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post #1 of 23 Old 04-13-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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out of our league. BIG TIME! lol

Well, I have just moved my guy to the area of my summer home. I am older, no longer have a desire to compete, but do like my horse to behave, perform correctly, etc. Here is the deal. I have moved to a temporary place with an indoor. It is a gorgeous facility, truely top notch. Horse is well cared for. Here's the thing. I used to do the H/J thing, now ride western, do NH, and just in general, MUCH more casual. This new barn....well....the boarders and trainers....I feel WAY out of my leaugue. I was intimidated to even RIDE today! I just did ground work and called it a day. Mostly because a trainer was there to train and give lessons on an unbelievable Belgian Warmblood.....drop dead gorgeous, and in talking to this trainer, who is really very pleasant...he spent a year living with Anky....... Hmmm..... here I am with my little PMU rescue, that I love to death.....who I have fun with and have finally gotten my confidence back........I doubt I will ever ride in the ring with this guy-lets just put it that way. I feel like I need to go out early in the am before anyone shows up, work my horse and leave.......and yet-we are entitled to have fun and use the ring as much as anyone.....what to do? First off, they look at me like I am nuts since I have the ONLY western saddle around. I don't use a bridle, AND, I do Parelli
Noone says anything, I just feel uncomfortable. How do I get past this?
I am only here briefly, until the weather is better, then move to my friends, and back to just fun stuff.

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post #2 of 23 Old 04-14-2011, 07:02 PM
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Right now, that barn IS a different league. Different discipline, different training and defiantly different class horses.

But what you need to do is NOT focus on them. You need to follow the saying "Dance like no-ones watching" (or sing like no-ones listening).
You just need to go out, ignore them and do your own stuff!
Hey, maybe you'll start a new trend in that barn! But really, you just need to do what you would do anywhere else and use your horse to his potential and ignore the other horses.
Your horse is more valuable to you then anyone else. To you he is priceless, so just go into the arena and act like he is the most valuable horse in the world and ignore those jealous folk.

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post #3 of 23 Old 04-14-2011, 07:36 PM
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Right now, that barn IS a different league. Different discipline, different training and defiantly different class horses.

But what you need to do is NOT focus on them. You need to follow the saying "Dance like no-ones watching" (or sing like no-ones listening).
You just need to go out, ignore them and do your own stuff!
Hey, maybe you'll start a new trend in that barn! But really, you just need to do what you would do anywhere else and use your horse to his potential and ignore the other horses.
Your horse is more valuable to you then anyone else. To you he is priceless, so just go into the arena and act like he is the most valuable horse in the world and ignore those jealous folk.
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post #4 of 23 Old 04-14-2011, 08:10 PM
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Agreed. Be proud that your the one who can control your horse without a bridle. Don't be scared to use the facilities you pay for. Flaunt your western saddle with pride. They're probably just curious about you, since your new and all.

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post #5 of 23 Old 04-14-2011, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all Great advise. Perhaps they will actually learn something from us!-it will be interesting! I was talking to the BM yesterday. Amazing what some of these people put up with.....One horse runs into his stall, so they put a mat outside the door so he won't slip......poor baby. BM is afraid he will get run over! I say-how about teaching some manners? Hmmmmm. Guess that is optional. Thank goodness, mine is a perfect gentlemen....HE BETTER BE! lol

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post #6 of 23 Old 04-14-2011, 08:51 PM
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There you go right there. That proves you're out of place!! You're horse has manners LOL.

Just go about your business and don't worry about what anyone else thinks. If they don't like the way you do things, they are more than welcome to look in the other direction .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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I went to school at Virginia Intermont and it is all hunter/jumper/dressage.. The last week or two of school they did a few western "lessons".. we all put on a western saddle and "ran barrels" or "pole bending". Western was the coolest thing those couple of weeks! Even people who rode with a coach that wasn't doing western, they'd come ride western in their free time.

If you know what your doing in a western saddle and are friendly towards the other boarders.. then trust me.. you are the cool kid! Enjoy!

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Hi Frankenbeans. I'm in a kinda similar situation. I'm moving my rescue closer to me next month. she's been with the same woman for 3 years, and I'm really sad about it but excited at the same time. Hey, I'll be the only person there WITHOUT a western saddle, LOL because I don't own a saddle, just a bareback pad. The woman I had her with was always telling me I didn't need to spend my money on this or that (which is limited I know) and I had to scramble to get brushes and my own rope halter and attached lead. She's taught me so much about natural horsemanship and I'm very grateful for all her help and also letting me use her things, but it leaves me in the lurch now. I recently bought a bosal, mecate reins and a nice set of hobbles for Sienna because I'd like to be able to take off for the day with her, go fishing and be able to untack her and let her graze. My now barn manager was disgusted saying she had all of those things. But I know how you feel. The other people there wear Ariat boots to muck around in, and mine are from the mission, LOL. They have matching tack with bling that probably cost more than I get in a year on SSDI, and wear rail shirts to hang out in. This new place has a 'horse car wash' LOL and I was so fascinated I spent 15 minutes looking at it. Of course it costs. They do lots of things there which I'm looking forward to, if not competing just watching. They bring their cows in on Sundays for patrons to work with ($20.00 bucks an hour, LOL) and have what I would consider a show halter on their horses all the time where as my nylon one I think was red but faded to pink, LOL and was given to me. The barn manager tried to give me a new one but Sienna's head is small and I didn't want to have to poke holes in it. I'm the only person who is going to be doing 'rough' board although I could live in their run ins. I'm definitely going to be the 'poor' cousin at this place. But Sienna is beautiful enough to make what I have look good I think, and if i wear used Levis and they wear Hobby Horse, I am not going to be intimidated by it. I'll do my ground work in the outside arena while they practice for shows inside. And they'll learn to love us, LOL.
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Hey-are you the one outbidding me on ebay for the levis? Bad on you/! Lol. These people are all in britches and hunt boots.....been there, done that, and prefer the levis.
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Is that me doing that?

I'll admit that's exactly where I get my Levis, somehow paying full price just pains me
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