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    01-23-2011, 01:13 AM
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!
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    01-23-2011, 01:30 AM
Thats outrageous! I hate how some people do that! When I was little I was riding in a class and this little girl was riding this ADORABLE little pony and when it stopped to itch its leg she started FREAKING OUT and hitting it with the whip! So that got the poor pony running and she fell off(haha) and then all the other ponys started freaking out and taking off. Thankfully my pony was a good old boy and wasnt fazed at all. I don't understand why people do that and put other horses and people in danger.
    01-23-2011, 10:27 AM
No horse deserves to be treated like that. Horses have carried our weight without complaining, pulled our carts without refusing, and have died in our battles to help protect us and she dares to treat a horse with that much disrespect? That's sick to think about. If anyone tried to take over when I was in control I would've shown them who's in charge. I would've found the owner and bought that pony so fast. Humans can be so cruel and I don't understand why.
    01-23-2011, 10:58 AM
I'm sort of in the process of finding the owner and possibly talking to her about buying the pony. I don't know how financially plausible it is for me, but I'm going to see what I can do. She's a fancy fancy thing that I'm certain could be sold for a pretty penny as a snazzy child's show pony. She just needs some more time put on her, and someone who understands and loves the pony attitude and spirit.
    01-23-2011, 12:35 PM
That's quite shocking experience, it's disgusting. If you have the chance to buy this little pony maybe it would put this pony on the right track so to speak. Keep us updated.
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    01-23-2011, 10:12 PM
Yes, please do keep us updated. I'm glad you've decided to take action. That pony deserves to have a clean start for all the crap that it's gone through.
    01-24-2011, 04:10 PM
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So Eolith. It's not that you hate shows. Just the ones where people have their untrained ponies and are trying to do more with thme than the horse knows how to do. If that's the case I agree! I hope you but that little pony, fix her up and sale her to some loving child who is going to cherish it forever! I always wished my parents had bought me a pony when I was younger!
    01-24-2011, 04:37 PM
It would be most accurate to say that I hate the people frequently encountered at shows who are far more interested in the show itself than the wellbeing of the horses. I still want to buy the pony, but I just don't know if I can afford to do it and whether I'll have the time to really set her straight.
    01-24-2011, 04:43 PM
The things people do for a ribbon.

Keep us updated on if you take her in or not!
    01-24-2011, 05:58 PM
I think it is a very good idea to buy and train that horse and then sell to a
Good home..
Where my friend shows their horses are treated like royalty so that is no way to treat a horse by yanking them around

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