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    09-30-2010, 12:53 AM
"I hate know-it-alls"

So I thought it was amusing when my friend came up to me and went off on a rant about how she HAAATES know-it-alls, because
"some girl told me her horse stopped growing at four when I know for a FACT that they don't stop growing until they're 8!"
I didn't bother pointing out her blunder, because it's not really worth it... but I'm sure you guys have all had 'know it all' moments that you'd like to share and get off your chest?
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    09-30-2010, 01:15 AM
I am trying so hard not to have a 2 page response here!

It is something that drives me crazy about the horse world, I have owned horses for many years, but I am only me and realize I can still learn from people. I feel that admitting you have something to learn is not a weakness or a flaw, and it does not mean that you are incompitent.

However the girls at the barn I am moving out of on Friday are friggin experts on everything. Despite the fact that they are a decade or a lot more younger than me, they know it all.

What is really amusing to watch is when the girl comes in who does know more, and then they all change their advise to match hers. Which is good I suppose as they are learning from her. But it should be presented as such, as in 'I saw xxx do this'.

We have a guy who comes into the barn who breaks horses, and frankly he is amazing. I try to be there when he is, and ask as many questions as I can. I ride English, as do the others at the barn, but this Western guy is wonderful and kind and gets amazing results from the horses, So I try to get everything from him that I can - it doesn't matter that I ride English and he rides Western to me, but to the other girls, he is clueless. Even though he can clip a spooky horse in cross ties and they cannot get her to stand still.

I want to hit people with a humility stick at times, I don't understand the problem. Tiger Woods works with a trainer and we can all learn something.

It is arrogant beyond belief to think we know it all and noone can know better.
    09-30-2010, 01:25 AM
Green Broke
Most deffinately!!!
I know I don't know all and I am always willing to learn new things about horses.
But this past monday I was giving a trail ride and this guy who thinks he is a cowboy insisted that he was stronger then any horse because a horse is weak in the neck I actually argued with him about it and finally he shut up. THEN he had the nerve to tell me he could control my horse in any bit,now keep in mind my horse is considered a greeny and is in 'training' of sorts still, he said that my horse ran him into trees and he mad him run a bunch of laps... I was P.O.ed at that because first off this man should not be taking this horse out on trail rides let alone riding him at all and secondly straight running him is NOT going to fix the problem.
But that is only one of the times I have encountered a know it all haha
I agree smacking them with a humility stick would be nice.
    09-30-2010, 02:40 AM
I don't like know it alls and people who can't admit when there wrong or make excuses.
    09-30-2010, 09:56 AM
I never knew the horse world could be so complicated. I understand that they may have been riding or around horses longer than I have but that certainly doesn't mean they are experts. I haven't had to deal with that personally until recently, I can't imagine how hard it is for some of you to deal with that and with your own horse at that.
    09-30-2010, 11:45 AM
I thought I was an expert when I was a teenager... Then in the last few years it dawned on me how little I really knew.

It makes me thirsty for more knowledge and experience!

The "know it all's" are a little irritating. One of my former 4-H mom's would always say weird things as fact. She also paid someone to come to her house and "read" her horse's minds... and not for the novelty of it, she actually believed it.
    09-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Ptv, animal communicators are all the rage with some folks.

I knew someone who used one, because her horse was a vile, nasty tempered beast and she wanted to know why.

The a.c. Told her he was 'depressed' and she needed to buy him aromatherapy oils to 'soothe' him.

****ed thing wasn't depressed, he was MEAN!

I also KNOW why he was that way; she rarely saw him, and he was so nasty to the other horses and people in the barn, that he rarely got out of his stall.

What he needed was a few Come To Jesus meetings and a whole lot of wet saddle pads, not aromatherapy!
    09-30-2010, 12:02 PM
The most depressing are the "It has to be true because it was on TV / internet". Sadly my father falls into that and I have to fight him on a weekly basis not to fall for various scams all over the internet.

He nearly spent a fortune on buying some supposed revolutionary medicine from an unknown unlicensed doctor , medicine made from..mashed bugs. Luckily the "doctor" was arrested when one of his "patients" ended up in hospital and ONLY after seeing that on TV my father decided not to buy those things.

Honestly, if the same pill is supposed to cure baldness, impotence, cancer, fragile nails, asthma and insomnia, it's usually a scam.
    09-30-2010, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
ptv, animal communicators are all the rage with some folks.

I knew someone who used one, because her horse was a vile, nasty tempered beast and she wanted to know why.

The a.c. Told her he was 'depressed' and she needed to buy him aromatherapy oils to 'soothe' him.

****ed thing wasn't depressed, he was MEAN!

I also KNOW why he was that way; she rarely saw him, and he was so nasty to the other horses and people in the barn, that he rarely got out of his stall.

What he needed was a few Come To Jesus meetings and a whole lot of wet saddle pads, not aromatherapy!
Guess she was looking for any way for it not to be her fault! Crazy people...

4-H mom was told that her daughter's horse didn't like her daughter (they sold the horse and bought a new one) that they enjoyed being on their 3 acre mudlot (one of them died when it got twisted in the barbed wire fence) and that their appaloosa rescue that had bad conformation and stiff akward choppy movement in the hind wanted to be a mother (so they bred her).

I don't remember the other "thoughts", but it was disturbing how impressed 4-H mom was by this.
    09-30-2010, 12:15 PM
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???

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