Saturday, October 1, 2011

Most imporant of all...

I hate wearing my hair behind my ears. There, I said it. I think it looks horrible...but I do it anyways during the dressage portion. A lot of people at events ask me why I wear my hair over my ears (well during SJ and XC). I never have much of a good explanation besides the fact that I am a hunter barbie. I think it feels nice, looks nice, and most importantly, looks nice.

My name is Reagan. I'm 21 and am a student at Mississippi State University, where I am majoring in Animal and Dairy Science (aka pre-vet). The only english barn near MSU is an eventing barn.

Let's back up about 10 years. I was 11, and desperately wanted a pony. The only sale horse in our entire barn (that we could afford) was a feedlot horse who had "jumped" out of his feedlot and therefore they thought would like to jump. I use the term "jump" lightly because he didn't even make it out in one piece. He got a nail stuck in his side and came to the barn on antibiotics.

I leased him for that summer, and we definitely had a love/hate relationship. I loved him when he wasn't bucking me off every other time I rode him. He also had some food anger issues because he was a) in a feedlot and b) starved at some time...which I consider a feat for anyone to do because he gets fat just looking at food.

Meet Romeo (Bulletproof): cute is that. I was little...and I was little for a long time. I showed him on the A circuit...kind of successfully (not entirely) in short stirrup, eq, and pre-children's until 2005. I put changes on him, took him fox hunting, did jumpers, and a bunch of other stuff. He always tried hard for me...but then I grew. I'm 5'7'' and he is 14.3 on a good day. I eventually leased him out in 2007, and in 2008 I "retired him."

In 2006, I got a "speshul" thoroughbred named Johnny. Note: I did not want a grey horse or a thoroughbred. I got a grey thoroughbred. He needs his hand held frequently, but he is incredibly athletic. He has a great dressage background, but I had to completely erase all his knowledge of jumping and start from scratch. So basically...his brain is a little short-circuited. He will go in the ring and be perfect (I do the A/Os for anyone who knows what that is), or he will go in and have a nervous meltdown...which must judges don't appreciate.

as a 3 y/o
as an 11 y/o


  1. First of all, I hope you keep blogging about your horse adventures because I think they will be fun to follow.

    I think it is really cool that you still have Romeo. Your thoroughbred is gorgeous!!!

  2. Thank you! I'm really excited about the whole thing. I think it will be good to track my progess.

    And thank you again, I love both of my boys.

  3. Love it! Look forward to keeping up with you.

  4. Thanks sunflowers! I appreciate it :)

  5. I put my hair in patties for dressage and stadium. Cross country, nah! My hair was fairly short, though.

    Did someone actually give you grief for patties in dressage? What are we supposed to do? I'd still at least want to use a hairnet!

  6. Thanks for reading Bif!

    I had a lot of people ask me what the heck I was wearing! I guess not technically grief, but they look at me like I'm a crazy :)

    I wear my hairnet like normal and just put it behind my ears with my hair instead of over and pull it back a little tighter. Apparently a lot of people wear a bun too, but I still flip my hair up underneath my hat (probably you don't have to worry about that since your hair is short :D)I don't know how to do a bun without looking sloppy...