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post #21 of 114 Old 06-15-2011, 10:48 PM
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I have a few that really get me wanting to start arguements :p But then again, I'm known for wanting to "discuss" everything xD (I don't try to argue it, people are just stupid and say stuf they have no idea about, so I enjoy discussing it with them to make them feel as stupid as they're sounding lol)
Anyway:
-People who don't respect ribbons. I don't care if my ribbon is green, red, etc. I I have a green ribbon, my horse is new to this environment and I want to make it as safe as possible for everyone involved. I can train him to death at home, but I don't know if he'ss going to kick out at a show where he's never been before, I don't know if he's going to have a breakdown and go completely ballistic either. Green ribbon means green horse, people! Same as red means stay the hell off my butt, I can only do so much to keep away; I can't control everyone elses' horse while I'm trying to control mine. I plan on tying a red ribbon on all my horses, even if I know try don't plan to kick at all. I want my space, you don't need to run into me to get me to move. *rolls eyes*
-Pay attention to your kids..If they don't listen, they shouldn't be in public off a little leash or something. Previous horse show I was at, Reo started having a fit going in the gate (not my horse, do NOT tell me to fix it at home) and a little boy starts walking past the gate while Reo was flipping out. Reo's rider told him to move (with Reo spinning, rearing, etc) and he stops dead and looks like a deer in the headlights, realises that she's talking to him, just stands there 10 ft away, and then walks as slow as he could past the other half of the gate..really? Where on EARTH were his parents!?! Your horse doesn't understand the concept of MOVE and he's at a horse show with a bunch of crazy game horses?? Please, Please, tell me where the logic is in that?
-People beating their horse because it did or didn't do something. I agree completely with smacking a bit of sense into them when they know better, but not for a simple whinny while you're standing in the shade..
-People who never get off their horse other than to go to the bathroom..You're at a show for 13 hours, running your horse in classes and in the warm up arena..doesn't your horse need any water? Coz I'd trade for a horse I never needed to give water to and keep it healthy as anyone could that gave their's water.
-Racing around the arena (outside where everyone stands with their horses while they aren't in their class), around the parking lot, around the food/announcer's stand, etc. There's a warm up pen for a reason..if you would like to run your horse and have it too tired to run it's class decently, by all means do it somewhere away from where I'm standing with my horse watching everything around me to give her no reason or chance to think about kicking at your stupid self.
-I also agree with horses who set back and break their ties on the trailers/hitching posts. Either train it to stand, don't tie it and just hold it the whole day, or put something that it won't break or discourages it from setting back (lead rope strung through the halter and clipped, works like a charm lol).
-People who let their horses rear/kick/attack each other at the trailer..it's a great way to injur your horse, I would definitely recommend it if you're trying to kill your horse. (sarcasm...)
-People who tie up their horse right beside the gate with their butts facing where we enter. I'm sorry, but I don't like walking behind horses on the ground or mounted, I'd rather not be forced to to get into my class and run. You don't tie your horse to the arena panels, it's just rude... :/
And that's all I'm willing to type right now, lol. There's oodles more, but the charger on my touch pod is digging into my hand as I type and it's too uncomfortable to deal with anymore, lol.
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post #22 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 12:14 AM
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Oh boy...
  • Feral Children. No, as much as you want to believe it, I'm not here to babysit you "darling babies" who actually are the spawn of the devil. And no, it's not my fault if your kid gets kicked by a horse because its running around without supervision.
  • People who feel the need to park their trailer so close to yours that if a horse kicks, its going to hit your horse. Especially when there is plenty of room for them to move their trailer over.
  • People who run their horses into the ground. I was at a ranch rodeo once and there was a guy who ran his horse along the arena wall in a cutting fashion for 35 minutes straight. Then he went to do his sortings and was back at it again afterwords!!! Poor horse didn't get a break.
  • People who don't respect your space in the ring. It's called a personal bubble. GTFO of it people!!!!
  • Kids who make their parents do all the behind the scenes work. Such as, but not limited to: bathing, grooming, tacking up, lunging, finding stuff that should have been put out the day before, feeding, watering, unloading the trailer, and loading the trailer.
  • People who don't know what the hell they are doing.
  • People who smoke and drink at events. Seriously? You're going to get somebody killed. If you're going to smoke, do it outside and AWAY from the flammable objects such as the stalls and hay.
  • Rude Judges
  • Husslers. The "Oh I've never ridden at this event so I have to start in the beginners classes." Then they clean house and get all the cash. It's not fair to the members of this organization and the people who are trying to get better
  • People who beat their horses.
  • People with annoying horses. I know this really isn't the owners fault, but your horse hasn't shut up since you tied it to the trailer. Do something about it!!!!
  • Bad sports
  • People who brag about winning and think they are the isht just because they won the Blue ribbon. I love it even more when they bad mouth you because you didn't win.
  • Pushy side-liners such as trainers and moms
  • People who bring kickers to events and then they freak out because your horse made their horse kick.
Well, I think that's a decent list.
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post #23 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 01:26 PM
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My biggest pet peeve at the paint shows is when certain trainers keep their cell phone, bluetooth, and/or spurs on when they're in a halter class. It's disrespectful to the people in the class and extremely disrespectful to the judges.

