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

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