Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Just this past weekend I encountered one of these people. I'm very lucky in the sense that most (if not all) of the people that I ride with know more than I do. They've also got at least 10 - 30 years of experience on me. But, getting back to my point, Rook loses his mind if another horse takes off in front of him (we are working on this in open fields...just not on the trail yet). This guy was fully aware of this the last time he and his wife rode with us. He and 3 other people were in front of me on one of our rides, and he would hold back off of the first two horses, which would in turn make his wife hold back, then take off at full speed to catch up. Rook got upset, which upset me, and I finally had to yell ahead to get them to stop for a little bit. One of the other riders offered me an "adult beverage", and I had to get off of him to calm myself and him down. He made a snide remark at that time, then again when we were sitting around the campfire. I finally stood up, looked at him, and said, "Listen you *not so nice name", you get up on my horse and I'll get on yours and we'll see how you controll him." He then proceeded to tell me that his horse is green. Well, this is his first horse...only the second horse he has ridden in his life. AND, he's only owned and been riding for 2 years...the first was a head to tail, walk-only trail ride that they had to pay for. Oh how I wish he'd taken me up on my offer. I would have loved to have seen him trying to control my big guy over his little 14.2 guy. Especially with Rook having to be nudged a little with the spurs in order to get him in his gait. He would have been on a very large boy losing his mind, dancing around sideways, and then trying to pace off to catch up. He might have changed his attitude a little bit.
Could my Rook be considered the humility stick in this case???
Honary "HFA" member...That's right, I'm admitting it!
BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!