Also on my list:
-barking dogs
-crazy children with no supervision
-alley hogs - don't make me wait 5 minutes to get around you with my horse all because you can't move your horse over
-the trainers that don't move off the rail during warm ups.
-the people that use extreme bits yet ride like they're using a snaffle. Those horrible cathedral or bike chain bits aren't ever needed. I once saw a trainer almost cut off a horses tongue with the bit she was using. Unreal.
-those girls that have the $20,000 horse and the rich girl attitude.
-the people that point out all the issues my pattern had. Yes, I realize my horse's front feet were a 1/2 inch off... No I don't care.
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post #24 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 08:48 PM
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Just thought of some more:
-People at shows parking in a way that is both space wasting and just plain stupid, especially when there is limited room to start with!
-"Sitters" - people who sit on their horse and watch the event they're competing in plus the 5 events before.
-Stallion owners not wearing an appropriate ribbon and not keeping it away from other horses.
-Parents who buy their bratty children heaps of expensive horses to win, when the kid can't even ride the horses.
-Passengers. People who can't ride the horse but still get the results because the horse does everything.
-The kids that chuck a tantrum when they don't win.
-When the allocated horse parking area is a million miles from the actual arena, and bathrooms >.< and when the general admission public get to park right next to the arena.

That's all I've got for now :)

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post #25 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 09:08 PM
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-"Sitters" - people who sit on their horse and watch the event they're competing in plus the 5 events before.
I am guilty of this. Whenever I have my horse at shows or rodeos, I am usually sitting on him watching the events from over the fence. My saddle is much more comfortable for me and I end up in pain if I have to sit on those metal or wood bench seats that most of the stands are made out of.

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post #26 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 09:23 PM
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People who abuse their horses and biased judges
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post #27 of 114 Old 06-16-2011, 10:46 PM
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I'm fairly new to showing. So far the only things that have bugged me are people who don't ride left to left in the warmup ring and poorly organized shows. If my ride time says 12:38, I'm there at 12:38. If I don't get in until 1:10, it's not only annoying, it also upsets the timing for both me and my horse in terms of warmup. I'm the type who likes to warm up and go.

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post #28 of 114 Old 06-17-2011, 07:22 AM
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Hmmhhhh, where do I start.


Young kids telling you how to ride YOUR horse.


Parents that do everything for their kids eg. Washing, plaiting, cleaning gear. It's your horse, get off your butt and do something. Mum made it clear that when I started she would be turn into my slave.

Rude rider's that cut you off at shows, glare at you, and expect you to say sorry?

Unorganised event's

People getting in your way when your trying to warm up.


THE LIST GOES ON!


Learn showing etiquette before you come to a show, but I guess you have to start some where.

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post #29 of 114 Old 06-17-2011, 09:23 AM
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If my ride time says 12:38, I'm there at 12:38. If I don't get in until 1:10, it's not only annoying, it also upsets the timing for both me and my horse in terms of warmup. I'm the type who likes to warm up and go.
At most dressage shows, and I think at events as well, your ride time goes by the 'show time' which is announced quite periodically throughout the show. Often times things run late, or even early, and they have to change up the ride times, but instead of going through EVERY ride and telling them that they will be riding 1/2 an hour later, they just keep the ride times and change the time itself :) This may not have been true at your show though, just keep an ear out to be sure!

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post #30 of 114 Old 06-19-2011, 12:40 PM
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At most dressage shows, and I think at events as well, your ride time goes by the 'show time' which is announced quite periodically throughout the show. Often times things run late, or even early, and they have to change up the ride times, but instead of going through EVERY ride and telling them that they will be riding 1/2 an hour later, they just keep the ride times and change the time itself :) This may not have been true at your show though, just keep an ear out to be sure!
Yes, at the more organized shows, I am aware of that "relative time" thing. This particular show literally had nobody calling the shots. My division was numbered in the 20's. When I got there for my stadium round, there were a few people wearing 20's, teens, 40's etc, and nobody was managing who went next. I took it upon myself to go over to the woman wearing #20 to go in next so the rest of the 20's could do our rounds in order. Luckily my horse was still up for the fun despite standing around for a good 30 minutes. It was a schooling show, but still could have been better managed.

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