Living With Horses

Horses have a tendency to change people's lives in ways they'd never have expected. Horsewoman Beth Carey describes her life before -- and after -- she became involved in horses. Written for EquiSearch.

Before Horses

Ring -- 2 carat diamond
Bracelet -- 4 carat tennis bracelet
Earrings -- 1 carat diamond studs
Necklace -- 14k gold chain with heart-shaped pendant encrusted with diamonds and sapphires
Lingerie -- Crotchless teddy with feather boa
Boots -- Calf-high leather with three inch spiked heel
Shoes -- Latest from Nine West
Jeans -- Guess Jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans
Tops -- Feminine v-necked with lace and capped sleeves
Skirt -- Just-above-the knee pencil skirt with back slit up to there
Pantyhose -- French-cut sheer with back seams (preferably black)
Hairstyle -- latest short and sassy and a little teased or long and wavy behind ears
Vehicle type -- Toyota Solara, Used BMW, Mustang 5.0, Volvo
Interior Design Selections -- English Cottage, Contemporary, Art Deco, Shabby Chic
Favorite Restaurants -- Ruth's Chris Steak House, Clyde's, Japanese Steak House, Georgetown Grille
Favorite Shopping Places -- Malls, Outlet Stores, Specialty Shops
Cosmetics -- Lancome', L'oreal, Max Factor, Mac
Perfumes and Colognes -- Miracle, White Diamonds, Tommy, Chanel No. 5, Coco Chanel, Tiffany, Yves St. Laurent
Favorite Holiday -- July 4th (fireworks) and Christmas (for receiving jewelry)
Favorite type of man -- Rich, rugged, preppy type with master's degree in something
Hobbies -- tennis, golf, sun bathing at the beach, antiquing
Favorite gifts -- jewelry, flowers and roses and romantic cards, surprise getaways, expensive clothes and perfumes
Favorite Getaways -- Ocean beaches, Bed and Breakfast in a quaint and historic town, Las Vegas, Weekend shopping sprees at an out-of-state outlet mall

After horses:

Ring -- 100- by 200-foot all-weather riding ring (preferably an indoor arena)
Bracelet -- Heavy copper to help arthritis pain
Earrings -- Diamond stirrups
Necklace -- 14kt gold chain with diamond-encrusted horseshoe or stirrup or snaffle bit
Lingerie -- Flannel one-piece Union Suit with feet with a horse motif
Boots -- Ariats, Dehner's, Vogel's, Derdau, Effinghams, very tall with zipper and gusset
Shoes -- Blunnies, slip -- on muck boots, jodphur boots, clogs
Jeans -- Wranglers, Carhart, Levi's, Lee
Tops -- Sleeveless T -- shirts, Horse motif shirts and sweaters, turtlenecks and sweatshirts
Skirt -- Long A -- line denim skirt to wear over your whites
Pantyhose -- white, control-top with reinforced toe
Hairstyle -- short, very short or long enough to pull back in a ponytail or put in a hairnet
Vehicle type -- Pickup truck, Suburban, Jeep, old station wagon, tractor with front -- end loader
Interior Design Selections -- Old Southwest, Foxhunting motif, horse throws over torn leather furniture
Favorite Restaurants -- Old Town Diner, Sunshine Store, Etchison Country Store. Beer Pub in town
Favorite Shopping Places -- Tack Store, Southern States, Tractor Supply, Horseman's Warehouse
Cosmetics -- Sunblock #50, Zim's Crack Cream, Neosporin, Chap Stick
Perfumes and Colognes -- Polo, Annie Oakley, English Leather
Favorite Holiday -- Christmas (for new horse stuff), Memorial Day (show season officially starts) Thanksgiving (special hunt breakfast)
Favorite type of man -- Rich, rugged, handyman type who can repair fences, build jumps, take care of kids and farm when you have a nasty fall Hobbies -- foxhunting, horseshows, buying horses, buying more horses, cross -- country riding, dressage (when there's nothing else happening)
Favorite gifts -- new riding and show attire, new truck and horse trailer, muck boots, jeans, barn coats, down vests, Riding vacations
Favorite getaways -- Kentucky Horse Park, The Plains, Virginia for the Gold Cup, Pimlico, Ireland (for foxhunting) Wyoming (riding on a cattle drive) Barn, Tack Room