Bailey Mierzejewski says a lot of the horses are fun an dhave different personalities.
Sydney Smith believes that finding out the horses personality during practice is crucial.
Coach Boo Major says the riders that are successful have a knac to bond with the horses.
By: Robert McCachren
There's a bond between horse and rider that few will experience. However this bond isn't how exactly what you would imagine it to be. For the riders on the Gamecock Equestrian team it's about the horses personality.
"There's a lot of fun ones on the team, and it's pretty interesting they all have different personalities. " says senior rider Bailey Mierzejewski. "You know just how it is with any person they are different from day to day too, they have their good days and their bad days."
Even with their bad days, little things can help make the day better.
"Certain ones like being scratched behind the ears, or Jazz really likes having her face brushed so I always try to do that for her, cause she's really sweet and that's something she enjoys." says Mierzejewski.
These horses may not be people, but the riders treat them like partners.
The riders have bonds with several horses. Some people may think that this takes some value of the bond since it's not with just one horse, these horses are all different and unique in their own way.
"Just trying to figure out their personality during practice and trying to figure out what they do well and what they do poorly." said senior rider Sydney Smith. "Most of the horses we have here are pretty sweet and kind and want to a good job."
This quality time, whether it is grooming the horse before practice, the riding during practice or the time they spend together after practice helps strengthen the bond between rider and horse.
Gamecock Equestrian head coach Boo Major believes that it's no coincidence these riders can bond with their horses.
"I honestly think its inbred with them, that they as riders have that natural ability to communicate with a lot of different horses." said Major.
Whether these riders just have a knack of bonding with the animals or not, there's no denying there's a unique connection between rider and horse.
The team puts in many hours each week with their horses, whether it's grooming them, getting them ready for the meet, or riding them. This has led to tons of success for the team. They have won three National Championships since 2007, with the most recent one coming in 2015.
The Gamecock Equestrian team has a bye week and will return to action next Saturday hosting Auburn at One Wood Farm in Blythewood.