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    01-03-2012, 09:01 PM
  #1
Yearling
Family and horses *rant*

I get so sick of hearing how bad my horses are because you can't catch them, when in reality you just have crappy horsemanship.
Long story short, I board my horse with family and pay practically nothing, just enough to help with the electric bill. They feed my horse twice a day and that's it as far as care. My family, myself, and the one other boarder, are all newbies. The 3 horses I've kept there in the past 3 years have never had a problem being caught, especially the mare I own now. She's as sweet as they come, you can walk right up to her. At most, she might take a couple steps.
I've never been around to see them try to catch my horse, no need if I'm there, but boy do I hear about it.
"She wouldn't stop running away. It took three of us to get her in the stall."
"Really?":roll:
Of course I don't roll my eyes in front of them, it's all part of keeping the peace.
Anyway, this is coming from a guy that doesn't even pet his horses, let alone give them praise for anything. He chucks their hay at their heads. At least mine and the other boarders for sure, and then wonders why my horse could possibly be running away from him. She must just be a terrible horse. Man would I love to tell him that his horsemanship sucks big time and that's the problem, NOT my horse.
Anyway, I can't say this all to them, it would do nothing but cause trouble. They think they know more than I do because they have all the horse friends and all I have is them. But in reality I have more knowledge in my pinky finger, thanks to this forum and the curiosity it provokes in things I would have never thought about. So, I just nod and apologize for my horse being so bad.
Thanks to whoever gets through this, and any encouraging words on mixing horses and family is much appreciated.
     
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    01-03-2012, 09:17 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I think you are doing very well handling it. Maybe ask the guy to show you how he is approaching her to catch her and give him some pointers on how to catch her. If he doesn't accept your help that's his choice but it might help that you involve yourself in helping him to make it easier to catch her. :]
     
    01-03-2012, 09:22 PM
  #3
Showing
I had a few people tell me my horse wasn't blanket broke.. as in they put the blanket on him and he was rearing and spinning and bolting.

Yeah I can agree with that if you run at him and horns start growing out of your head.. they just focus on doing it asap without minding how the horse is feeling so if he's a little nervous, they don't give him any kind of release.. they press on.

Frustrating.. especially since I could throw (not literally) the blanket on him while he's ground tied and he's very relaxed and happy.

Some people, urgh.
     
    01-03-2012, 09:29 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Considering that you are paying "practically nothing"..... I'd say you are getting what you are paying for.

Don't like the way they handle your horse? Board elsewhere...... but be prepared, nobody else is going to take care of your horse for practically nothing.
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    01-03-2012, 10:04 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian    
I think you are doing very well handling it. Maybe ask the guy to show you how he is approaching her to catch her and give him some pointers on how to catch her. If he doesn't accept your help that's his choice but it might help that you involve yourself in helping him to make it easier to catch her. :]
I SHOULD show him exactly how it's done, and then HE can feel like the idiot when she doesn't move. He's the type that would probably get embarrassed and take it out on my horse though when I'm not around, seeing as she already gets her hay thrown at her head.

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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I had a few people tell me my horse wasn't blanket broke.. as in they put the blanket on him and he was rearing and spinning and bolting.

Yeah I can agree with that if you run at him and horns start growing out of your head.. they just focus on doing it asap without minding how the horse is feeling so if he's a little nervous, they don't give him any kind of release.. they press on.

Frustrating.. especially since I could throw (not literally) the blanket on him while he's ground tied and he's very relaxed and happy.

Some people, urgh.
Lol, I have a feeling that's exactly how he's going at her too.

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Originally Posted by Delfina    
Considering that you are paying "practically nothing"..... I'd say you are getting what you are paying for.

Don't like the way they handle your horse? Board elsewhere...... but be prepared, nobody else is going to take care of your horse for practically nothing.
Very true, which is exactly why I say nothing. Doesn't change the fact that he's a crappy horseman and my horse isn't the problem, which is what my rant was about. Moving isn't an option for me. They make it possible for me to own a horse and in return I go out of my way to help them with theirs and anything they need. Beggers can't be choosers, which is why I hang my head and accept that my horse has issues and they know it all. Being a person of common decency I would never treat a family members horse, or anyones, the way they do. Our relationship is not a business one, we're family and that should mean something. But in their defense, they don't treat their own horses that great either.
     
    01-03-2012, 10:12 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Well I'm sorry that's no good. That is my only idea haha, either way you are doing a fine job handling it as long as his actions don't change how she is to you then I wouldn't worry about it. Let him make a fool of himself the only thing I would worry about is that he could be being harsh with her after he manages to catch her and how it will make her towards other 'outsiders'.
     
    01-03-2012, 10:20 PM
  #7
Super Moderator
Whisper,

I hate to put a damper on your right to rant here, (and it's totally ok), but remember that the internet is public and can have a long lifespan, so what you post here is readable by ? Someone you might not want reading it?
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    01-03-2012, 10:40 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian    
Well I'm sorry that's no good. That is my only idea haha, either way you are doing a fine job handling it as long as his actions don't change how she is to you then I wouldn't worry about it. Let him make a fool of himself the only thing I would worry about is that he could be being harsh with her after he manages to catch her and how it will make her towards other 'outsiders'.
Thanks, I surely hope I'm doing the right thing because my head is about ready to explode after listening to them.

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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Whisper,

I hate to put a damper on your right to rant here, (and it's totally ok), but remember that the internet is public and can have a long lifespan, so what you post here is readable by ? Someone you might not want reading it?
Thanks tiny, I am completely aware. If they ever did happen to come across this, a quick search would reveal this isn't the only issue I have ever had with them. Sometimes I wish they would, to save me from having to say it to their face lol.
     
    01-03-2012, 10:44 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Another option would be to maybe explain to them nicely of course that you would like to give them all a lesson on how to handle your mare so you could see how their body language is and then give them pointers on how to make her more comfortable around them? Just a thought. Good luck though stay strong itll be fine :]
     
    01-03-2012, 10:47 PM
  #10
Yearling
You could get them a book on ground work with a horse for a number of trailers out there
     

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