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post #1 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Does this happen to anybody else?

Does anybody else get watched by random passersby as you work with your horse?

There have been three times now in the last 2 weeks or so where someone has been randomly watching me and Lacey work together and it's really cracking me up.

It's happened before sporadically, where someone walking past will take a break nearby and watch but now it's just getting ridiculously hilarious.

The first time out of this trilogy happened about two weeks ago. I was riding Lacey in the arena and the neighbor to the north (I think it's north...) was returning home. He parked his truck horizontally across the road in the middle of his turn into his driveway and just sat there, watching us for about ten minutes. Then, he started up his truck again, went in his driveway and went away.

Then, about a week ago, I was riding Lacey and this woman came driving down the road next to the arena. I happened to glance over at her and the only thing was, she wasn't watching the road at all. She was watching me and Lacey with the biggest grin, I have EVER seen on anyone's face, on her face.

THEN, today I was free lunging Lacey and another woman comes driving along the road. She was going pretty fast (it's a straight, flat road that turns everyone into a race car driver) but started slowing down when she saw Lacey and I in the arena. She kept slowing down until she was directly across the road from the arena, then she put her car in park and sat there watching us for maybe 5 minutes. Then, she took her car out of park, waved at me (people don't usually wave at people they don't know around here, fyi), I waved back, and she drove off grinning.

It cracks me up so much. I don't even know these people, yet they're just chillin', obviously getting a kick out of watching me work my horse. It kinda makes my day to know that something about what I'm doing made their day.

Does this happen to anyone else? Share your funny being watched by strangers stories!

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 01:18 AM
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it happens here all the time random people will stop and watch you or come over to talk while im working with fury or wave at me . Where I live everyones really friendly and everyone pretty much knows everyone haha small town

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 06:27 AM
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yes! Once I was out my my horse and a tourist started taking pictures of me! (i live by a canal and people come along in their boats in the summer). Also I was once with my horse in the field and some hackers stopped to ask me about him.

Another time, a car pulled up on our verge and a man and a young girl got out to look at my horse, well I think the little girl wanted to!
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 09:34 PM
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haha! That's happened to me a few times. I live like, in a hole in the middle of nowhere... Well, it's not a hole, but they have no entertainment for teenagers, but anyhoo I'm getting off track.

I don't live on a main road, I don't live near a big city or town, but once in a while joggers, dog walkers and other horse riders will stop and watch me work my horses. I had one neighbour watch for half an hour before stopping me to tell me that they had to go and to keep up the good work. The funniest I've always found is when the local cattle mover/transporter is shifting cattle around my area and he sees me riding, he'll stop and ask if I'm on my "fast horse" and then gear up to race me along the paddock fence. I swear he lets me win each time, but it's good fun. =]
It's rather flattering that they stop to watch and so obviously enjoy it, don't you all agree? =D
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 09:53 PM
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LOL nope, it doesn't happen. But where I board is kind of out in the middle of nowhere, so there's a strawberry farm across the road, and that's basically it.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 10:11 PM
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Horses hold a natural facination for most people - just look at how they have sucked each of us into their world.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 11:15 PM
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Lol, our town has a population of 457 people. I ride directy next to the rode, and on top of that I work at one of the two restaurants in town so everyone knows me as the waitress too. Lol I have so many people wave at me it snot even funny. And I get lots of wierd looks when I'm sliding and spinning I had someone slam on thier car brakes after my sliding stop and ask if I was okay and if the horse was okay...she thought the hind end collapsed or something

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 11:31 PM
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Nope.
But that's pretty funny that people stop to look at you and your horse! :) I would be werided out if someone did that to me and my horse. Stalkers.
I live in the middle of nowhere, only about 10 cars pass by the house and the barn I part time board at, and it's usaully just farmers running there erands.
The only time people watch me is at shows, they adore Rocky to much sometimes...Dx
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 11:39 PM
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haha surprisingly yep.

The horses are down the back of the property, not visible from the road. But the arena & roundyard are up by the road, I think some people slow down to watch simply because they had no idea that there was actually horses on the property.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-25-2010, 11:43 PM
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People don't watch me ride since we have an indoor arena, but we do have people that like to park on the side of the road and take pictures of the horses in the paddocks. I think it's weird and annoying, but we get a lot of city people who never see horses soo I guess it's different for them.


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