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post #171 of 179 Old 07-09-2012, 01:38 AM
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I don't mean I liked the story but I share your opinion.
Not to drag us O/T again but... as a person with mental health issues (bipolar II) I can tell you that when someone is genuinely suicidal it isn't "my life is ****" or "if I do this then everyone will feel bad about how they treated me", it is (or was for me and others I know) "I'm ****, I fail everyone who needs me and the world would be a better place if I weren't here hurting people" - not at all logical, but the view you have of yourself is so warped that you can't see how your death could possibly be anything but good riddance.

For me, nothing would trigger it - wasn't anything anyone said to me or anything that happened during the day, but after a time of crazy happiness or high anxiety this horrible weight would descend with alarming speed, and within an hour I'd be trying to end it all. After medication went somewhat disastrously (paranoia, blurring of reality etc) I ended up developing a "survival kit" which I can honestly say saved my life.

So while it might seem completely senseless and selfish to those looking on, mental illness twists everything and genuinely depressed people (not drama llamas) are in a personal hell that only they can see.

(Sorry mods, just thought I had a duty to weigh in on the matter )

Back on topic, not exactly a bad habit but people riding when they're in a bad mood really annoys me - they get frustrated and either quit at the wrong point or take out their mood on the horse. I generally see this with spoiled kids who are too obviously being pushed by their parents, or people who have forgotten why they liked riding in the first place and have developed an obsession about winning ribbons at all costs.
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post #172 of 179 Old 07-09-2012, 01:59 AM
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This isn't really a bad riding habit, but it breaks my heart anyhow, and I don't even have kids or are involved in 4h. Yet I still see it.

I really really dislike seeing privileged 4h kids hop on a horse that they see a few times a year for shows that cost tens of thousands of dollars while other 4h kids who ride their couple hundred dollar horses every day get just flat out beat day in and day out at these 4h shows. Ugh! That makes me crazy mad every time!

I think that's bad form for parents all the way around. 4h is about projects, learning to do things, and well the four h's! I wish people would make it more about the journey than the win.
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post #173 of 179 Old 07-09-2012, 11:04 AM
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I think it depends. A lot of these bad habits are usually things new riders do and one can't very well fault someone if they don't know better.

The only thing that irks me is kids who don't want to ride but their parents make them. There is a little girl at the barn who you can tell she is so not interested. She complains a lot and constantly asks if the lesson is over. Her mom makes her go and she really wants her to show and ride. That to me is sad. I am happy to live vicariously through my daughter, lol, because I love horses and she does too. But if she ever disliked it and wanted to stop, of course I wouldn't make her do it.
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post #174 of 179 Old 07-09-2012, 11:16 AM
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A rider with a hollowed out, arched back. It's one of my pet peeves, I hate when people even walk like this. My 8yr old little sister does this normally, and I am always trying to correct her.

When people yank really hard on the reins, and I mean, really yank. It just makes me cringe.

And I can't think of anything else
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post #175 of 179 Old 07-09-2012, 04:46 PM
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overbitting is a real issue for me

toes turned out

gripping knees

hopping in a saddle

crying on a pony

blaming ponies for bad rider mistakes

tense seats(relax the ass people)

hupping over jumps (shouting hup at every jump does not make a pony jump infact this distracts a pony)

whips and spurs with kids (they over use them pony gets whacked at just about every stride)
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post #176 of 179 Old 07-10-2012, 08:48 AM
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Pepsipop I'm one of those HUP-pers... I find it can be a cue to the horse to jump, and how loud you HUP is directly proportional to the size of the jump. I don't do it ALL the time... I do it so that IF my horse were to go blind, or almost blind, or if he were to lose an eye (they lose their depth perception with only one eye), I wouldn't have to quit jumping him. I would be able to SAFELY cue him when and how high to jump.

It can also be used as an encouragement for a less-than-eager jumper.

If I ever video myself riding a course over fences, you'll hear me shouting at my horse the whole way through! STEADY, that's it, good boy, CANTER CANTER CANTER COME ON GET UP HUP good boy STEADYYY... bahahaha it's mostly so I can keep myself breathing, especially when the jumps are at the upper range of my confidence. My horse refuses if I drop him before a fence and talking to him is the best way of reinforcing that I am still with him, even if my legs and hands are saying otherwise.
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pet peeves - guilty as charged

[QUOTE=blue eyed pony;1590013]Pepsipop I'm one of those HUP-pers... I find it can be a cue to the horse to jump, and how loud you HUP is directly proportional to the size of the jump. I don't do it ALL the time... I do it so that IF my horse were to go blind, or almost blind, or if he were to lose an eye (they lose their depth perception with only one eye), I wouldn't have to quit jumping him. I would be able to SAFELY cue him when and how high to jump.

It can also be used as an encouragement for a less-than-eager jumper.
I have to put my hand up to this one too. I teach my horses to jump on the lunge so I say 'hup' to them at the ideal take off point and then this carries on into ridden work and somehow hangs around but then I also talk non-stop to my horses off and in the saddle. I once rode a terribly spooky horse that I used to sing too out on hacks and it seemed to work as she stopped all the nonsense - most likely because she figured out if she stopped spooking I stopped singing as I have a seriously awful voice its the most likely thing
Have to agree on the crying thing though, at a show we went to recently I was disgusted to see several children who didn't win actually crying in the ring Poor sportsmanship even at that age They should be there for fun and happy to be just doing the best they can with their pony even if they dont get a first prize
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post #178 of 179 Old 07-10-2012, 09:21 AM
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I hate when people don't teach their horse manners then are baffled about why their horse is in their space, dragging them around and stopping on a ride to eat.

I hate when people ride their horse but once a week and blame the horse for not winning.

I hate when someone is trying to turn their nonQH untrained horse into a (insert western discipline here) without knowing what they're doing or getting help (you don't get your walker to trot by telling TROT and following it up with a good kick)

I hate it when people only want to trail ride yet still expect their horse to game and show (when its not already trained)

Hm and I hate when people complain about their riding ability and try to teach themselves something they're not experienced in or worse outright refuse help
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post #179 of 179 Old 07-10-2012, 09:23 AM
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Not exactly bad riding habits, rather poor sportsmanship. I hate when I sometimes see at shows that parents of children (and sometimes even teenagers) that have showed a less than satisfactory result go to argue with the judges and try to make the results of their snugglepuffs higher. Low and unprofessional in every possible way.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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