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    09-13-2009, 06:52 PM
arena etiquette

I put this here in horse riding because no matter what style of riding you do, if you're in an arena, this applies!

Sorry this is kind of a rant post.

I went out to have a nice afternoon ride on my boy. Unfortunately it has ben unseasonably rainy, the out doors (all 4 of them!) were more like lakes, so we headed to the indoor. There were 5 of us in there, so really not too many. It was just a nice ride, we chatted a bit, eveyone seemed to know how to pass, not get too close etc...with one exception. this one particular girl just had no concept of how to pass correctly, or call out she was headed for a jump. Several of us had to come to screeching halts to not have a head on collision. I went to just trot over a poll, and here she comes, right beside me, our stirrups just about touched! And my horse isn't all that friendly when other horses get too close. Sigh...

Sorry just had to vent a little. I just didn't feel like it was my place to say anything, she was a younger rider, and still learning, so...

Should I have said something? I probably would have been mean about it from that point maybe it's better I didn't....
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    09-13-2009, 06:55 PM
I think if you can be calm and nice about it then you should say something. If she is young and still learning then she will probably appreciate it. I know I would.
    09-13-2009, 07:02 PM
Well my other thought was, possibly getting my head bitten off by her instructor...kinda doubt it but...i hate rocking the boat!!!
    09-13-2009, 07:06 PM
I know what you mean. I'm always afraid to say things to people even if it's something I feel needs to be said. I don't like conflict. I don't think her instructor would upset with you for saying something though. It's a safety issue that needs to be addressed or she could cause an accident. The alternative would be saying something to her instructor about it.
    09-13-2009, 08:46 PM
Next time, just give her some instructions on how to pass, or to 'shout out' when she is coming up behind or up to an obstacle. I think this is more of her being uneducated, than her just being rude; young people need mentors, and instruction, especially when it comes to horses and riding.
    09-13-2009, 09:26 PM
Oh yea, I know she wasn't trying to be rude. She definitely just didn't know. Which I think is part of why I couldn't say anything. The barn my horse and I are at is SO huge, it will probably be a while before we ride at the same time again.
    09-14-2009, 08:35 AM
Make it really casual and not like an attack. In the beginning just say "Okay everyone, remember to call out your jumps so we don't run into each other!" so it sounds like you're just reminding everybody. She might get the point.
    09-14-2009, 08:42 AM
Sometimes direct action is better than no action

If I were you I would try and have a word with the barn owner - if you have a sympathetic barn owner they will understand what you are saying - and they should definitely not want such behavior to continue or they may be held responsible should an ' accident ' occur on their property.
    09-14-2009, 10:56 AM
Green Broke
I'm surprised her instructor didn't say anything! It's really her job to say something. But since she didn't, someone needs to! Yes, I would have said something in a very nice and tactful pay. Perhaps make it more about you "Do you mind calling out which jumps you'll be going to? I tend to get absorbed into my riding and it'll help me to stay out of your way" Or simply "Can you be careful how close you get to my horse? I know he doesn't like to be crowded and I'd hate for him to kick your horse"
    09-14-2009, 12:55 PM
Green Broke
There are kids like this at our barn, and it is dangerous sometimes! One of them ran up behind Sandie and I one day in the arena when we were leg yielding to the wall...we were about a foot off the wall, and she came cantering up in between us and the wall and didn't call it or anything so I had no clue she was even there!!! She just about knocked us sideways! Her trainer instantly yelled at her and lectured her about calling "outside/indside" but the kids just don't get it for some reason because from time to time it continues to happen.

The other thing they've started doing now is to not clean up after their horses when they poop in the wash stall! I went outside the other day to clean off my horse and there were 4 OLD piles of poop on the concrete slab!!! It was friends and I have decided that we're going to put a sign up there that reads:


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