Behind the Slide – Susan Meyer, Texas

After receiving her first horse at 12 years old, Susan Meyer hung up her spurs nine years late. For the next 30 years, Susan didn’t have the opportunity to ride. That all changed six years ago. 

“When I was in my early 50s, I got a new horse and I rode him for a while. I bought him from Jared Leclair and they talked me into giving reining a try.” 

Eddie (Wimpys Little J) was Susan’s first official reining horse purchase. Although she doesn’t own him anymore, he’s giving his new owner the slide of their life. Susan said they are more than happy with him as a mount.

“I started reining and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed getting back into doing some serious riding. I’ve been coming to the Futurity for the last six years. The first year I came to ride in the ancillary classes but the next year I rode in the NAAC as a rookie.” 

Susan brought her mare, Hope (Lime A Rita), this year. She was purchased in Las Vegas last year. 

“She is a very, very talented mare. She’s very sweet. She’s a big girl, so she’s strong and she does her maneuvers very well.” 

This being Susan’s second revival with riding, she may have stumbled upon reining by accident, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I like reining because you have to know how to ride well and you need to have a good horse. It’s the teamwork that is important. I really enjoy my trainer; he is very good at it and very patient. It’s been a great experience for me.”