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        04-05-2013, 07:32 PM
      #81
    Yearling
    I have a couple, mostly with draft horses because that's what I helped show.

    One four in hand of belgians broke sort of loose (took part of the wagon too) and ran threw the fair grounds, a little girl was seriously bruised and a broken leg when she got slammed into.

    Watched an unruly six in hand of percherons (first time for most of them) being drove through busy fair grounds without anyone other than the driver.

    A percheron stallion tie stalled next to a mare in heat and he wasn't happy about it to say the least.

    A six in hand haflingers, owned by two different owners the rear two where not the drivers team. The driver wanted to use his wagon and the not even a lap around the front wheels fell off the wagon and it caught the back two haflingers hind legs doing a lot of damage. One was so scared of being hitched for a year.

    We got to a show with the drafts when the light horses were leaving. A little girl's pony didn't do well in barrels to her father (think 200 pounds) got on this tiny, wiry pony (maybe 400 pounds) and kicked the pony until it would move. It wasn't pretty.

    Drunk old men.
         
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        04-13-2013, 04:56 PM
      #82
    Foal
    Well I was at a fun show not like what I usually show (which is gold shows) So I was doing the 3' jumping course and I was waiting for my class to start so I watched the two foot class. I around 15 year old girl I had seen doing barrel racing/pole bending went in with a horse that was strictly western. She went over the first jump and you could tell she didn't know anything. So the second jump came and she leaned so far forward she was almost touching her horses ears. So she fell on the jump and her parents took her to the hospital because she had hurt her arm. I was a really dumb mistake... :)
         
        04-13-2013, 08:58 PM
      #83
    Weanling
    I've seen some crazy things (read scary).

    A couple of years ago I was at Dressage at Lexington grooming for a friend who was showing. We had some time in the middle of one of the days and decided to wander over the the coliseum to watch some of the in-hand classes. I believe it was during a two year old class that a filly was brought into the ring acting a little nutty. It wasn't exceptionally unusual as a lot of the babies tend to be pretty up (Especially in the coliseum. It's a scary place for a horse). The unusual part was that after she was taken out of the arena and back into the warm-up area, she came galloping back into the arena sans-handler. Apparently her handler had let the lead rope get too long and she bucked, catching him in the face. She tore off half his face and knocked him unconscious. Needless to say, he was taken away in an ambulance VERY quickly.

    I have a few other stories but mostly they're just about idiots riding poorly and causing havoc in warm-up arenas. I do, however, have a rather amusing story from a steeple chase.

    I go to the Radnor Hunt Races every year as it is held up the street from where I ride. Last year, during the first race of the day, out of a field of 13 horses, only two of them actually finished the race with a jockey on their back. Every single other jockey had fallen off (as far as I know, all were okay). One of the jockeys actually fell off over the first fence, and his horse continued the entire race (all three laps) jumping every jump without him. It was one of the funniest things I think I've ever seen.
         
        07-27-2013, 10:25 PM
      #84
    Foal
    I saw somebody at an A show in a hot pink jacket
         
        07-28-2013, 02:06 AM
      #85
    Weanling
    We were at a Lil Britches Rodeo one year, and a pony didn't win the barrel racing class. The kids mother came into the arena with a big whip, and beat that poor little pony from one end of the arena to the other. It was horrible, and no one did a thing to stop her. I was told she was some sort of "leader", and behaved this way at every show. This was in the days before cell phones. I went to the pay phone and called the police.
    Then when I was younger and riding in playdays, there was a man who had two daughters who were contestants. While they were in the arena competing, he was screaming and cussing at them and their horses, yelling things like "get that SOB around that gd barrel" I mean, this man was LOUD, and acted like a deranged lunatic. I felt so badly for his daughters, and his horses. Both girls turned out very badly, with sad, unhappy lives.
         
        07-28-2013, 07:11 AM
      #86
    Foal
    I don't compete much but love going to watch the shows. A few interesting things I've seen were

    1. Friend of a friend on her luckily very calm and cruisy gelding riding at a canter leaning forward as far as she could holding the reins almost below where they meet the bit. Someone had told her this was how you taught a horse to collect!

    2. Lovely young warmbloods first time in an indoor arena. He spooked at something and did an almost perfect capriole. His rider didn't budge and received a round of applause.

