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        10-13-2013, 06:12 PM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
    I don't get the whole "the head bobs so they must be lame" thing. To me a limping horse and a gaited horse look totally different. And if my Fox Trotter is "off" I can tell that as easily as I can with my non-gaited horses. Maybe I have finally been around horses enough to recognize lameness. I know when I was a beginner I had trouble with it. But all people must be looking for is a head bob to declare a horse lame.
    I guess some people can't count. One head bob per 2 steps, or, one head bob per every step.
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        10-17-2013, 01:34 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
    ... I've been told she's not a pure walker because they don't come in a roan color (she has papers). . .
    That one's really funny - uh, Roan Allen, anyone?

    Anne
         
        10-17-2013, 02:02 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    One of the local Horseless horsemen, ladies, asked me to bring my paso mare and rocky gelding, out to one of her training group days and give the kids a $0.10 version of what gaited horses are and why I use them.
    I talked to the kids for about 10-15mins, then saddled my mare, and did a few slow laps with her gradually bumping her up on each lap till she was really moving. The whole time Im kind of watching the kids and the parents, a couple of the mothers looked like I was in the arena beating my horse. I then got off saddled my RMH and did the same, with the same looks from these 2 mothers. After it was all said and done, the kids went to their lessons and I was unsaddling and loading my horses.
    These 2 mothers came over and started to tell me that they were going to have the humane society at my place and inspecting all of our stock, and that I was abusing those two horses and they were obviously lame and my "fat ass" had no business riding these two horses. (I am a big guy 6ft 265, and my mare is a broad 14.2 and my gelding at the time a slightly narrow 15.1). I turned and laughed at them, wrote down the number for the humane society handed it to them, and left.
    Its truely not worth getting to riled about.

    Jim
         
        10-17-2013, 03:28 PM
      #24
    Yearling
    I just love people who know everything!
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        10-17-2013, 04:27 PM
      #25
    Foal
    I think the best approach is to compliment everyone's horse or say nothing. If the compliment somehow goes wrong (as in OP's story), just plead ignorance and compliment for something else. Keeps everyone secure and happy with you.

    If someone mistreats an animal, well, that's another story. And Olive's story is incredible - I wouldn't have been so diplomatic. I'd have shooed her out of my space. Do you know "back"? Back back back!
         
        10-19-2013, 03:37 PM
      #26
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by maisie    

    If someone mistreats an animal, well, that's another story. And Olive's story is incredible - I wouldn't have been so diplomatic. I'd have shooed her out of my space. Do you know "back"? Back back back!
    Hahaha, I'm a pretty laid back person. I understand that my mom and I own the only gaited horses in our barn, and are sometimes the first gaited horses people have seen. I enjoy using it as a chance to educate people about their history and current use.

    When I occasionally come across a more ignorant/naive person who informs me his gait is unnatural, or wrong, it is sometimes hard to hold my tongue. A lot of the teenagers at my barn have a reputation of having some pretty bad attitudes. I'm 19, so I'm old enough to understand that being a brat (or telling a person how ignorant they sound) won't make people who don't want to learn do so, but young enough that I can still influence some of the teenagers at my barn to not start cat fights and drama, without being seen as an old adult who doesn't understand. I attempt to be a good influence, and the barn managers have showed a lot of appreciation that I don't get mixed up in the drama.

    This is one of those cases where it definitely was not worth getting into an argument with a woman who I could tell was pretty sure she was an olympic trainer. There have been times, however, where someone has run up on me on a trail, or shot a BB gun WAY too close to my horse and I for comfort, and I have chased their butts down and given them a piece of my mind.

    I attempt to choose my battles as wisely as someone my age can manage to.
         
        10-21-2013, 07:34 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Over the years, I've learned not to point out anything bad. People don't want to hear bad stuff, especially unasked for.
    If a person has a trainer, do not volunteer any training advice.
    Make a list of quick comebacks, like, "thank gawd you don't own one", "I don't recall asking for an opinion", "Thankyou for your excellent knowledge!"

    Or, just turn and walk away without saying a word.
         
        01-02-2014, 08:30 AM
      #28
    Foal
    There are people you'll meet with two lessons under their belt who are eager to share their newfound knowledge with everyone by pointing out others faults. I've met plenty lol though most I meet around here have quarter horses and that's just a really funny conversation... (I boarded for over ten years before getting my own barn never encountered another gaited horse in the barns during that period). Your horse does not like that bit just look how it moves its head with every step! The best question I got was if my horses butt was broke because he naturally lifts his tail with high carriage when ridden.

    Then you just have people who solicit their opinion regardless wether it's asked for or not. My mom has been riding gaited horses since her teens now in her late 50's she's always full of advice.

    I've learned to smile and say thanks and walk away. It usually shuts people up faster than arguing. I've never had anyone pursue me and insist I do as they say.
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        01-04-2014, 04:41 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    If more ppl obssed over saddle fit there might be less miserable horses out there.
         
        01-04-2014, 05:03 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    Oh and I have to share this Quote:

    "Those that think they know it all are very annoying to those who do." Sheetz's Rumination.

    But more seriously:

    "When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more knowledge he has, the greater will be his confusion." Herbert Spencer.

    "Idiots given an ounce of knowledge often suddenly think of themselves as geniuses." SJ.

    Oliveoats: I think I would have told that person to get the H out of my horse's stall and leave me alone. I also would not have been so diplomatic.
         

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