I ride with the lady who used to own my horse. For some reason, she thinks it is perfectly okay to hit my horse whenever she gets annoyed with him, claiming that he's "pushing her around". These are the times she hit him:
We went to her barn to try out a saddle. My horse started nuzzling with a horse in a stall. Rather than tell me to get my horse off (I was standing right there, and the other horse wasn't getting excited or anything), she grabbed my horse's rein and yanked him really hard twice.
Then today, he and a horse were sort of nosing while we were riding, and she reached over and hit him in the face (while I was on him, mind you).
When I called her on it, she had an answer down pat: when horses are in her barn, they have to listen to HER, and she couldn't explain why she hit him on the trail, except to say "That's how I treated when he was mine".
I'm not quite sure how to tell her to cut it out without getting into a fight.
I would be okay with this if he were putting her in harm's way. But he's not putting anyone in any danger.
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