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        01-03-2014, 02:49 AM
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    Oh they are wanna-be rodeo queens. I have had the misfortune of being around girls like this. "My horse is out of blah blah lines" and "My horse can run 17s" and "OMG I just smudged my makeup." Because I was never a "Normal" teen most of my "friends" ditched me. I was playing with my horse, and they where off doing what ever mildly-illegal-activity they could, going to the mall and hanging out. Heck I STILL don't even bother with makeup. They are just jealous. They want to be able to get out of their comfort zones and do something other than run fast around barrels. Its fun to do, but after 10 min my mare and I are board to tears.

    You should be proud of yourself. Unlike them, you are not closed minded and you want to try something new. I understand it hurts and that you have spent over 10 years of your life around them but realize they are stuck in their own little worlds. They will learn one day that the world dose NOT revolve around them and could care less what they think.
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        01-03-2014, 02:49 AM
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    Yearling
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    When it gets hard (as I'm sure it will some of the time) just try hard to remind yourself of how petty your aggressors are being and find a way to make light of it. Go ahead and compare them to that bratty pony who makes a big fuss and pretends he's "all that", but still doesn't get his way if it makes you smile a little to yourself.
    Thank you!(:
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        01-03-2014, 02:52 AM
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    Yearling
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    You should be proud of yourself. Unlike them, you are not closed minded and you want to try something new. I understand it hurts and that you have spent over 10 years of your life around them but realize they are stuck in their own little worlds. They will learn one day that the world dose NOT revolve around them and could care less what they think.
    You're right, I am proud of myself. Thank you for the support, it helps. It really does!
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        01-03-2014, 02:54 AM
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    Green Broke
    I had people make fun of my horses at a stable. My paint would single foot and they called him prissy pants.. so I would laugh and say yes he is, and after a trail ride, your butt will hurt and mine wont ! My other horse was an escape artist , got into tack sheds and some feed barrels, thank goodness it was only hay pellets, but I laughed and said well, guess that will teach you to keep your tack shed locked, or the door closed. I did have a latch on his pen, and people would remove the latch. So when they are blowing up their horses teaching them to run barrels, and the horses get hard to control, just laugh and say, well we are learning control , any horse can run. ;)
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        01-03-2014, 03:01 AM
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    Yearling
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    I had people make fun of my horses at a stable. My paint would single foot and they called him prissy pants.. so I would laugh and say yes he is, and after a trail ride, your butt will hurt and mine wont ! My other horse was an escape artist , got into tack sheds and some feed barrels, thank goodness it was only hay pellets, but I laughed and said well, guess that will teach you to keep your tack shed locked, or the door closed. I did have a latch on his pen, and people would remove the latch. So when they are blowing up their horses teaching them to run barrels, and the horses get hard to control, just laugh and say, well we are learning control , any horse can run. ;)
    Haha I love the escape artist story!
    And that's totally true, my horse will be lighter, and softer, and more supple than theirs in giant shank bits (ridden two handed May I add) and tie downs!
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        01-03-2014, 03:12 AM
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    ANYONE and ANY horse can run barrels. My BF's dad rides this ALMOST 14hh navajo pony. She is a mutt, cute grumpy and hyped up all the time. Watching him ride and run barrels is painful, he just flops like a sack of potatoes pulling on her mouth with a tomb thumb. No control, no grace and the horse is 22 years old and can only be ridden by two people, well unless you want to be on a runaway horse that will plow you into a fence (no bit will stop her, her mouth is a callous). He raced her quite a bid when she was younger too (the sad part this is he would beat some of the top racers lol). Just because your horse can run and you can manage to stay on dose not make you a better horseman. Remember that :).
    [MENTION=26572]stevenson[/MENTION]
    Lol LOVE your response to them! Did they ever learn to close their tack rooms?
         
        01-03-2014, 03:19 AM
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    Yearling
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    ANYONE and ANY horse can run barrels. My BF's dad rides this ALMOST 14hh navajo pony. She is a mutt, cute grumpy and hyped up all the time. Watching him ride and run barrels is painful, he just flops like a sack of potatoes pulling on her mouth with a tomb thumb. No control, no grace and the horse is 22 years old and can only be ridden by two people, well unless you want to be on a runaway horse that will plow you into a fence (no bit will stop her, her mouth is a callous). He raced her quite a bid when she was younger too (the sad part this is he would beat some of the top racers lol). Just because your horse can run and you can manage to stay on dose not make you a better horseman. Remember that :).
    [MENTION=26572]stevenson[/MENTION]
    Lol LOVE your response to them! Did they ever learn to close their tack rooms?
    Yeah I know what you mean, I take my horse to gymkhanas like twice a year, and most of what I see is pretty pitiful, whipping, and screaming and spurring.
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        01-03-2014, 03:35 AM
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    When I didn't know better I used a tie down on my mare. Never did the screaming and spurring... I like life lol! So think about that, and how they ride. The next time they try to pick on you just think to yourself that you could ride circles around them any day. It will help them not get to you, and you could just smile at them and walk away.
    I ride western, and a little english. I would also like to learn to ride the Vaquero style, and people in my area are all barrel racers (or they just think because their horse is registered, been to 5 good trainers, and that they spent an arm and a leg on it makes them better.) and people in my area don't like arabs. I have a poorly trained 19 year old arab, who if not ridden regularly becomes a handful. They don't like my farrier because he is not certified (while their are and make ALL their horses lame), and don't like the fact I have the vet out once a year if needed (I vaccinate myself). I deal with criticism from every direction everyday I just learn to ignore it.

    Its hard at first, but just remember, them flopping on their spazzoid horses screaming and looking the fool, while you are building a relationship and balance with your horse :).
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        01-03-2014, 03:54 AM
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    Yearling
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    When I didn't know better I used a tie down on my mare. Never did the screaming and spurring... I like life lol! So think about that, and how they ride. The next time they try to pick on you just think to yourself that you could ride circles around them any day. It will help them not get to you, and you could just smile at them and walk away.
    I ride western, and a little english. I would also like to learn to ride the Vaquero style, and people in my area are all barrel racers (or they just think because their horse is registered, been to 5 good trainers, and that they spent an arm and a leg on it makes them better.) and people in my area don't like arabs. I have a poorly trained 19 year old arab, who if not ridden regularly becomes a handful. They don't like my farrier because he is not certified (while their are and make ALL their horses lame), and don't like the fact I have the vet out once a year if needed (I vaccinate myself). I deal with criticism from every direction everyday I just learn to ignore it.

    Its hard at first, but just remember, them flopping on their spazzoid horses screaming and looking the fool, while you are building a relationship and balance with your horse :).
    Thank you. I guess this is just my first time actually dealing with drama from these people. But I am having a lot more fun learning to jump, than riding around in circles with them.
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        01-03-2014, 04:52 AM
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    Weanling
    If these people want to act like that, don't talk to them.

    If speak to you, be pleasant but don't go out of your way. You've got stuff to do. I *know* how nice it is to have barn friends. But you really don't need any. If you love it their and that's the only problem. Don't leave. Stuff like this will happen in job places too. It's easier to keep to yourself. I honestly like trail riding by myself. I find people who ride by themselves work harder. They're more concentrated. I see the girls at the barn I ride at, all talking and laughing while riding. They ride for 20 minutes then done.

    Don't let them get to you. They're not real friends, and I'm sorry they've treated you this way. I don't know what it is about horses and barns but it can bring the high school out of people in a really big way.
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