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    01-13-2012, 09:12 PM
Has this happened to you before?

A bit of a rant, sorry.

One of my trainer's lesson girls recently bought a horse. When she was looking at them, my trainer mentioned to me one day that a horse the girl was looking at could be Shamrock's brothers.

Let me interject for a moment.. Shamrock gets a lot of compliments at the barn for his behavior, his progress, how pretty he is, etc. And this girl and her family were no strangers to complimenting him. She had done it, her dad told the trainer that Shamrock is "such a beautiful horse", her grandma even complimented him. So they know who Shamrock is and everything, this occurrence was no accident.

Well today the girl had that horse at the barn, so I got to see him. And he looks EXACTLY like Shamrock. His coloring, his build, pretty much everything. Shamrock's color is a little bit darker and richer though. Here's the worst part.. Shamrock has a lot of green stuff because, well, it looks good and his name is Shamrock.. it just makes sense. The girl who bought this Shamrock-clone ALSO BOUGHT a green halter/lead rope and green sheet for him. That's just a bit over the top, and obviously no accident. It just really frustrates me that she'd go so far as to copy my horse's look to a T AND buy the same colored stuff for him.. c'mon.

It doesn't appear that the horse will be staying at the barn, which is relieving. But it looks like she may trailer him there for her lessons. If she brings him and she got him a zebra blanket too (Shamrock's blanket is zebra).. We're going to have a problem. That's taking it way too far.

Now, here's my question.. Has a situation like mine ever happened to any of you?
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    01-13-2012, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
Not with my horses gear but one of the girls I competed with in show bought the exact same show clothes and saddle/bridle as I had for my mare... heres the thing, I always where the same show outfit to everybody was familiar with it. She also had a bay mare pretty close to mine. So we looked almost exactly the same in the class....one time in my WP class the judge called out her for 1st and me 2nd and when she went to get her ribbon the judge was like "OH ****" xuz she gave it to the wrong girl. So the girl had to give the ribbon back and then tried to scream at me and I just looked at her an was all "well if you would stop trying to be my clone and work more on your riding maybe you would win fair and square....being my clone isnt going to make you beat me..." yeah I know it was mean and really snooty but it pissed me off that she would try to copy me...
    01-13-2012, 09:22 PM
Imitation is a form of flattery, she likes your horses and wants one just like him. Maybe you impress her too and she wants to be like you.
    01-13-2012, 09:32 PM
Originally Posted by cmarie    
Imitation is a form of flattery, she likes your horses and wants one just like him. Maybe you impress her too and she wants to be like you.
That's what my parents said, but I've never been one to be flattered by being copied. They did agree, however, that if the Shamrock-clone gets a zebra blanket too, it'll be over the top on her part. I already believe it's over the top, but yeah.
    01-13-2012, 09:43 PM
Like the others said she looks up to you and want what you have
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    01-13-2012, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
Yup, I have a bay horse and all my tack is black and white and my friend where I board has a bay horse and all her tack looks just like mine!

Oh wait..... practically every dressage rider has either black or white saddle pads & boots or wraps and there's a whole lot of bay dressage horses. Well crap, I guess there's a whole ton of people who are copying me!!

Honestly, I can't believe you are wasting time worrying about it. You are ASSUMING that she bought her horse because it looks like yours. You cannot say without a doubt that she didn't look for a horse with a specific set of criteria in mind (conformation, temperament, training) and the one she found that fit those, happened to look like yours. I didn't set out to buy a bay, I looked at greys, blacks, bays, sorrels and the horse that suited me looks like my friend's horse. I am so glad she doesn't have your poor attitude about it, not only was she ecstatic that I bought him, she bought me some tack pieces that are exactly the same as hers because she likes the look and quality of hers and knew I would also.
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    01-13-2012, 09:53 PM
I don't really thing it's copying or flattery. Green is a common color, after all, that looks good on chestnuts....
    01-13-2012, 09:56 PM
Yes it happens to a lot. For instance I was helping a clinician a while back with their horse, they couldn't ride because of altitude sickness, and I had the mane tied in the trellis style and the tail braided at the top and a green navajo blanket under a square skirted saddle and this girl came in seeing me doing a bunch of one handed roll backs and sliding stops tried to copy me. At the next competition she had everything copied to the way the forelock was braided (with 4 instead of 3 groups). She even had her hair done like mine was.

The way I look at it is that they are so impressed or jealous of me that they try to make everything the same as me hoping it makes them look as good but hun its all in talent if they really think having everything the same is going to help them win then they are loco.

Take it as a compliment and ignore them. There really isn't anything you can do about it.
    01-13-2012, 10:01 PM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
I don't really thing it's copying or flattery. Green is a common color, after all, that looks good on chestnuts....
yes true green is a common color for chestnuts However it the color should be based on three things the stable or ranch colors, the owners color and the horses personality. My palo gelding is a very dark green color however the palo paint mare he is kept with is a sapphire. I do think mimicking may be a little bit of an over statement but it sounds pretty close
    01-13-2012, 10:08 PM
I pick my halters based on what I like and what looks good on the horse only....
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