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A Rider's Bucket List

Here are 25 things every horse lover should aspire to accomplish.

By HI Staff | January 2010 Extra

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The movie The Bucket List follows two terminally ill men (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) who embark on a journey with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket.” Here’s our equestrian version of a bucket list—25 ultimate things to experience in a lifetime as a horse lover. What’s on your list?

  1. Gallop on the beach.
  2. Win a blue ribbon, even if it’s for the egg and spoon race!
  3. Enjoy an evening of equestrian theater, from major touring productions such as Cavalia to local performance troupes.
  4. Try your hand at cattle work. Find out what it means when they say a horse is "cowy.”
  5. Jump! From crossrails to cross-country obstacles, experience the thrill of soaring over fences.
  6. Fall off and get right back on again. Conquering fear is empowering.
  7. See the majestic white Lipizzan stallions at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
  8. Come to a sliding stop on a well-trained reining horse.
  9. Take a lesson with your equestrian idol, _________ (you fill in the blank.)
  10. Nurse a horse through a crisis and back to full health.
  11. Experience the smooth ride of a gaited horse.
  12. Watch the horses come through the Head of the Lake on cross-country day at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
  13. Have the courage to do the right thing for your horse, even when it’s not easy.
  14. Attend the Kentucky Derby dressed to the nines—including hat!
  15. Tackle a trail accessible only by horseback and enjoy the view.
  16. Take your dream vacation on horseback.
  17. Master the sitting trot.
  18. Ride a fine-tuned horse in your discipline of choice, be it dressage schoolmaster or barrel champ.
  19. Watch polo. Even better, try your hand at it!
  20. Feed, muck, groom, ride. Repeat daily.
  21. Wake up to a whinny every morning.
  22. Fly down the track on a Thoroughbred.
  23. Meet one of your favorite famous horses in person.
  24. Ride bareback, bridleless ... or both!
  25. Share a bond with your horse that’s deeper than words.

What's on your equestrian bucket list? Share your thoughts by clicking "Submit a Comment" below.


This article originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Horse Illustrated. Click here to subscribe.

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Cindy    Dunlap, TN

9/24/2014 12:08:47 PM

Go on a wagon train trail ride on my horse driving cattle or horses across the plains. I was just sharing this dream with family this past weekend!!

Cherie    Pomona, MO

9/24/2014 10:43:11 AM

Ride at a beach, ridejn the snow, and lay down with my horse.

lynn    ham lake, MN

9/24/2014 9:32:59 AM

My bucket list just got longer after seeing your list.

1. Ride my horse in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean. Guess thats 3 of them.

2 ride in the Great Lakes.

Ridee at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, down through the river, where the Indians camped.

3. Ride my horse across the country.

4. Buy a boulnonnais stallion, and some mares to breed, then make up a six horse hitch.

5. Go to the Kentucky Derby.

6. Tour the European stud farms.

7. Go to the Spanish Riding School.

Kay    Fortuna, CA

9/23/2014 9:52:18 PM

Share a ride at dawn with your child.

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