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I missed watching shows because I'm intolerant

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        06-17-2013, 06:20 PM
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    Trained
    I missed watching shows because I'm intolerant

    I don't compete, but I can usually learn something from watching. I could have watched a bunch of shows on the weekend. However, while riders were just exercising in the arena I saw a couple of people doing that funky western peanut rolling and what I call "lame gait" that looks to me like the poor horse in in pain. You know -- step in front and hop in back. IMO, it's awful. I tried and tried to look past it, watch the others, but just kept getting drawn back to the same rider/horse combination. So, I gave up and decided not to attend any of the shows. I just knew I wasn't going to be able to shut up and watch and surely I would upset someone.

    Anyone else ever get to that point?
         
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        06-17-2013, 06:25 PM
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    Yearling
    A local fair had Mexican Dancing horses and it took every ounce of restraint I had not to rip them of their horses. Their ears were all pinned and several were bucking while "dancing" and the riders were just laughing at them. I had to leave, and I felt sick for hours afterwards.
    I've seen some sad looking horses at playdays and shows. If its really bad like someone riding a limping horse, I report it. If its metal tiedowns, peanut rollers, gigantic metal contraption bits, I just keep my comments for when I'm in the truck on the way home.
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        06-17-2013, 06:36 PM
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    I think weve all had our share of watching.. er.. people do thinkgs we don't agree with-- I like to see people do things wrong sometimes- reminds me to be a better equestrian and to learn from others mistakes.

    I seen a woman at an aqha reining event one year slapping her horse on the neck with the end of the reins (hard) to get him to spin faster-- she was hangin around a lot of guys- one of those 'i can be tough like a man' deals-- I wanted to grab her leg push it up and flip her off that horse and slap her around with the reins-- I didnt but in my own mind I did.. lotta times! Lol.
         
        06-17-2013, 08:45 PM
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    Trained
    Slapping a horse with reins? Not so bad. Certainly not even as harsh as a crop, and better the rein than more spur, at least, IMO. Certainly not anything in comparison to the above posters. You never spank your horse?
         
        06-17-2013, 08:54 PM
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    Slapping a horse with reins? Not so bad. Certainly not even as harsh as a crop, and better the rein than more spur, at least, IMO. Certainly not anything in comparison to the above posters. You never spank your horse?
    I agree-- slapping a horse on the neck with the reins aint bad-- whoopin them in the throat repeatedly to the point the horse is jerkin his head away and scared to open his eye is a little too much for me-- for no reason- because the woman wanted to look cool.


    Nope never spanked a horse-- I've slapped one that needed repremanded- that horse didnt do anything except everything the woman asked-- maybe she was mad at him for being such a good horse? I think the guys she was with was egging her on too.
         
        06-17-2013, 08:58 PM
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    Trained
    No offense meant, but you have no idea if the horse was doing what it was supposed to or not. Perhaps the horse was giving a half effort. Might have looked good to you, but the rider knew the horse could do better. I hesitate to judge, unless it is out and out abuse like the TWH crap.
         
        06-17-2013, 09:41 PM
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    Slapping a horse with reins? Not so bad. Certainly not even as harsh as a crop, and better the rein than more spur, at least, IMO. Certainly not anything in comparison to the above posters. You never spank your horse?
    Hmmm no one wants to see me over and under a horse.....I've slapped my horse on the shoulder with the reins during a spin as I'm 5ft tall and can't get my leg that far forward like my more gifted 6ft friends.....
         
        06-17-2013, 09:44 PM
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    To the OP - when I see something 'odd' at a show (and I say 'odd' in a WTH are they doing way) I try to figure out what they're doing, why they're doing it and to what end and I've seen some pretty crazy stuff.....how about the guy who shows up with 6" leather guards attached to his back cinch because he's hiding spur holes on his horse.......
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        06-17-2013, 10:19 PM
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    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    No offense meant, but you have no idea if the horse was doing what it was supposed to or not. Perhaps the horse was giving a half effort. Might have looked good to you, but the rider knew the horse could do better. I hesitate to judge, unless it is out and out abuse like the TWH crap.

    None taken-- if it was doing something wrong I agree spanking for the right reason-- for the spin the neck needs to be straight and her throat slapping made the neck bend incorrectly.. I think she was one of them bunnies on someone elses horse.. Id sure be mad if she was on my horse, lol.
         
        06-17-2013, 10:31 PM
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    I have a hard time watching the WP shows with the peanut rolling and the odd gaits. I find it hard to understand the attraction. But, it must be there and it must be enjoyable or people wouldn't do it. And the horses are usually ok.

    It's always hard to see someone discipline a horse in ANGER. That's just being spiteful and even brutal. You do occasionally see folks who really go after a horse, long past the point of the horse giving in and paying attention and trying harder. Now it's just trying to escape an unrelenting attack .
         

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