The 5 Things That Only Horse People Understand

The 5 Things That Only Horse People Understand

Being a horse person calls for some interesting experiences in life that you just can't understand unless you're a part of it.

To all my fellow "horse people," this one is for you. All you barrel racers, equestrians, ropers, horse owners, etc., can relate to the weird habits, odd smells, time consumption and total lifestyle change that comes with being a "horse person." Owning and partaking in sports involving these quirky-yet-beautiful creatures definitely requires a lot of time and commitment. Hay becomes a part of your wardrobe, boots become your new favorite shoes, your horse eats better than you do, you confuse and impress your non-horse friends with your equine jargon, and you spend more time with your horse than you do people because even mare moods are sometimes easier to deal with.

1. The Money

If you're broke already, please do not think that buying a horse is a good idea. I have played a lot of sports in my life: tennis, softball, dance, cheer, cross country and soccer. None of those sports compare to how much it costs to barrel race. Supplements, saddles, tack, boots, clothes, food, hay, trailer, truck, gas, entry fees, farrier, vet, dentist, chiropractor, etc, etc. Needless to say, you better have some pocket change if you wanna get involved in the equine world.

2. The Time.

Free time? What is that? If you're a horse person, you are constantly riding, grooming, fixing something around the barn, mucking stalls, feeding, hauling, competing, shopping for, etc, etc. The to-do list never ends, and if you want to compete, it's an everyday commitment.

3. The Language

So my boyfriend actually used "trotted" to say he was jogging the other day. I have definitely rubbed off on him. At least he is beginning to understand the horse jargon. To non-horse people, we probably sound like we are speaking a foreign language. I mean hocks, mane, latigo, lope, bridle, breast collar, dressage, frog, hoof, shod, etc. These words seem like a normal part of everyday language but to others, expect some funny looks.

4. The Smell/Appearance

Owning a horse can show even in your appearance and smell...sometimes unfortunately. Hay becomes stuck to clothes and in hair, manure is a permanent attachment to your boots, dirt under your fingernails, hair all over (especially in the spring), bruises (this one is definitely for barrel racers), and that smell... but it's not all bad. Rodeo attire is pretty cute, boots are my favorite shoes, and jeans, t-shirt, and ball caps are my go-to.

5. Understanding/dealing with horses themselves

So, there were countless pics on the web that would fit this point, but I thought this one was appropriate. The mare mood swings, the goofy geldings, being spooked by literally everything, their love for pooping in a freshly cleaned stall or trailer, their obsession with treats, etc. We all begin to see that each and every horse is very different and has a personality of its own. I talk to my horse more than I do most people, and she gets me. I remember how I was with horses when I first started, and how far I've come once I learned that they are just like us, just better.

These are just a few of the many horse parts of life that we all know and understand too well. It's definitely a lifestyle of its own and something you just have to experience to understand. Being a horse person is one of my favorite parts of life and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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The NBA Finals, 2 Games In

Warriors halfway to a dynasty.


It's finals time in the NBA and the Warriors and Cavs isn't looking too good right now in terms of how long this series will go. The Cavs find themselves down 2-0 to Golden State with Game 3 serving as the pivotal game in this series. Either the Cavaliers will make a stand at home and make this series a little interesting, or face a 3-0 hole no team has ever come back from in finals history. To be fair to Cleveland, this series could easily be tied at 1 game a piece, making this trip home all the more crucial.

In game 1, LeBron James came out super aggressive. He was looking to score from the outset of the game and finished with a career playoff-high 51 points. He single-handedly kept his team in the game and were it not for a few questionable calls, and no calls, the Cavaliers could have gone up 1-0 in this series. A missed free throw by George Hill near the end of regulation would have put them up 1, but J.R. rebounded the miss and proceeded to run out the clock, rendering himself an instant meme and game 1 goat. The game ended up going into overtime, but that was all the opening Golden State needed to seize control of the game and they won in the extra time.

In game 2, despite a crazy hot start from the Golden Boys, Cleveland was hanging with them for most of the game. They were able to stifle each Golden State run with one of their own and seemed to be in a position to make a game out of it in the 4th. That proved to be fool's gold as game 2 turned out being the "Steph Curry Game." Curry had an NBA Finals record 9 made 3-pt shots and some were of the demoralizing variety. He finished with 33 points and the Warriors blew Cleveland out in game 2. KD added 26 points on 70% shooting while Klay also broke the 20-point barrier. Shaun Livingston and Javale Mcgee were perfect in the game shooting going a combined 11-11.

On the flip side, Lebron finished game 2 with 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 13 assists, despite the team shooting 40% collectively. He was hitting guys for good looks and they couldn't capitalize. He was double-teamed most of the night and was forced to give up the ball, and his teammates couldn't get anything to fall. The Cavs live and die by the 3 with this roster because outside of LeBron there are no playmakers that can hurt you.

I predict Cleveland will win game 3, just because they'll come out aggressive in trying to protect home court. I think LeBron finds a way to drop another 40 plus points and flirt with a triple-double. The Warriors are always primed for an off-night but if they play the same way they did in game 2, things could get worse for the Cavs. Hopefully, the role players hit shots, Kyle Korver gets some good looks and the defense is as solid as it was in game 1. If any of those aren't up to par, Cleveland will be down 3-0 and Golden State will be one win closer to a dynasty.

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