Stupid Rider Stories?
If you have any stupid rider stories, I want to hear them!
And while you're at it, here's mine!
I had this friend who was my best friend in middle school, and one day, I took her and let her ride one of my horses with me. We did this a couple of times and she started becoming a "better" rider, and along the way, she started telling me all these ridiculous stories from "when she had a horse a long time ago" and how they would go for rides in the countryside (who words it that way anymore?) and how she would have him lay down and he would get up and they would go galloping off. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that stuff is possible, but the first time I put her on my horse, she couldn't tell me the difference between a hoof and a vertebrae.
So time goes on, and we convince her mother to buy her a horse, and the first thing she does is buys a 4 year old Thoroughbred. For a first horse. After ignoring all the warnings of everyone at our barn. The horse caused her so many problems, and even I had trouble with it. And then, time goes by and the horse just stays in his stall all the time, and he goes lame. They had to sell him because they had apparently overlooked a fence incident at his old home.
So time goes by, and they go to an auction and "rescue" a mare, a Missouri Fox Trotter, and while they're at it, they buy an UGLY Tennessee Walker, who is just about the STUPIDEST mount I've ever seen. And the girl gets on her horse and doesn't ride it, just hangs on. The thing galloped around the arena until he gets tired, stops for a few minutes, then goes the other way.
One time, a man brought an Arabian to our barn as a guest, and she's a young, hyper thing, and this man WORE THAT HORSE DOWN. And the girl gets on the mare and just GALLOPS her around, and my friend and I were sitting on our horses talking to some people in the arena, and the girl, on the Arabian, comes barreling into the arena at full speed, heading straight for our butts. Spooks the bajesus out of our horses. The horse swerved and the girl naturally fell off. And then she started talking about how she rode such a young horse and there wasn't anyone at the barn who could've handled that horse except her. Except she didn't handle that horse. She FELL OFF that horse.
Then, a couple MORE months go by and it turns out her "rescue" mare is pregnant. And the IDIOT KEPT IT. No, I don't mean she didn't abort. I meant, once the foal was born, she didn't try to sell it because she wasn't able to handle it. Despite everyone saying that that horse was going to cause he injury, she kept the foal. My horse and her horses' pastures were adjacent (foal separated, I guess), and her foal ran RIGHT through the electric fence. My horse came up and investigated naturally, and the girl is just CHASING the foal, screaming at it. I had to pull Rocket out of the pasture, and I ended up catching the foal. Her mother broke her ankle trying to stop the horse. And in the end, the girl blamed it on me.
A lot of people lost respect for her after that, and a man was so angry at the girl that he gave me a free saddle. And it was a nice saddle, too. The girl ended up moving because everyone was pressuring her to sell her mare and foal.
If you're not practicing, someone, somewhere is, and when you meet him, he will win.