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post #51 of 101 Old 01-26-2013, 11:18 PM
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Well, my favorite show mishap involved my sister and her little Arabian, Jessa. Jessa loved to jump, but had horrible form. She would fly around the arena and fling herself at the fences, shoulder first, forelegs dangling behind her, and then scramble mid-air to pull her legs over and get her landing gear down in time to avoid a crash. They were in a class with jumps about two feet high, and Jessa was flying down a line of jumps. They got to the first turn, but Jessa just kept going, right over the end fence, through the scattering spectators, over the hill and out of sight.

The weirdest thing I have seen training was at a dressage clinic with a very well-known instructor. Theinstructor wasin the middle, teaching the rider, but also talking to the observers. The student was very experienced, like PSG, and was on a magnificent horse. At one point during his session, he was directed to ride sitting trot to the corner and then do an extended trot across the diagonal. He did this, really flying across the ring with the instructor talking to the crowd about his trot, when the guy slammed into the far corner wall, still at a full extended trot.

When the astonished instructor asked why he did that, the rider said that nobody had told him to turn.
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post #52 of 101 Old 01-26-2013, 11:20 PM
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This girl was racing barrels and everyone who ran ahead of her had very well trained horses that slid to a stop at the gait. Well this girl did Not train her horse to slide stop, so she snatched on the poor horses face like 3 times very hard cussed her horse yelling "yeah run into the gait stupid horse" then snatches the poor horses face to the side and makes him do a 1 rein stop very abruptly.

i could have beat that girl stupid for being so ignorant.
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post #53 of 101 Old 01-26-2013, 11:22 PM
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We was at a barrel show daughter had just ran. Watching the rest of her class the next girl came out and her horse was very hot.. these kids r running pee wee. after 3rd barrel she was running straight for gate couldn't turn her horse fast enough slid off side of saddle and face first in the gate... It was the most horrible sight and sound. She was fine thank goodness had a bloody lip but the sound and sight I NEVER wanna see or hear agin.. At a 4h show a little boy just kept riding this little mini :) well he came up to talk to grandma and grandpa I guess the mini had had enough he just laid down and wouldn't move. Finally they took the pony to get water didn't see him the rest of day on pony :) the little boy was fine but mini said I had enough lol
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post #54 of 101 Old 01-26-2013, 11:40 PM
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Was at a show in my youth. It was a big County fair thing.Pretty big show & high point won a free AQHA weanling. My friend was determined to win . She had 2 horses & did pretty well with them at same show in previous year. It was lunch break so I had left with my dad to go for lunch. She wanted to ride her gelding/tune him up. I arrived back from lunch & a few exhibitors had come up to me asking how she was,I'm like fine?? by the 3rd person asking I'm like what is going on?? well she was taken to hospital in ambulance,her horse reared up & landed on her.So off to hospital I rush...long story short she broke her legs!!!{I know how she could be with her horses sometimes so the accident well....,didn't surprise me} She obviously didn't show that day,but spent the day in camper in agony....
Determined as she was to win this highpoint she was H*LL bent on riding her mare in the trail class the next day.They had had a good show up to this point & Her mare had very good shot at winning this class! Well next day I helped her up on her mare & off she went with her broken legs & rode her mare through the class & won!!
That was one crazy weekend, May have been MANY years ago,but one of those memorable events in ones life.
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post #55 of 101 Old 01-28-2013, 09:13 AM
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This wasn't necessarily a show I was in, but it was a cattle clinic (cutting, roping, etc.) The man who owns the place I ride at- which is where we were having it- said, "Now, this cow is a little bit fresh, but I think you guys can handle it." (The people attempting to "herd" it are haughty male tween/teens which irritate the heck out of me.) About two seconds after the cow was in the arena, it literally jumped five feet into the air and went sailing across the fence, back to its little cow buddies!!
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post #56 of 101 Old 01-30-2013, 11:51 PM
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At an open pony show there was a girl who got bucked off her pony in the show arena, gets up, yanks on the bridle and starts kicking the poor thing in the ribs over and over and over again until the ring steward makes her stop, then this girl also didnt under stand why she couldnt show in EVERY class, like why she couldnt show her 15 yo mare in the yearling stallion class. Then what really madw it an O.O moment was when the superintendent tried to explain to her that she wasnt allowed to show in every class and shouldnt kick her pony like that, her dad comes over to the super. The superintendent is litterally 5 ft. nothing and the dad is like 6'5 and a bodybuilder the dad rips off his shirt and says 'you don't know who your messing with, I amMr. Kalamazoo 2 years running' and starts doing the whole 'pec bouncing' thing and she tells him that he 'had better get his boobies out of her face and take his pony home.'

We were all standing there like O.O O.o
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I cannot even begin to tell you how hard I just laughed
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post #57 of 101 Old 02-17-2013, 05:14 PM
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Once I went to a show and there were two people (obviously from the same barn) loping and jogging around the warm up arena. Whenever their horse would even slightly lift up their head, they would take the crop and hit the horses head with it!?!? Another thing I saw was this older girl on a tiny little pony, waiting to go into a HUS class. And then, I noticed that her kimberwick was on.....upside down. Like seriously. Totally upside down. I told her about it and she didn't even know it was upside down. She thought that was the right way and at first she thought that I was wrong. Then her trainer came over and they both tried to convince me that I was wrong. It was actually kind of funny. Then I told them to ask anyone else in this whole show. So they asked around and they finally discovered that I was right. So then they went to turn it around and I saw that the kimberwick had a port in it. Not just a little port...the biggest port I have ever seen on an English bit. And that thing was on UPSIDE DOWN in that poor horses mouth. I swear that horse was a saint.
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post #58 of 101 Old 02-17-2013, 08:15 PM
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BL. Total insanity and evil.
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post #59 of 101 Old 02-19-2013, 10:28 PM
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Once at a schooling show I saw an older woman on a green looking horse. The horse was acting up rearing, bucking, crow-hopping. The older woman hopped off. Finally after she calmed the horse down the horse went to go scratch it's belly and apparently the woman didn't roll up her stirrups. The horse got its muzzle caught in the iron and started having a panic attack it was circling out of control and backing up at mock speed. Everyone was trying to grab the reins to get the saddle off but the horse just got worse. Someone jumped at the horse grabbing the reins but just then the horse reared up and flipped over. He was okay but it was scary. A lesson to be learned; roll up your stirrups properly!

I have one more! Once we were heading to a show and dozens of ambulences came rushing by. Once we got to the show apparently a woman had been schooling here little girl's pony over a crossrail and the pony refused and she fell off then the horse stepped on her heart. She died instantly. Very sad :( she died right in front of her 6 year old daughter. My sympathy really goes to that family.
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post #60 of 101 Old 02-20-2013, 04:35 PM
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The only show I attend is a very laid back county fair.

There's a "show mom" who is very strict with her kids and has a "winning is everything" attitude. One year she got her daughter a cute little pony. They got the pony all prettied up way early on in the day. While the rest of us keep our horses stalled as long as possible or hang out by the arena letting them eat, relax, etc., this mom made her daughter keep her pony squared and stretched the entire time. She would swat the horse angrily if it so much as stomped a hoof or swatted a fly. We're talking HOURS in the hot sun.

By the time the pony's class was called, she'd had it. She took one look at that nice, soft arena sand and dropped down and rolled gleefully.

I wanted to cheer. I settled for laughing.

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