    3. A friend and I were watching a local cross country event and had stopped to watch the water jump. A lady was standing next to us filming bits and pieces. After about 15mins a girl who would have been around 12 came up to the jump on a nice looking TB who put in a very dirty refusal. Girl went flying over his head, landed heavily and didn't get up. The woman next to us asked if that meant she was DQ'd. When we said yes she snapped the video camera shut and said "Well, we can't use this to sell him then!" and stormed off. The girl was her daughter!!! Lucky she was OK just slightly concussed but I couldn't get over her mothers lack of concern.
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        07-28-2013, 11:18 PM
      #87
    Yearling
    A couple since I've really only had the opportunity to show at a local level with my mares grumpieness! So aside from the usual warm up ring craziness here are some of the many crazy ones:

    1. In a 4H show I was in the warm up ring (with a loose reign) when an attendant pulled me aside with my horse to ask why I was using a tom thumb. He berated me because my mare wasn't wearing a snaffle. I tried to explain that my mare hates anything other than a tom thumb and I knew how to ride in one correctly but I appreciated his concern. Never quite figured out what that one was about. Every time I was there and he was he always was on my case and yelling at my mom and trainer, and me. :P

    2. When I was helping out at the State fair for my trainer and another lesson girl who was doing a western pleasure class the judge asked the riders to ride to their breeds descriptions headset wise as they had everything from quarter horses to morgans riding. The judge asked her after the class why she had her horses head and neck up so high and tucked, saying rolkur was wrong. She was riding a Morgan and had a traditional western pleasure headset on him and he wasn't overtucked, he was even poking his nose out a bit. He didn't realize that that was how a morgan is supposed to go in a show....

    3. At another 4H show a woman kept telling me and my mom that we had stolen her horse who was a registered appaloosa. And was throwing money at us to get her back, and threatening to call the police. There are two problems with this: 1) my horse isn't an appaloosa, she's a very roany red roan. 2) we bought her off a friend who knew the guy who raised her.

    4. I wasn't there for this one but the barn where we used to board held rodeos every so often. A guy came in during a roping class with a paint three year old who was emaciated, dehydrated and scared to death. The horse went through all of his classes until the guy tied him along side other horses and preceded to beat on him for not winning. The gelding backed up underneath all the horses ropes trying to get away from the blows to the head he was getting from the guy. The barn manager (who became a family friend) helped people cut ropes and removed the gelding and saw up close and personal how bad the horse was. The guy was still trying to beat on him when she offered him $100 and told him to leave the horse and get off the property. She didn't even let him keep his tack. When she went to get the horse out of the stall the next morning for the vet she found out he wasn't even halter broke. It took her years but she managed to get him green broke when we bought him off of her. He went to the trainer above (who does morgans) and ended up being a great horse who might have his quirks but is still a lovebug!

    5. When I was showing my mare w/t/c western pleasure there was a slight miscommunication between me and her (despite the fact that she was the horse I took lessons on, owned, had first ridden and hadn't done cutting in years and we knew each other like the back of our hands... hooves) and she had a flashback to her cutting days. In the middle of the cantering portion she slid to a stop, then cut a corner like a cutting horse does a cow. We ended up getting second in the class and kudos from the judge for doing something more original than just bucking or bolting. During day 2 of this three day show (the previous encounter had been on day 1) I was 13 at the time and me and my mare were made fun of because we didn't have the best of tack or the 'show' looks (we looked presentable but like we were in an open show, not AQHA or anything) and because she was the only horse that didn't have papers and I was a kid riding in adult w/t/c wp classes. We went in and came out with a 1st place and with accolades because she was the only horse who actually loped instead of the trot in the hind like most AQHA level horses show at and did in that show. At the end of the show all of the judges said they liked my mares spunk and one of them offered to buy her off of us for a pretty decent amount of money. I turned down every offer. Lol

    Love this thread! It puts mine to shame! :)
         
        07-29-2013, 04:11 PM
      #88
    Green Broke
    Incitatus32, my mare is an ex Reiner. I used to get frustrated because when we would turn off the rail she would try to run down for a sliding stop. We work on it all the time and she is good now. Then we go to a show and do a horsemanship pattern and of course I feel her wanting to run down. I can't do anything but laugh now and tell people she had flashbacks to her "glory days" when she went to the APHA world show for reining.
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        07-29-2013, 06:49 PM
      #89
    Yearling
    Lol I'm glad to know that my are isn't the only one to do it! I've just learned to go with the flow over the years because she's a horse that once her mind is made up to do it she's going to do it. That ended her western pleasure/ show career! It's always good to add that little humor in a show in my opinion, loosens up the atmosphere. :)
         
        07-29-2013, 06:57 PM
      #90
    Started
    It's more funny than crazy - but it happened to me.

    I was registering my horse in for fair and the lady asked me what breed my horse was. Well, he is the conversation.

    Lady: What is your horse's breed?
    Me: Blazer
    Lady: I'm sorry, I need his breed.
    Me: Blazer
    Lady: No, I need his breed.
    Me: Blazer
    Lady: Girl, I would like his breed not his name.
    Me: My horse's breed is a Blazer.
    Lady: Are you sure??
    My mom: Yes, this horse's breed is a Blazer. They are just not a common breed.
    Lady: OOHHHH, OKAY!!!!! Thank you!!
         

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