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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Riding A Losing Streak, Alabama Looks To Finish Strong

Alabama looks to finish strong heading into March

With the final stretch of the college basketball season here, only three games remain for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

After a rocky, unpredictable season, the Tide still stay in the hunt for a bid to the NCAA tournament. Alabama rides a two-game losing streak to Kentucky (81-71) and to Auburn (90-71).

Despite the loss to Auburn, true freshman Collin Sexton recorded his eleventh 20-point game. Sexton had 25 points, with five rebounds and two assists. True freshman John Petty has been great playing at home, but struggles on the road. He only recorded three points at Auburn.

With consistency lacking, the Tide sit at (17-11, 8-7 SEC) and still in good shape.

With a record of (5-2) against ranked opponents, Alabama has the No. 7 ranked strength of schedule in the country. Securing wins against: Texas A&M, Auburn, Oklahoma, Florida and Tennessee. The throttling win against the Volunteers winning 78-50, was Alabama’s biggest win in program history.

The SEC has four teams inside the top 10 for their strength of schedule: Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Texas A&M are the other three. Being considered a No. 8 seed by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, they are projected to play No. 9 seed Seton Hall in Charlotte, NC.

With three games left, the Tide is running out of opportunities to take advantage of. Two of the final three games will be played in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will host Arkansas and Florida before the Tide travels to College Station to play Texas A&M.

Coach Avery Johnson despite several blowout losses believes the team resume speaks for itself, and they should be awarded for that. The Tide has shown they have the talent, and they have the skill. They are just weak with the experience.

Finding the pieces to the puzzle, figuring this team out could be the spark they need. If the Tide ends the season strong, they could be dangerous come tournament play.

Some analysts predict they could go as far as the Elite Eight. Making the Elite Eight would be the second time in school history and the first since 2004.

Alabama will host Arkansas at Coleman Coliseum, Saturday, Feb. 24. The first time the two teams will meet this season. Next Alabama will play Florida on Feb. 27 and then travel to Texas A&M on March 3.

The game against Arkansas will be the Tide’s fifth sell-out this season.

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Sports Are Important For Kids

Not only do they teach valuable life lessons, the social aspects that come along with these activities are so important as well.

Growing up I was always playing some type of sport. Whether competitively or just playing outside shooting some hoops. At one point when I was in high school, I would be playing multiple sports at the same time. Why would I do this? Sports taught me life skills that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else and because of this, I fell in love with them.

Soccer was my favorite sport to play. It was competitive while being a team sport, and it was the thing that brought me my best friends. It also taught me the most life lessons.

I believe sports are so important for kids to engage in. Not only do they teach valuable life lessons, the social aspects that come along with these activities are so important as well.

While participating in a team sport, kids learn how to deal with tough people and how to thrive under pressure. Sometimes teammates aren’t always going to get along. Personalities clash but it is important to learn how to deal with difficult people because that is a skill that you are going to use for the rest of your life. In order to be successful, teammates have to learn to work together.

Another aspect that sports build up is confidence. When doing something you love you will most likely be good at it. Because of this, sports help kids develop a self-worth, something that they are passionate about. This helps build up self-confidence that can be translated into the classroom and everything that kids love to do.

Sports also keep kids busy which can help them stay out of trouble. Especially with teenagers, it is important to have an activity to do outside of school so that kids do not get bored. This helps them get involved with positive activities and healthy relationships that can create a bright future.

Sports have given me amazing friendships that I would have missed out on if I hadn’t been involved. It has also given me life skills and characteristics that I still use today.

Sports teach kids valuable lessons that keep them entertained and help build valuable life confidence and skills. This makes for happy, productive people.

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