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        07-30-2013, 10:20 PM
      #91
    Weanling
    You guys will like this one. A few years ago I was at an A show. A girl from my barn was riding her horse up the to main arena. You have to ride past a small swampy spot that leads into a larger pond back by the parking area. Her horse started to freak as she went by the swampy spot, reared up, and flipped them both over into the swamp. Both the horse and rider had to climb out of the pond and were soaked. They were both ok though. For the rest of the horse show, every time she went into the ring, the announcer would change her horse's name to Swamp Thing owned by Salty Bottom Corporation as a joke. It was hilarious!
         
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        07-30-2013, 10:58 PM
      #92
    Yearling
    Finally subbing, because I love this thread ;)
         
        07-31-2013, 12:28 PM
      #93
    Green Broke
    We were doing a CTR clinic at a local riding club one year. I was helping hand out waters to the riders while they sat on their horses and listened to the speaker. I came to this one guy who was riding a skinny two-year-old gelding in an upside down tom thumb.

    At a CTR once, a lady had entered her emaciated mare in the 25 miler. This horse was skin and bones. Every rib visible; hip bones sticking out. You could see the horse's vertebra. The vet judge, the ride manager, and rules interrupter gave this lady a serious talking to.

    There is a lady who brings a appy stallion to all our rides. He's a sweet boy...But let's just say I wouldn't breed my mare to him. I think that was an opinion shared among most of us. Anyway, during ride briefing one night, someone called, "Loose horse!" Two or three people got up to help catch the horse. Someone asked, "Whose horse is loose?"

    "That appaloosa stallion."

    And every mare owner in the builder leapt to their feet and RAN to their mares.

    One time, my group and I accidentally cut off about half a mile of trail during an event. We got to the P&R, unaware we had done this until this lady starts YELLING at us. We're trying to pulse down our horses, and she's threatening to get us disqualified! I mean, there was nothing we could have done about it. Wait till the ride is over to berate us. (We didn't end up disqualified.)

    Here's a terrible one: I was riding about six from the front of the pack. We were picking our way through a narrow, rocky, slow trail. I ride a SSH who talks pretty fast. The people in front of us were on Arabians. We kept on running up their tails, and they kept trotting away. After a while, we see them stopped on the trail and dismounted in front of us. I ask to pass, and they say, "No. Someone fell off."

    Okay, so we wait. I tie my horse to a tree and hold their two horses. The owners head over the ridge and come back in a panic. They ask us for vet wrap and our jackets and saddle pads. The person who fell off actually feel down a 15 foot embankment and was going into shock. Her horse was bleeding terribly, and the owner was hurt badly as well. We waited for two hours until the EMTs could climb down into the valley to get her.
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        08-01-2013, 08:01 AM
      #94
    Yearling
    Years ago I was riding H/J with a wonderful trainer who despite being 4'10 in her boots had a very commanding presence. She had the uncanny ability to sense when a horse was going to duck out or refuse and her growling command "YOU GET UP THERE" was enough to get any horse she had worked with straightened out. We were at a "B" class show checking out the greenie classes when we see a young gal with an attractive POA enter the ring. My trainer mentions she knows that mare and had worked with her a few years ago. As they went down the line we notice the mare getting sideways and her green rider was headed for a wreck.

    My trainer launched herself up on the rail fence and screams at the top of her lungs "YOU GET UP THERE" and by golly that pony launched herself like she had been stung and cleared the combination with 3' to spare

    The worst wreck I ever saw was at a dressage show of all places. This mare was a veteran competitor and mellow tempered, her rider very well seasoned. The rider had a billet snap and the saddle slipped back. That mare lost her mind, ran through the arena fence and into the parking lot. Her rider should have bailed but tried to stick it out and the mare literally jumped into the front windshield of a truck parked in the lot. Mare had to be euthed on the spot and her rider broke her pelvis.
         
        08-01-2013, 08:47 AM
      #95
    Green Broke
    Dimsum, I was in PA taking a lesson with my BO's friend. I rode this gorgeous palamino appy who was cut really late so he was still a bit studdy. I had him on the cross ties and I walk away and he is swinging his butt all over instigating the gelding. The trainer yells down the isle "Doc, mind ya business!" I'll be **** the horse moved right over, dead smack in the middle of the isle, with ears pricked forward as if he was like "Sorry pop!" He stood there like that for my sisters lesson until I came back to tack him.
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        08-01-2013, 08:57 AM
      #96
    Green Broke
    Double post sorry
         
        08-01-2013, 12:42 PM
      #97
    Yearling
    One horse show that sticks in my head and has for many years was the Futurity Saddlebred 2 year old harness class. I walk in and sit down, the 2 year olds are coming in. One leaps up into the grand stands, not making it all the way but hooking his front legs on the bars, another one flips over backward onto the cart (viceroy)and is now freaking out on the ground and a third tries to jump into the cart in front of him. It made for a very very exciting class. All that said, the arena was full of very very skilled professionals and it was handled quickly and without too much of a problem. There was one horse hurt but not too bad, thank God. I have to admit, It is that memory that still keeps me thinking that horses need to be a bit older before they are mentally ready for such events.
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        08-01-2013, 12:55 PM
      #98
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SlideStop    
    Dimsum, I was in PA taking a lesson with my BO's friend. I rode this gorgeous palamino appy who was cut really late so he was still a bit studdy. I had him on the cross ties and I walk away and he is swinging his butt all over instigating the gelding. The trainer yells down the isle "Doc, mind ya business!" I'll be **** the horse moved right over, dead smack in the middle of the isle, with ears pricked forward as if he was like "Sorry pop!" He stood there like that for my sisters lesson until I came back to tack him.
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    That's hilarious! My BO has a 3 year old stallion right now and whenever his attentions wondering to where it shouldn't be she says "Mind your own business!" and that horse stands up straight and doesn't move a muscle. It's hilarious when he's out in a field trying to romance a horse she's training and she yells at him and he just stops and stays quiet for the rest of the time!
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        08-02-2013, 06:49 PM
      #99
    Foal
    I was at a show in Utah last week, it was English equitation, and I saw the craziest trainer. A little girl, I'd say about 8 or 9, was riding a huge arab looking horse, I swear he must have been 16 hh, so maybe not an Arab, anyway, this girl was barely four feet tall, riding a 16 hh horse! With spurs. The girl definitely couldn't ride the horse properly, and the spurs weren't helping, she lost the class, and afterwards, I was standing watching the older kids, and the little girl was being insulted, demeaned, and screamed at by her trainer, just a few feet away. I went into the barn to look at the horses, and there was a whole ton of commotion in one of the stalls, the horse the girl had been on was being "bent" he had one rein clipped off the bridle, and the other one was bending his head towards the saddle it was tied to at quite a severe angle as "punishment" for acting up! All the other riders in the barn, were minding their own business, and/or occasionally yelling at the horse for running around his stall and making a noise. I felt really bad for both the girl and the horse. I finally got someone to untie the horses rein, and later, watched the little girl being kicked and slapped by the trainer as she was sitting watching the show, for no reason. There was also a girl riding a tiny Arab, around 14 hh, and really small build, that was way to big for him, and I mean way to heavy too, the horse couldn't even canter properly under the weight.
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        08-02-2013, 06:54 PM
      #100
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by remka    
    ... and later, watched the little girl being kicked and slapped by the trainer as she was sitting watching the show, for no reason.
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    I'd have had to call for bail money at that point
         

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