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40 Horsey Things To Do Before You Die... How many have you done?

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    40 Horsey Things To Do Before You Die... How many have you done?

    Fun article, UK based-- obviously things like riding coast to coast would be a little more time-consuming in the US!

    I can only claim 9 of them! Looks like I have some work to do... challenge accepted!

    ETA: Thanks to Appsolute's wonderful list, I realize I can't count. I actually have done 11 of them.
    Last edited by Texarkana; Jan. 29, 2014, 12:05 AM. Reason: Add info
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

    Nice list....................I can claim 17 1/2. (The 1/2 is seeing the SRS Lipizzans, but on their last US tour, not in Vienna . But then, I'm old!)


      14 for me. I got the tolting one because a new boarder wanted to teach her Icelandic dressage. I got on an spent an embarrassing half hour trying to 'stop tolting, already!'
      15 if we substitute 'photo in H&H' for photo in COTH


        1. Watch the Grand National in person - Nope, would like to!

        2. Swim with your horse in the sea - CHECK!

        3. Fall off in a water jump - CHECK!

        4. Ride out for a racehorse trainer - I am not that small

        5. Ride side-saddle - never appealed to me

        6. Go on a horseback safari - sounds fun!

        7. Go cross-country schooling with an elite event rider - CHECK!

        8. Fence judge for the day - CHECK! (many times)

        9. "Join up" with your horse - Does this involve a mustached pepperoni?

        10. Have a driving lesson, without the car - CHECK! (although just once, a wonderful Pony Club dad gave a lesson)

        11. Ride flying changes - CHECK!

        12. Have riding boots made to measure - I wish!

        13. Go hunting in Ireland- I really really wish! (this does need to be added to my bucket list)

        14. Ride in a three-day event - CHECK!

        15. Ride your horse from coast to coast - This is a bit harder in the states

        16. Go riding at sunrise in Hyde Park - Does Golden Gate Park in San Francisco count?

        17. Lead a winner into the paddock - Never had a chance

        18. Learn to play polo - CHECK! (thank you again Pony Club!)

        19. Spend a day at the Calgary Stampede - Nope, but I have been to some rodeos!

        20. See a horse sold for more than a million - Nope, but my OTTB was a $250K yearling!

        21. Ride at Badminton - Are we talking about the event? That ain't gonna happen!

        22. Jump a 5ft fence - CHECK! (thank you lovely Irish horse I was able to ride back when I was a working student)

        23. Hear the Cheltenham Festival roar - nope

        24. Ride in a charity race - Sounds fun, why don't we have those here?

        25. Get your photo in Horse & Hound - yeah, that's not going to happen either!

        26. Ride a heavy horse - CHECK!

        27. Watch the action on the frozen lake at St Moritz - Switzerland is lovely, maybe someday.

        28. Herd cattle across the plains of Montana - CHECK! (well okay, it was California, not Montana)

        29. Ride a bucking bronco -Half Check?! I have ridden the barrel they train the cowboys on, and stayed on a steer for about 4 seconds!

        30. See a foal being born - Not yet

        31. Watch the Spanish Riding School - No as well

        32. Go to a team chase - Why don't we have these here?!?!?

        33. Jump bareback- CHECK!

        34. Follow on foot - Nope (have only followed on a horse!)

        36. Learn to ride short - CHECK!
        APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


          16 1/2, because I saw the SRS in DC, not in Vienna.
          The plural of anecdote is not data.


            Well, with some modifications I can count 15 total off the list. Coast to Coast across Michigan on the Trail Ride, swam horse in 3 of the Great Lakes, which are actually seas for water volume. Doing Driving instead of Eventing, I have been Hazard Judge Official, driven cross-country with BNT in the vehicle, competed in CDEs.

            Some of the items have never been on my "want to do" list with horses, never would have thought to add them!

            Interesting list, and interesting what I could check off. More than I thought!


              Interesting list.

              About half for me, but don't really miss the others.


                This is a very interesting list... definitely have my own equine bucket list though.. a few of these I'd love to do but probably never will.. and then some I just see as plain crazy ;-)
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                  I can claim 10. Some of them just not that interested in doing.


                    Only one for me, ride a flying change! I guess I don't get out much.


                      I think we should put together a list a bit more focused on the US options.
                      Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                      You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


                        Ok, since everyone seems to be counting the SRS show in the US then I'll also claim that 1/2. My count is 16 1/2
                        "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                          I have done 17 of those things but #13 Hunting in Ireland is on by bucket list to do some time in the next 5 years.
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                            I have 8 and 2 halves. Does it count that I had my picture in The Chronicle and not their magazine??
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                              I've done 8 (9 if you count that I've ridden ON both coasts - Nova Scotia, Canada and in California)


                                I have seen the SRS in Vienna (both a work session and the performance with live orchestra), but only abou 6 other items on the list.


                                  Original Poster

                                  Originally posted by jen-s View Post
                                  I think we should put together a list a bit more focused on the US options.
                                  I totally agree! Maybe add some more things relevant to North American, like:

                                  -Ride a real cutting horse
                                  -Take a donkey/mule tour of the Grand Canyon
                                  -Attend the Kentucky Derby
                                  Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                                    Great FUN ! Thanks for sharing !!! Enjoyed !!!

                                    GREAT FUN ! !!!!

                                    Thanks for sharing !!

                                    Have only completed 7 ~ but have enjoyed all 7 !

                                    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                                      Yes! Someone needs to start a US top 40!
                                      Originally posted by The Saddle
                                      Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


                                        Originally posted by rustbreeches View Post
                                        Yes! Someone needs to start a US top 40!
                                        Why don't we just do a COTH Top 40?