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    07-15-2011, 11:45 AM
Cool Pet Peeves

I am sure that everyone has pet peeves about other riders at their barn, or their horse, or other horses, or maybe even themselves. LETS HEAR THEM!!

One of mine is excess unnecessary tack! I hate it, its tacky (no pun intended haha) and it weighs the whole ride down!!
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    07-15-2011, 12:30 PM
My big pet peeve at my barn is a bunch of the girls run around the barn barefoot and even ride that way. Barefoot in the barn seems yucky and dangerous. (One of these is a little girl 5 or 6 who rides barefoot and helmetless)

My personal pet peeve is my right leg is weaker due to an old army injury and my stupid right heel creeps up on me a lot. I constantly have to remind myself to put that heel down. My last instructor even joked that I looked like 2 different riders depending on which side she was watching!
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    07-15-2011, 12:36 PM
Grooming my lesson horse, then coming back from the tack room sixty seconds later to find a teenager "re-grooming" my horse, unasked. It just annoys me beyond words for some reason.

My own personal riding pet peeve is that I have a hard time keeping my chest up and shoulders back. I ride a desk all day long so keeping good posture is a constant fight for me.
    07-15-2011, 12:40 PM
Barnmouse when I used to take lessons when I was younger I used to hate going for my lesson coming back and finding my brushes and other contents of my grooming box scattered throughout the barn! Everything had my name on it and everyone still helped themselves!! AND taking lead ropes out of boxes and not returning them.
    07-15-2011, 12:50 PM
Ohhh yeah, we have walking grooming supplies too! Lol Nothing's labeled so it's pretty much fair game, but if it was my own personal horse's grooming supplies that were being bogarted I'd probably be tearing out my hair.
    07-15-2011, 01:40 PM
I have my own place, so I'm the only owner in the barn but I do have training clients, lesson students & their families in & out.

Bringing spectators is totally fine & welcomed but it drives me insane when small children are brought along and can't's a barn & arena, not jungle gym & sandbox!

If you open it - close it. Gates, lockers, tack room, barn doors...if it had to be opened it was shut for a reason.

My self peeve, I'm awful about hoofpicks....I stick them in my pocket & forget them. Need to work on that 25 yr old habit! At least they are always clean, I usually find them in the washer
    07-15-2011, 02:02 PM
I board at my sister in laws, and she is always trying to tell me that my cribber is going to die of colic. I've done hours of research on the internet to learn anything and everything I could about cribbing, but no matter what I say, she would rather insist because some guy, somwhere told her it was so. Do the research yourself! I don't give a crap. But my horse is not going to die and she's not going to teach it to your horses. I've got it under control, thank you.

So I guess it would be people who would rather listen to that ONE "expert" they know, than just doing the research, if they're really that worried.
    07-15-2011, 02:28 PM
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People who don't stop their horse when they say whoa. Oh my, goodness! Whoa means stop! It does NOT mean continue around the roundpen (or wherever) another 3-5 times at a canter, and then proceed to slow the horse to a walk and STILL not stop >.> I do not care one ounce if you're "just having fun". It's dangerous, and it messes up the training onthe horse. I absolutely hate it. My friend's pony is leased and she does it all the time. Everyone tells her to not do it, but she proceeds to do it. Both my friend and I are so annoyed by it, and now when he gives lessons, the little kids have to actually pull on the reins to stop him. He use to stop on a dime with just a whoa, and now he doesn't. >.<

But anywho, my pet peeves of myself when I'm riding. I absolutely cannot keep a good seat at a canter on a few of the horses. They're so rough at the canter and I feel like I'm bouncing like a sack of potatoes on their backs. *sigh* It sucks, lol. I also hate that the horse I'm leasing has the worst trot in the world, it's so difficult to post to because it's so short and choppy, and I don't enjoy sitting it either. :/ A small 3 meter circle is fine, but anything bigger she gets choppy, unbalanced, and speeds up to compensate.
I also hate when BOs (or owner of horse you're leasing) has an issue. Or they plan on selling the horse out from underneath you while you're leasing it.

I don't want to rant on everything that peeves me because I'll be here for a week, so we'll keep it at major ones. :p
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    07-15-2011, 02:36 PM
There are quite a few things that make me mad was stables. My number one would be snotty children. It is the main reason I found a place without them.
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    07-15-2011, 03:08 PM
My big one - People who can clearly see that I'm trying to work with my horse and concentrate on what HE'S doing, but insist on talking to me about the weather or something. Yes, I know the weather has been crappy lately and yes, I'm very appreciative of the sun we have now... but please. Let me focus. I'll talk to you when I'm done concentrating on the 500lbs of horse jogging in circles around me.

Also: Don't give my horse treats without asking. 95% of the time, I'll probably tell you to go right ahead and give him that piece of apple or peppermint, but for God's sake... ASK FIRST.

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