I decided that it was about time that I introduce myself. My name is Meghan Christianson and I am a twenty year old equine science student at Colorado State University. I grew up a few minutes outside of Portland, Oregon and relocated to Colorado for college. I never lived on a farm growing up but my mother made sure that I was exposed to horses at a young age. My mom used to bring my older sister and I to a barn that she took jumping lessons at and once I was six years old and deemed old enough to ride I began taking lessons. For years I bounced around on naughty (but awfully cute) ponies at my local riding academy. From a young age I was hooked on the sport, not only because I got to spend time around animals, but it gave me a sense of confidence that kicking around a soccer ball could never give me. Riding taught me patience, persistence and mental strength.
It wasn’t until I was about fourteen years old that I really became dedicated to the sport. I continued to ride Hunter Jumpers under my same instructor that introduced me to riding when I began to notice that I wasn’t learning new things or advancing as quickly as I was hoping to. I began the search for a new riding instructor and I stumbled upon the website of the barn that my mom used to ride at. I went to tour the barn and met the instructors, they were much more experienced and that was exactly what I needed. The first few weeks of riding at the new barn were tough: hours of no stirrup work, jumping without hands, and even dealing with bolting horses. The horses were much more advanced than the horses I used to ride and I am still so thankful for them and the positive impact they made on my riding skill and style. The riders, instructors and horses quickly became my family and I began working there. I worked there for three years where I helped people of all ages (4-60) learn anatomy of their horses, how to ride, tack up and groom. I also fed the horses grain, medications, turned them out to pasture, blanketed them and more. In those three years I learned more about horses and riding than I could have ever imagined. The barn became my escape and safe haven throughout my parents’ divorce and riding and spending time around the horses became my stress reliever.
I quit taking lessons and working at the barn the summer before my freshman year of college and instead began my horse training career by helping a family with their American Quarter Horse mare named Ella Mae. Ella Mae was stubborn and tested me as a rider, but she was the horse that got me into my first western saddle and sparked my interest in trying different disciplines. From then on I was determined to teach myself to ride western and become a more well rounded rider. Whenever I have a college break I now spend time with client horses helping them with a variety of issues in disciplines ranging from trail riding to jumpers to roping horses. I have begun to build a name for myself while being able to make a positive impact on the relationship between people and their horses. I am now in school and focusing on my own horse Wilson and my academic career.
I created this blog because I have seen a lot of separation between riders of different disciplines and I believe that it is important to make connections in this small industry that we are all involved in. I remember when I was a less experienced rider and I was always nervous to ask more advanced riders for help and tips. I am hoping that this platform will be able to answer questions and serve as a source of educational information and entertainment for its readers.
Thank you for supporting me in this and taking your time to read a bit about me.