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    02-26-2014, 11:48 PM
Asked to move 3 times and then told to leave cause these horses couldn't handle a pram. 35 metres away??? One horse sure, but really...
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    02-26-2014, 11:52 PM
Originally Posted by horsecv    
Wait, what the heck is a pram?

I googled it and it says that it is a baby carriage. But it doesnt sound like the original poster is talking about a baby carriage here. -reread I guess it is a baby carriage.
lol had to google baby carriage. Yes that is a Pram in NZ lingo :)
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    02-27-2014, 12:07 AM
Lol, I took my yearling to the worlds and she had to deal with baby carriages, bicycles, kids on scooters, loose dogs, camera flashes (during her performance), and god forbid a grandstand full of people and children! And I paid big money to be there!

I don't even think twice about it. The only thing I had a problem with was the small child who tried to run up her back legs.

Sorry, you can't shield your horse from everything in the world. God forbid there's a trash can next to the ring. I've even seen people's horses spook at the judges in their chairs. Then what do we do?!? Lol
    02-27-2014, 12:08 AM
Pram (British or in this case New Zealand term) = Stroller (American) lol

I agree with the OP that sounds pretty ridiculous... unless the stroller had flags and streamers and sirens coming out of it!

I haven't been to a dressage show recently but at a few shows and rodeos I have been to there are fold up chairs, banners, flags, coolers, ATVs etc etc all around the ring/ arena and no one asks any one else to move.

I understand the point about the competitors paying more and wanting to have a clean run but part of training in any discipline is desensitizing your horse to distractions. In my opinion a quiet baby in a carriage shouldn't be that big of a deal.
    02-27-2014, 12:17 AM
Originally Posted by Liligirl    
They should learn to control their horses and spend more time outside an arena so the horse doesn't freak out. I mean this isnt some pony club show it's a dressage competition where they are displaying their ability to control their horse..
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This annoys me more than anything else about show horses and show riders. They ride roundy round in the arena and never get exposed to life in the real world. If my horses don't have enough brain and spine to handle being at a show AND being ridden out on trail or on the street or wherever else I please to go, they don't stay long. My horse would not spook at a baby carriage (pram) for more than a minute before we'd work on that real quick. Unreal.
    02-27-2014, 01:32 AM
I would LOVE it if I could request that every scary thing near the arena be moved. We have runners come dodging out of the woods and such. And I get worried about it, but I'm a worrywort rider. Most folks just deal with it. No one would even think to ask a spectator to move further away.
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    02-27-2014, 01:37 AM
That's disappointing. At the "AA" hunter/jumper shows you have to ride by strollers, golf carts, dogs, unattended screaming children, horse trailers, bikes, atvs, etc... I have never once seen/heard of even a Grand Prix rider asking someone to move a stroller. Unless it's a baby green/green as grass class, the horse/rider had better be able to handle it.
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    02-27-2014, 01:41 AM
Also, I competed in a jumper derby a few years back. There were tents all around the arena where we started that were flapping in the wind. My horse just had to get over it, as did all the other competitors horses.
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    02-27-2014, 02:08 AM
Try showing your horse at fairgrounds when there is ferris wheels, midway rides, kids, strollers, motorcycles, you name it. Your horse ignores it after awhile and does his job.
    02-27-2014, 02:12 AM
I have been to a couple of show jumping competitions and the horses didn't seem to have a problem with the pram. I think that is why I was so surprised and annoyed because I just didn't expect there to be a problem this time.
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