All I can say is... Wow.
Haha a little bit of venting here... Just thought I'd share.
So there's this girl who shows in 4-H with me. And 4-h is just like for fun, mostly, you know? Well, she has this registered paint, and he is just an angel. I mean darling. He is well-mannered, sweet, and he's SO big, but he would never hurt a fly. Plus, he's been very well trained, so he can do about anything. Well, this girl, we'll call her T, is SO mean to him. And so cocky and rude about everything. No one likes her because she is way less experienced than everyone else, but she will constantly criticize our riding, showmanship, etc. So we all kind of try to avoid her, but of course... that never really works.
So I went to State last year, and a friend and I were planning to help each other wash and finish stalling our horses, basically finishing up together. Well, T just threw herself right in there, leading her poor horse right up between ours and being like... Let's wash him first, he's a paint, he needs it more. You guys can do yours tomorrow. Well... we didn't want to wash tomorrow, T, we wanted to do it tonite. DUH. But, she is just so persistent, so out of control and out there. Plus, her mom is like, head of the horse committee, so she cries to Mommy if you say no and then you are being reprimanded. So, we helped her wash her horse, and then, she just LEAVES. Doesn't help us do ours. We were pissed.
THEN, she was being all buddy buddy to me... And she was like. I don't like this girls horse. It's ugly and stupid and not trained well at all. Well, that girl was one of my best friends, and she is so nice, and her horses are gorgeous and the only reason T would say that is because that girl always beats her. I'm like... uh, T, that girl trains her own horses and I think they are gorgeous. T glares at me and then finds someone else to talk to. Then, she was talking to the girl, and saying how she just LOOOOVES her horses. I was so mad, I had to tell my friend what T said. My friend was just like... I know, I've heard that from lots of people.
Then, later, I heard that T was telling people that my horses are idiotic and ugly, and that I am such a b*!ch that she would never talk to me, and she's SO glad she always beats me. Well, T only beats me sometimes, and even then, it's just because my horses are home trained and hers are professionally trained. Not that I'm being stuck up or anything but I just hate it when people on awesome horses say that it's their riding that's better and that's why they're winning, when really it's just that their horse is so good.
So when I beat T in reining she freaked out, went to the judges, asked for a rescore, said she didn't know about some of the rules... blah blah blah. She knew. They ignored her, which of course they would, they're the judges. Well, T complained about it all day.
And then, in trail, there was a waterbox. My horse has never seen one, I doubt a lot of horses have in 4-h. My mare and I had a bad experience with a mudhole earlier in the year and I was pretty sure she wouldn't cross it but I asked anyway, and of course she refused. So I was just proud of her overall job, other than that. T made fun of me all weekend. Then, her horse was about to cross it and she got tired of waiting and spurred him hard. He was trying to do good, and it scared him. He jumped into the waterbox, caught his back foot on the edge because she was still spurring him, slipped, and fell. OBVIOUSLY, the judges saw, they asked her to leave, she freaked out, blamed the horse, and ran off crying. I was the one who went into the arena, took the poor horse out, and calmed him down. He was BLEEDING, her spurs were so harsh. Then she yelled at me for touching the horse. I was about to strangle her.
Now, she's been training with this awesomely nice lady who comes and gives clinics sometimes. Well, T always interrups the trainer, points out things she thinks we're doing wrong, everything. Even the trainer asked her to stop! But she doesn't. Ugh, I just can't STAND people like that! I'm like... go show in paint shows if you're so good... leave 4-h to those of us who train our own horses and actually help others out, that's what it's about.
Anyway, she told me yesterday that if her horse pushes on her, like rubs on her or anything, she always carries a tack around... she says she just picks it up and jabs him in the nose. I about decked her. But you just CANNOT tell her anything, she won't listen, gets angry, tells her mom. I feel so bad for that poor horse and I try to do as much as I can for him... but there's only so much you can do, you know?
Ugh, sorry, just needed to vent a little. IT'S JUST SO WRONG! *strangles T*
To rein a horse is not only to guide him,
but also to control his every movement.