Anywayyy, I went riding with a friend of mine this past saturday. I was just chilling out, and riding my very calm TB mare through the park, a beautiful day. There is a community type playground and picnic benches right by the park ranger's station. We where walking along the road, and a middle-eastern (no intention being racist lol) man and his two children come charging up to us (the kids where about, oh I dunno. 2 and 3? A boy and a girl).
I (and my riding partener) see him comming, and patently wait for them to walk up. We tell them clearly that if they want to pet the horses, they must walk to see them. They listen.
The man steps up, and says "May we pet your horses?" he has an accent, but both myself and my riding partner understood him clearly. Of course I return a yes, I don't mind when people come to pet her, jersey loves the attention!
The man procedes to pick up his young boy, and approaches jersey from the side. I tell them "this is jersey, she's a sweety. Feel free to give her a pat." the man then tries to throw his kid up on to my horse!! He didnt ask, he dosent know me, the kid has no helmet, and im still on my horse! I grabbed the kid by the leg, and pushed him and his father backwards. I said "woaahh! Excuse me! You can not just throw your kid up onto someone else's horse like that! That is dangerous, you never know what they are going to do." or something along thouse lines.
The guy began speaking jibberish, and I left. I was venting to my riding partner, who said the same thing, not once did he ask permission, but he did ask if he could pet the horses.
This makes me so mad. That boy was so lucky I wasnt riding my green arab! That boy would have been in the hospital!(well, I wouldnt let someone pet him, just because he is so unpredictable. He would have freaked at the sight of thouse kids running! Lol )
I was furious. I have had no problem like this before. Have any of you guys encountered such a thing while riding? (let it be on the trail, in the ring, or even people comming to pet the horses!) what are your experence with these kind of...experences?
I could have said something so much worse! That is so frustrating how dense people can be! although its a good laugh later. Haha.
Milk and cookies to all who read this! LOL.