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post #31 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 08:55 PM
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I would do the same thing cuz thats just sad for the pony
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post #32 of 40 Old 03-25-2010, 09:36 PM
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Gee, you guys are really righteous.

Not so much the original poster, I actually think she handled it pretty well considering the awkwardness of the situation.

Some of you other guys though, I can only hope aspire to your level of righteousness someday.
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post #33 of 40 Old 03-26-2010, 09:12 AM
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Not being 'righteous' trailhorse, just saying if someone showed up who was obviously far too heavy for the animal in question, they'd get the, "I don't think this is the right horse for you" speech.

I certainly wouldn't call her a fat, lazy, ignorant hog. No need for that kind of language or disrespect.

Since my concerns are for the animal in my care, I don't owe any explanation to the person as to why I think they're not a suitable match.

Whether or not she grew up around horses is moot; for my particular animal this wouldn't be a good fit for a variety of reasons.
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post #34 of 40 Old 03-26-2010, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by westonsma View Post
So now, I'm sure she feels like a total ass after all of you saying what you "would have" done, or that the girl wouldn't have been allowed on the property. For some of you, it's true, but others, think about it.

Fact is, if I were in a similar situation, I probably would have done the same thing she did. I would have let the girl try her out, helped her up, and then just told her something like, "You know, I don't think she's the horse for you." I wouldn't have had the guts to be either blunt, nor rude to someone, especially a brat, because I don't want the rumors and bad blood.

Really, I commend you for facing it as long as you could, giving her the benefit of the doubt, and eventually protecting the best interest for Honey. Good job!!!
I don't think any of us were trying to make the OP feel like an ass. As a matter of fact most, if not all of the posts commend her on her patience.

Trailrider, as to being righteous: I don't think anyone here is being righteous either. But not all of us are as tolerant as SorrelHorse was for our own reasons.

I am NOT tolerant of people that don't have the knowledge or concern for animals but still want to *own* one, which is a huge difference from *caring for* one. In this situation, everyone walked away OK, but it doesn't always turn out like that. I probably would have told the girl right out that I didn't think the horse was for her after all. I would not have lied about the horse being lame, because that can come back to haunt you, but I would not have elaborated on my reasons why I would turn the girl away unless she pushed me for a response. That's not righteous, that's just the way it is.
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post #35 of 40 Old 03-26-2010, 07:41 PM
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I don't think you were being bitchy at all. Your first and foremost concern was the welfare of your horse, and that's the way it should be. Good on you for standing up to that brat. She had some nerve talking to you like that. Among everything else she did. Hope it goes better next time. :)

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post #36 of 40 Old 03-26-2010, 11:41 PM
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I would have told her to leave before she got in the saddle...Lol...kudos for having a bit more patience than I in that respect.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #37 of 40 Old 03-27-2010, 09:33 AM
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I know it was never the intention, lol. I just read them as if you were saying them to me, and I did feel like an ass for "not sticking up sooner" or "making her leave right off the bat."

I didn't mean to offend anyone else, either. It was just comment after comment said, "You handled it better than I did, I wouldn't have let her near my horses." I would have had mixed feelings if I were hearing those things for myself...
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post #38 of 40 Old 03-27-2010, 04:54 PM
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Oh, no, I'd say you sounded perfectly fine! I would've been disappointed if you told her to politely get off. Haha, bravo!
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post #39 of 40 Old 03-27-2010, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
I am absolutely fuming right now.

As some of you know, I've been trying to sell my little draft/pony mare, Honey. So I had this girl come out who seemed really interested. I didn't know much about her but she said she'd done barrel racing, pole bending, and hunter jumper so I just assued she had a little bit of horse sense, if nothing else.

I have never seen someone who shouldn't have a horse more than her.

So it was bad from the start. She called me and said she was coming to see Honey so I went out to catch her. They were all frisky and Annie nearly nailed me with both back legs when I went in there. It took me about ten minutes to get a rope on Honey's neck. They were running like hell all over the place.

So once I had her roped I brought her up just as she pulled in. I didn't realize, but she was sixteen years old. She had her father bring her. I don't want to be mean, but she was wider than the horse and had to be over 300 pounds, and when she got out of the car I thought she was frikkin' thirty five. Dear lord....this horse is 14.2hh, not built for a heavy rider. And the first thing she did was insist on putting her saddle on...which was a very old, cheap western saddle that weighed about as much as I did. So this is about 400 pounds on this poor pony's back. And her shoes were frikkin' black Nike tennis shoes......I didn't want to let her ride....but I wanted to be polite so I said so long as she stayed in the driveway and just did a few circles it would be fine.

So she went to cinch up her saddle and she had a whole bunch of Honey's fur and skin pinched. She completely rapped her cinch and it was a miracle she didn't get kicked. I finally just pushed her off and did it myself. I loosened and gently re-did it, praying that that was the end of her stupidity.

Merf. I wish.

So next, she couldn't claw her way into the saddle. She hung off the side until I finally said "Just come up to truck and slip in the saddle that way."

So we did and Honey cringed when she got on. Then she couldn't figure out how to steer. W T F? You pull on one rein, she turns that way. That was the first bloody thing I learned as a four year old! And she's done pole bending???? How the hell does she run like that???

I finally had to lead her around. After that, she's like "Well I'm not used to steering this way and she's a lot smaller than my Thoroughbreds. She's not that well trained, is she? I bet you haven't worked her in at least two months."

I snapped right then. I snatched her reins and told her to get off. I told her that she couldn't have Honey.

Those of you who know me well know my temper is short. I know I ound really bitchy but I have a low tolerance for ignorance, especially when it's involving my horse's potential new owner. I want to make sure my horse is going to a good home.

Cookies if you read the whole post. My ranting is a little bit extreme today =/
I have to admit, the way your thread was typed out was amusing to read. I could only picture it all in my mind as I was reading it oh God you poor thing. I only feel for you. Good for you for standing up for yourself. I have to admit I don't know I could have handled the situation any differently than you did.

Once again, another perfect example of how people are freaking insane. I deal with people like that every day at work, and believe me I feel I lose brain cells every time they come in proximity.

Good luck with the selling.

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post #40 of 40 Old 03-27-2010, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mom2pride View Post
I would have told her to leave before she got in the saddle...Lol...kudos for having a bit more patience than I in that respect.

I was showing a sale horse to some people and the woman whose saddle I was using blatantly told me "Don't let any fat person in my saddle". She's German and very blunt. I had to laugh. Luckily the girl showed up and was average weight or else she would have been riding bareback!!
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