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post #1 of 9 Old 05-03-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Copy Cat Neighbours

Okay, this has been driving me insane for a long time except this time its getting out of hand.

My neighbours are greyhound, dog people and they have like a 10 year old girl that comes over to our place and just hangs out with me sometimes. It seems that every animal i get she seems to be getting it about a week after she has told her parents, THAT WE GOT ONE. I noticed its happened with every animal, from a goat, to a sheep to a small dog. Even a little bird (cockatiel) that i had just noticed when i went over to their place.

Anyway, i had started riding horses and taking lessons about 3 years ago. About 1 and a half years ago, she started to find that riding was interesting and horses were cool and that she kept a little folder she used to bring over my place with little cut out pictures of horses from google images. I had just got my horse last September, and ever since then she has come over to my place to watch me ride and help with my horse. I've made like just little funny jokes like i had just got a new rug for him and it was all crinkly so I sed " OH wow I think im gonna have to iron this for you! " she took it literally and sed, "did you iron his old rug" with a serious face. How do you reply to that xD?

So its about February and she says to her mum I want a horse, so they obviously start looking for horses on websites and asking "horsey people". The mother was talking to me one day and said,"we found a really nice horse, she's an appy X welsh i think." I was like mmk.. "And she's about 2 years old, and she was really beautiful and so cheap especially for that colour she has" I said, I dont think you should be getting a 2 year old especially when she hasnt been around or riding horses for very long. ( 2 riding lessons and $200 spent on riding gear on the 2nd riding lesson, apparently the didnt hear about the sale down the road and they spent double on what they actually needed. ) She said, " I think we might get it, just so she can grow up with the horse and get used to it and even have a little adventure along the way, the owners said maybe not now because its NOT EVEN BROKEN IN YET. But it was so quiet on the ground i was just going to buy it there and take it home and learn how to break it in. "


They were going to also put the "future horse" in my paddock since my dad and them sort of are really good friends. My TB is very social and we were going to get a companion for him, and they thought they could put their horse in with mine. I was stressing out because if she had gotten a really inexperienced horse they would ask me to ride it and i would end up with a bucking bronco. I decided that i shouldnt get a companion, because of grass and possibly seperation anxiety - and my horse had seem to become happy on his own if he can see other horses.

BUUUT good news ( i think ) she seems to have lost interest in riding but she'll still be up for any free horse so she can train it herself. T.T i feel very sorry for the future horse.


Just wanted to post this story there is a load more that goes with that story but that was just the main parts and just wanted to know if any of youse are going through something similar. :)

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She seems as if she looks up to you. As if you are her role model. Set a good example for her and hope she follows. Good luck!

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I think instead of making this so negative you should feel good about it. The copying part is cute. It should be a compliment to you as she does seem to look up to you. Maybe you could take her under your wing and offer the family a couple of lessons on the basics of horse ownership. Let them know the dangers of owning a young horse.

If they want a horse give them suggestions and tell them why it is a good choice or not. Tell them before they buy a horse to do all the research they can first. Maybe suggest the young girl go take riding lessons while you show them the dangers. Good luck and make it a positive experience for everyone.
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hmmmm very anoying but i agrree with pinto. set an examplke for her and hope that she isnt to anoying. then when she is riding well u can be like i inspired her....... not really but anyway...
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She looks up to you. Is your horse currently alone? That's not at all good for his well-being....
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She looks up to you. Is your horse currently alone? That's not at all good for his well-being....
She said he's fine in her post as long as he can see other horses so I would guess there are others nearby. Some horses don't need companions and are perfectly fine on their own though, most aren't obviously but there are definitely some who couldn't care less if they're alone or not.
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She looks up to you. Is your horse currently alone? That's not at all good for his well-being....
She said they have a goat. Horses do not necessarily need another horse as a companion animal.
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Missed the part about the goat.
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I think instead of making this so negative you should feel good about it. The copying part is cute. It should be a compliment to you as she does seem to look up to you. Maybe you could take her under your wing and offer the family a couple of lessons on the basics of horse ownership. Let them know the dangers of owning a young horse.

If they want a horse give them suggestions and tell them why it is a good choice or not. Tell them before they buy a horse to do all the research they can first. Maybe suggest the young girl go take riding lessons while you show them the dangers. Good luck and make it a positive experience for everyone.
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This covers what I was thinking.
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