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post #1 of 2 Old 01-19-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Red Ribbons

I know that it used to be that if your horse was prone to kicking you put a red ribbon in its tail during a class so people stayed away. On my circuit, I dont see anyone doing that, and I know there are some that definetely need one.
One time I was one the inside track, another girl was on the outside and her horse started to freak out. I got the dirtiest look ever. I was a respectable distance away (over a horse length) and by not putting the red ribbon in its tail I had no way of knowing to stay further away from it then normal. How was it my fault??
Another time, a girl cut me off at the canter. Her horse had already been acting up before this and when she went right in front of me her horse tried to kick mine in the face. Of course I broke the canter in order to put some distance between us. If that kick had connected I think I would have killed her, (with words not objects :), well maybe a whip). And of course, once again, not a red ribbon to be seen.
Have people really gotten so greedy for first place or to make their horse seem like they're perfect that safety doesnt matter anymore? I mean, Ive seen people fall off because their horse started bucking when another got "too close".
Is it just my circuit that's like this? Or has these become a common thing?
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-20-2011, 12:46 AM
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I still see them on occasion.

I know there are people out there who don't want to put a red ribbon because of what the judge might think, but I also know people whose horses have freaked out at a show who don't normally freak out at home. Or people whose normally calm horses were in a class just big enough that it upset them, esp if another horse went running up right behind theirs. Sometimes you just don't know what your horse is going to do.

I don't care if there's a ribbon or not, I never stay the minimum distance away. I find the biggest open spot available and do my best to stay clear the heck away from anyone else. I just don't trust people's judgement enough on whether or not they need a ribbon. And they're horses. They have a mind of their own and their instinct is to kick if strange horses runs up behind them.

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