beautiful? Whatever the case, bays are fabulous in my book.
Question #7- Would you rather only ever ride one discipline but be a champion within it or get the opportunity to dabble in many?
The Backyard Horse Blog Answer- I have already dabbled in a number of disciplines without any championships to my name. See my previous post at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/the-equestrian-world-a-wonderful-array-of-breeds-and-disciplines/. So it would be a fun change of pace to be a champion or high-point in one discipline. The sense of mastery would be so satisfying. Not that I know . . .
Question #8- Would you rather never see snow again or never see mud again?
The Backyard Horse Blog Answer- Winter can be harsh, but snow is pretty. Mud is not pretty. You can ride in snow. Mud not so much. I would rather never see mud again.
Question #9- Would you rather shed out all of that hair manually or body clip?
The Backyard Horse Blog Answer- I can’t body clip to save my life so . . . manually.
Question #10- Would you rather lose halters or lose fly masks out in the pasture?
The Backyard Horse Blog Answer- I guess I would rather lose halters. I pick this answer because I don’t usually leave halters on my horses when they are unattended. I would rather not lose fly masks because my current horses do frequently wear them outside during buggy weather. Bear rarely wore fly masks when he was younger, but his eyes are more watery now that he is in his twenties and has an official PPID diagnosis. And Shiloh is suspected by the vet to have seasonal allergies. The fly mask seems to cut down on his rubbing his eyes (the rubbing led to an emergency vet visit last year when he injured an eye- not good for Shiloh and not good for my pocketbook).
See my previous post “Got Fly Mask” to see the masks I like to use at https://thebackyardhorseblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/got-fly-mask/.
If you would care to share, let me know what your own answers are in the comments section!