Ready for Anything
Megan Moser has been riding horses for 10 years and competing for eight. Her horse, Primed and Ready (aka Ready), is a 16-year-old Arabian horse with a pretty comprehensive resume.
He raced for several years until he retired and became a jumper. When Moser came to own him, his versatility only broadened. The duo currently competes in a variety of disciplines through the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), including western horsemanship, western ranch riding, western dressage, and dressage. It’s clear that in 16 years of encountering new skill after new skill, Ready has never marred his namesake with a lack of eagerness.
Outside of competitions, Moser and Ready have a lot of fun together. “He’s a goofy horse,” she shares. “He loves to smile and give kisses and fist bumps.” For fun, the two will take trail rides down to the creek. “Ready loves to play in the water, and it makes me happy that he’s happy,” shares Moser.
After spending almost every day together for 4 years, it’s understandable that Moser and Ready have taken many lessons from one another. Moser has introduced Ready to a variety of new competition styles, while Ready has helped grow Moser as an equestrian. “Ready is not a push button horse to ride, but I love that about him,” she says. “Every ride, he teaches me something new, and I grow in my riding ability because of him.”
To further grow her skills as a rider, Moser occasionally shows different horses in International Equestrian Association (IEA) competitions. She’s been named the rider with the highest points in IEA dressage divisions for three seasons in a row. With Ready, Moser was named top 10 in ranch riding and ranch rail pleasure at the AHA Youth and Midsummer Nationals in 2021.
“Horsemanship is all about riding to the best of your ability, but I am learning that no one can be perfect,” says Moser. “We must learn from our mistakes and use them to grow.” With a mindset like that, it’s certain that the next time Moser encounters a challenge, she’ll be ready.