As an aspiring amateur rider (I am currently a professional, but my goal is to be an amateur with a full-time career who rides horses as well), I was thinking the other day about the crazy and funny things amateurs do.
Some of these acronyms are far too long to actually catch on in any way, but they capture the lifestyle of someone balancing riding horses with all of the other life things.
Most of them applied to me or some of my students in the last few months. Here are a few examples, but I’d love to hear more suggestions!
WBWOZC – wearing breeches while on zoom calls
WAHSMSE – why are horse show mornings so early?
EHBRTC – explaining “horse-back riding” to colleagues
CFMHITD – can’t find my horse in the dark
CISDTXCS – calling in “sick” to work due to XC school
SWAFHS – skipping work altogether for a horse show
NMC – need more coffee
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NMI – need more ibuprofen
NFH – need fewer horses
SNSFTAW – should not shop for tack at work
SAMMOMH – spending all of my money on my horse
IUTBYAB – I used to be young and brave
ETHHITO – excuse the helmet hair in the office
HWTMHPOMD – having way too many horse pictures on my desk
TLSKAW – trying to live-stream Kentucky at work
PFVAHS – planning family vacations around horse shows
MHIMR – my horse is my refuge.