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        06-14-2011, 11:55 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Just as a reply not an excuse to those who said out of control horse. There are those horses who work wonderfully at home and then bring them into a crazy show atmosphere and they become a fire breathing beast. Been there and done that.

    I once had been working with a little mare who was calm relaxed hunter when I rode her at home(barn where she was boarded) and even rode her in a schooling show there. When we went out to a larger show, she became a ball of nerves, shaking and it was all I could do to just do a lot of small circles in the warm up while shouting "Excuse Me" "Sorry" "Coming Through" to the other riders who where all looking down their noses at me. We ended up scratching all the classes.

    So now as I have learned from this I try to take my horses out to as many different places I can before entering a show. Of course this was not an option for me then, as I did not have a truck and trailer. (or even a driver's license)
         
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        06-15-2011, 12:32 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    ALOT..

    Number one problem EVER - Stupid people!

    People bringing a horse to a show who is known to pull back from the trailer and break their halter/leadrope and then blame the horse.

    People walking through the people loping circles warming up and create a five horse pile up. Yes, I just love when you cut me off and cause the person behind me to run into my horses butt.

    Children running around

    Dogs running around

    People running the snot out of their horse for no reason - Not warming up..

    Not warming up before you run

    People who don't water their horse all day

    People not being at the gate when you have been called three times to run. Um, they call you ahead of time and you should be waiting.

    People who stand in the alley way and get mad at YOU when you run out of the arena.

    Horses that are kickers with no ribbon in their tail..the no ribbon in tail owners who get mad at you because their horse kicked at you even when you are fifteen feet away.

    People riding in spurs when they are not necessary because you look cool with them on. Yeah, you just look stupid.

    People with NO manners.

    This one is just me but it seriously bugs me..People who wear their halter under their headstall as a tiedown. :roll:

    Alot..I could go on forever..
         
        06-15-2011, 01:43 AM
      #13
    Showing
    My biggest pet peeve at shows is seeing parents force their children to ride horses that they are obviously scared of and aren't experienced enough to handle. Then the parents yell at the kid because they blew the pattern or started crying .
         
        06-15-2011, 02:15 AM
      #14
    Trained
    I really don't get bothered a lot, when I am at a comp, I am too focused on "us" to notice. There was a recent HT that I couldn't ride, because my horse was back sore and I had to scratch, so I went with my Team to offer support and be a groom - I was able to witness more than I would if I were riding.

    - How unorganized the event was.

    - Riders who beat their horses at fences when they refuse. That bothers me beyond belief.

    - Riders who sponge their horses faces, to get a fake headset for the dressage phase. Really...you think the Judge doesn't see this?

    - Spoiled brats, who expect their parents to do everything for them. This is YOUR event, not your Mothers or Fathers. YOU tack up your own horse. YOU organize your tack and equipment so you know where it is. YOU groom your own horse and get yourself prepared - if you can't do that, then you shouldn't be doing this. They are there to support and help when needed, not be your slaves.
         
        06-15-2011, 08:15 AM
      #15
    Foal
    People who take everything too seriously!! Lighten up and have a good day - does it really matter that you only came 3rd???
         
        06-15-2011, 09:00 AM
      #16
    Banned
    Yeah, I agree with almost all these. BUT not only spoiled brats but simply, kids are kids. People r people. NOBODY is perfect, whatever someone says. I have seen a mom yell at her kid. In warm-up the girl seemed happy and enjoying her self and was VERY polite. She didn't have a horse she couldn't handle, it seemed but her mom was yelling her head off. She was a great rider, probably 12 and she was jumping in hunter hack (2 2' verticals). So they are in hunter hack and she goes, she messes up and is a little off and something and her mom goes "WHAT THE H***?". R you kidding me? I'm like OMG. Supportive mom! :roll: She got like 2nd or 3rd so yeah.
         
        06-15-2011, 09:24 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Only being allowed to warm up on one rein !!!
         
        06-15-2011, 09:27 AM
      #18
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fuadteagan    
    and her mom goes "WHAT THE H***?". R you kidding me? I'm like OMG. Supportive mom! :roll: She got like 2nd or 3rd so yeah.

    That was so my mom! Except she would wait until we got home and we would watch video like football teams watch game tape. She invested big money in horses, training, & time teaching us (my mom trained under hall of famers, so she expected a lot) and she pushed us, then I thought it was too hard. Now at 31, I thank her for it and for making me the rider/trainer that I am today. She taught me to expect more out of myself & to try to be/do better every time I get on a horse.


    I agree with smrobs about parents that over horse their kids. I see that way too often, either by selfish parents who have their kids ride their horses in youth classes hoping to put more points on the horse or those who just don't plain know any better & picked up the cheapest "broke" thing they could find to appease a kid.
         
        06-15-2011, 09:48 AM
      #19
    Showing
    Feral children left to run loose while their sorry excuses for parents have no clue and no desire to know where their little darlings have gotten off to, or who they might be harassing.

    I'm not a big fan of bratty younguns to start with but when the parents turn their spawn loose like it's a free for all play day, my whip hand gets a little twitchy.
         
        06-15-2011, 09:14 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Also going to add (since I had a HORRIBLE experience at a jumping clinic last night):
    Jumping in the warm up arena with people that don't call jumps
    People in the warm up arena who will use your horse to stop theirs.
    Also people completely up your horses butt in the warm up, or any other arena for that matter.
    People who pull on their horses heads endlessly and have absolutely no control in their feet.
    People who run their horses endlessly to 'warm up' (as stated above)
    People who think they are 'perfect' in their riding abilites and therefore must glare at you if you make a mistake or if your horse is a little off. (I especially hate this if it's a snot-nosed little kid. Had quite a few of those at the clinic last night, and actually got some attitude from a couple of them!)
         

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