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post #1 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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People Expect So Much!

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Well a girl who goes to my school told me a story today. She had such a brilliant weekend. She knows I horse ride and she told her parents she wanted to start riding. She is in grade five and TOLD her parents she wanted a horse. So her parents went out and got her a 4 year old Arab! Never had a rider on its back in its life and she has never ridden a horse and is expecting to go to a show on Friday with it! She wants to do show jumping on it. Ahh! The poor Arab I feel so sorry for it. But how clueless can you get? I've seen photos of him and video she showed me today. She walks up to him and he runs off and then rears into a fence. She says he is a little nervous! A little! She is expecting so much from the little guy and thinks she will be able to handle him. She asked me if I could have a few rides on him first. I turned around and told her to have lessons and get him a trainer. But is everyone expecting this much from horses today?

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 05:29 AM Thread Starter
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I would just like to add that she just rung me (god knows how she got my number) and announced she was going to start jumping on him today. Its dark here now and she has no indoor arena or one with lights to use outside. This horse hsa never jumped freely or with a rider (never had a rider on its back). She goes any advice, I told her not to as it was dark the horse has never had a rider and its not safe. Did she listen nope. She told me she would ring when she is done, so then I told her to wear a helmet. I qoute her exact words "I'm to good to wear a helmet". I bet even the best rider on here wears a helmet!

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post #3 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 06:37 AM
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silly silly silly. honestly, i would rescue the horse! it will get introduced to riding the wrong way. a 4 year old arab. no riding experence. they are highly spirited horses in the first place. and no helmet? DANGEROUS!

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post #4 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Exactly! Makes me wonder.

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post #5 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 06:50 AM
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oh well. shes young and she'll soon figure out that you don't buy yourself a 4 year old arab, with no riding experience, and put it into a show, then start jumping at night without a helmet. the figuring out proseces will hurt alot and she will have probably gotten used to the taste of dirt! poor guy

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post #6 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 08:49 AM
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Does this girl seriously want to injure herself and the horse? Actually no, I put this back on the parents for letting it get this far.
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post #7 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 09:15 AM
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Wow, that is ridicules! Let us know what she tells you after she rides!

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post #8 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 11:04 AM
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I mean this girl is only 9 or 10, she probably doesn't know better. But her parents, this is inexcusable. Do they want their daughter to get seriously hurt??? This arab could kill her!
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post #9 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 11:29 AM
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Someone is going to get hurt.

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post #10 of 29 Old 07-27-2009, 11:30 AM
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i feel so bad for the horse. arabs need proper training (as do all horses), and especially because of their naturally high spirits, they need professional training and firm guidance. this kind of thing can ruin a horse. i hope she figures out quick that this horse isn't for her and gets another one. for her sake and, more importantly, the horses'. however, if this horse really has never been ridden, i wouldn't worry about the jumping. she'll come off before she even gets over the jump. as for the no helmet thing, i find refusing to wear a helmet when riding an unbroken horse is the mark of an ignorant rider who has no business on a horse that green in the first place. how can her parents sleep at night?
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