Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I hate shows...
Well, it's being unfairly broad to say that I hate all horse shows ever known to man... but I certainly didn't enjoy the school-hosted one that I volunteered at today. I left feeling sick. The horses were ridden into a lather and then ridden some more. They were yanked and jerked around without any real understanding for why. People they didn't know were handling them and riding them, constantly passing them from one to another.
One instance particularly riled me. I tacked up a pony to be ridden in the western shows. I brought her out, and understandably she was feeling very fresh. She was nervous, moving about and pawing. One of the girls working the show told me to yank her and get her attention. I gave a firm pull on the reins, and the next thing I know this girl is snatching the pony away from me.
This girl jerked on the reins so long and so hard, with the pony throwing her head up and rearing back, that the bridle came off. When they caught the poor creature again, they proceeded to drive her around flailing on a longe line until the bridle came off again. Fortunately they finally decided to pull the poor thing out of the show and sent her back to her stall with me.
I was seething. I had to leave the show shortly thereafter, wanting nothing to do with it. Now I've practically got myself convinced that I ought to buy the pony (her owner wants to sell), retrain her myself, and find a decent home for her. She's such a fancy little thing, and just four years old. She's bursting at the seams with potential, she just needs help getting there!