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post #1 of 43 Old 01-05-2013, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Do they realize everyone is staring at them?

That moment when this picture best describes you when you witness really really bad riding.



Have anyone here ever witnessed bad horsemanship and thought to themselves: Do you think they ever wonder why they can't ever get their horse to perform basic tasks like everyone else? I.e walk, trot, canter . . .

There is this woman at my barn, a short petite woman with long black hair. She does not dress in either traditional western or the english riding garb - she prefers tattered black skinny jeans and to hide her face with black scarves and long black jackets that flow in the wind with her black hair as she gallops up the gravel road of my barn. She has an adorable bay pony/arab/thing mare that I believe to be a saint for what it puts up with.

This woman has no understanding of rider position and how it actually helps your horse move better. This picture best describes her position:


It's like an extreme chair position. It's not uncommon for her arms to be up that high at all either.
So again.
How does one expect their horse to balance at the trot and canter with 110lbs of human bouncing around on their back??? They don't. They stop.
When the pony got agitated, the woman hauled backward on the mare's mouth (while at a canter) to . . . Teach it a lesson I assume . . . And seesawed the rains violently to the point where the D-ring of the snaffle was in the center of the mare's mouth.

I almost jumped off my horse and grabbed the reins of the pony and told the woman that was enough.

Has anyone here ever felt the need to stop someone and offer advice? How did it turnout?
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post #2 of 43 Old 01-05-2013, 10:49 PM
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I stay away and don't get involved, it doesn't end well to share unwanted opinions.
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post #3 of 43 Old 01-05-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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I stay away and don't get involved, it doesn't end well to share unwanted opinions.
Yeah, that's why I didn't do anything . . . But still my hearts goes out to that poor mare :(
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We had a girl at our barn who would spend the whole ride wailing on her horse (nice horse!) with a dressage whip while yanking on its face.....we would all stop riding, line up across the arena facing her and chat while all gorking at her......she got the message.....and was later booted out for other infractions to the peace and harmony of the barn we didn't need to say a word, sometimes silence is louder than words......
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What does her dress have to do with anything? And yes, horses CAN move around with 110 lbs bouncing on their backs. Mine have doe it with 180 lbs bouncing...gotta learn somehow. They seem to like me anyways.
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What does her dress have to do with anything? And yes, horses CAN move around with 110 lbs bouncing on their backs. Mine have doe it with 180 lbs bouncing...gotta learn somehow. They seem to like me anyways.
I was trying to paint a picture of what she looks like. Don't worry, I am not trying to put her down because she does not wear expensive breaches
AND Of course a horse can carry 180lbs but that's not the point I'm trying to make :)
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We had a girl at our barn who would spend the whole ride wailing on her horse (nice horse!) with a dressage whip while yanking on its face.....we would all stop riding, line up across the arena facing her and chat while all gorking at her......she got the message.....and was later booted out for other infractions to the peace and harmony of the barn we didn't need to say a word, sometimes silence is louder than words......
As snarky as that sounds I think I might do that next time lol
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Depends on the person and the situation. I have people at the barn who ride horribly but are trying to learn. Then there's people I know who ride horribly and think they're all that and a bag of chips. I don't have a problem correcting people, I just have a problem with the attitude that could potentially follow.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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It depends on how I think they'll take it. I've always wondered that to really, how ppl can make such blaring mistakes while everyone around them is doing things correctly. But maybe not everyone watches others ride I guess.
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And yes, horses CAN move around with 110 lbs bouncing on their backs. Mine have doe it with 180 lbs bouncing...gotta learn somehow. They seem to like me anyways.
Yeah, I think lucky horse, only 110 lbs. Poor Ellie has to manage nearly 200 lbs of me, plus saddle. (Though I did get the lightest one I could find...)
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