OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Chose Singing Over Riding

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When I first started the InStyle cover story on Taylor Swift, I could not understand why they were conducting the interview while Swift rode a horse. But then, about four paragraphs in, it all comes together. Swift tells the story about a conversation she had with her mother than changed the course of her life and career and country music forever. "There was this oh-so-dramatic pivotal discussion where I had to pick music over riding. My mom always wanted me to ride horses because that's what she loved. But at some point she realized I wasn't as crazy about horses as I was about singing, and she told me, 'You don't have to ride. You should only do it if you love it -- not because I love it,'" she explains. Swift had grown up around horses, even a little Shetland pony named Ginger that reportedly used to kind of babysit her. I'm sure the entire interview wasn't done with Swift atop Snip, the quarter horse she was riding at a stable in Burbank, Calif., but the story sure has an equestrian feel. It sounds like Swift even dressed that part, in J Brand leggings, a plaid Abercrombie shirt and Lucchese cowboy boots.

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