Okay, I really want you guys' oppinions on this matter. My ottb is 34 years old, so 70 something in horse years, was raced as a youngster, and my familly still thinks it is okay to ride him. So, a couple months back, my little sister was wanting to ride him when we went down to see my grandmother that day and I told her no, he's retired. My dads just like, oh he'll be fine, and we proceed to go down for a visit. When we get there, though I already had plans to give him a nice groom/massage, my brother goes and gets him out of the pasture. Now, understand, its not like my sister even likes riding, she thinks she does but as soon as she gets on(if she gets on) she screams and cries to get off-every single time. So now, though I am a little ticked that my fragile and at this time underweight, 34 yr old horse is being ridden by some 70+ lb kid who is just going to scream when she gets on, I am just like, you know lets just get this over with. But no, she decides that she can't ride without a bridle, so I tell her she will be fine while I am trying to get his leadrope attached to both sides. My brother is intolerant of this and pushes me off to get that cold peice of medal jammed in the poor horses mouth. While i was still calm before, now I am getting a little worked up. I insist that having the leadrope attached like riens is just like having a bridle without the discomfort on the horse. This is a calm horse too, like 2 on a scale of 1-10, so he doesn't need a bit when being led around. So then my dad comes out and starts yelling that I need to go inside(I am crying now, party because I am in pain by being ripped off the horse by my brother, partly because I feel my horse is being put through unnesesary trauma, and partly just because I am an emotional person). So now my brother is trying to pry my hands off the old boys halter, my little sister is standing there stamping her foot and scolding me, and my dad is yelling at me that the horse is fine and to go inside. Finally I run off to the house to plead with my mom and all she does is tell me to get a grip. I was seriously hyperventillating now, noone in my familly listens to me even though I Know sooooo much more about horses then all of them combined! I have spent ATLEAST 2 hours a week(nomally, atleast 2 hourse a day) for the last 2 years on here reading(and that doesn't include the horse magazines/encyclopedias/ect.) and they all thought he was dying because he was lifting up his upper lip. So I was tolerant of him being sat on for 5 seconds till somebody took her off his back, but then they tried to take him away and go further than that. Was I right for having a problem with that? Or was I just over reacting and being stupid and teenageryish and need to get a grip(wow that was allot of ands :p). Oh, and by the way, I recently found out that my brother was planing on buying me a horse until that happend. He claims I was being selfish, which I wasnt, I was just speaking up for something I care about. So, I have pretty much lost all chance of even going to the maclay, much less competing in it
Sorry that was soooo long :/ cookies if you read it all!