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post #1 of 4 Old 05-06-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Scary Playday

Last Friday I witnessed a scary incident that occured never seeing
something like this happen inside the arena myself before. Every Friday
night we have our playdays out at the fairgrounds in the arena. The
first event is poles. A girl who is an experienced rider loped her horse
out there did a few poles with the mare and then got to one pole and
the mare refused completely. The girl bumped her with her spurs several
times and the horse got so frustrated it reared like 5 or 6 times
completely up into the air and the girl hung on apparently not afraid
of her. The horse continued to rear and buck, but the girl made her
go through with the course. Afterwards she took her to this dirt circle
outside of the arena for warming up and was loping her around it and
the horse I believe tripped or almost fell and the girl came out of the
saddle and landed onto her feet!

She definitely was brave and even though she is a couple years
younger than myself I would have been a little shaken after the
incidents that night. When she was called again to participate in
poles she led her horse through them.

I even had my camera recording the events that night, but I just
couldn't bring myself to film that in case she got hurt or someone
was offended by it, lol.

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-06-2009, 12:54 PM
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I see this quite a bit.
I get annoyed when I see someone disciplining their horse and taking 10 minutes on a pattern that should take 20 seconds, however I am used to running at shows where they will not hesitate to DQ you for stuff like that so I suppose it is just what I am used to. I like to leave the training for home.

On the other side though, good for her for staying on her horse and for not running him in her next event.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-06-2009, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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I have embarassed myself several times in the ring
in my opinion for not completing the course due to
my horse was acting up like this, I stayed on him but
exited the arena and told the announcer to go ahead
and go to the next person. I don't know if i did the
right thing or the wrong thing? LOL.

BTW, this mare was also the girls "new horse" she told me,
just like in my other thread when we was discussing spastic
horses, a horse that is not properly trained like this one a
rider should not enter the arena at full speed expecting the
horse to full perform either without lots of training first hand.

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-06-2009, 01:40 PM
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I think you did the right thing. When I first got Diesel, he used to have melt downs in the middle of the arena. We would be going along fine and all of the sudden he would see his shadow and go bronc on me :roll: I used to calm him down and get him to walk, and just walk out of the arena in the middle of the pattern. I feel it is better for the horse and considerate to the other riders.

I feel the same way about gate-sour horses. At play days and the like, I have seen it take 5-10 minutes to get the horse into the arena. At sanctioned events, you have about 90 seconds to get in the arena. If you or your horse isn't ready, you get scratched.

In these events, people want speed so bad they sacrifice training. I hope the girl took her horse home to get him mellowed out before she brings him again. That or just does some really not-scary trot stuff to get the horse mellowed.
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