Hello. I'm Matt Simpson, a 35 year old systems programmer at the University of
Kentucky. That's in Lexington, which is pretty much in the center of the state.
We are frequently described as Kentucky's flagship university (had to throw
that in because I've noticed some postings from U of Louisville, our friendly
I started riding when I was about 19. I'd been on a horse a couple of times when I was a kid, but never did any real riding. Never was really interested in
horses when I was a kid. My last year of college I started riding, for several
reasons, mainly trying to impress members of the opposite sex. I quickly got
hooked .. I'd always loved animals and e***ment.
16 years later, I've still got the same magnificent TB gelding I started on.
He's 23 now, and doesn't show his age at all. Recently, after a very strenuous
afternoon of chasing coyotes, as the other horses were plodding exhaustedly
back to the trailers, mine had his head up asking for more. Someone commented
that he was probably the most fit horse in the field.
I've also got another baby .. a 7 year old TB gelding (the only kind I'll ride) . He's been an interesting experience. I bought him as an unbroken 2 year old,
and soon found I didn't know diddly about breaking horses. I got some free
professional help (my brother had a neighbor who broke TBs for Claiborne Farm,
one of the biggest horse farms around) and got him to the point where I could
feel fairly safe riding him. But he's still a little green, because I don't get
the chance to ride him often enough. He gets a little crazy if I try to ride
alone, because he's so attached to the other one.
In the winter, foxhunting is my major activity. Hunt season runs September
through March. Recently, coyotes have been moving into our territory, driving
the foxes out, so we frequently end up chasing coyotes instead of foxes.
That makes for a much more strenuous day.
In the summer, I mainly just hack around the farm and go on some trail rides,
and occasionally help the rest of my family move cattle. I guess serious
cowboys would laugh at someone working cattle in an English saddle on a TB,
but it works for us.
Names: Little Big Time (registered) - Little to his friends: the 23 year old
He's 17.1 hands, so people think Little is a joking referencet to his
size, rather than his first name.
Shadowfax - the 7 year old ... any Tolkien fans out there? He's named
after Gandalf's magical steed .. The farm is named Rivendell, so it
Katie - 8 year old spayed golden retriever
Frodo - shepherd mutt, age uncertain, probably about 2
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