Okay, on to the rant.
So, the lady who owns the mare that threw me (we'll call her "S") has been annoying the heck out of me (and everyone else, really).
She will ask you about something and then COMPLETELY ignore what you say and do whatever she wants anyway or do the complete opposite. Okay, I can deal with that. It's her prerogative to do that.
What really gets me is what happened yesterday. There were two separate incidents and I'll describe them in chronological order.
The first incident, I was talking to an overnight boarder who was tacking up her mule to go on a ride. We were standing there chatting amicably about all the disciplines her mule is trained in and up walks S with her mare. She starts talking to the overnighter right over the top of me like I'm not even there. I said "Excuse me, we were having a conversation here" and she says "Oh, that's nice." And just kept on talking. Okay, fine. Whatever. So, she's standing there blathering away about this $1200 saddle she wants to buy (that no one around our barn has ever heard of the brand) and her mare starts eating the weeds/grass. After about ten minutes, she notices that the mare is eating the weeds and starts flipping out. I am being literal here. She starts trying to pry the mare's mouth open and says "Oh no. Gypsy, don't eat that. That's icky! Spit it out!" in a high-pitched baby voice (which annoys the crap out of me anyway!). I told her to just leave the mare alone since she already had it in her mouth, it wasn't going to come out again, but she just ignored me and kept trying to pry the mare's front teeth apart and lightly tapping her on the nose, like you would a dog that ate something it shouldn't have. So, I gave up.
That wasn't the worst, though.
A little later, I was cleaning Aires' hooves (she still can't pick up her mare's feet yet...she literally doesn't know how) and Aires tried to pull his hoof out of my hand and kick me. So, I did what I always do. I dropped his hoof, straightened up, smacked him on the flank (not incredibly hard, but I can guarantee he felt it) and said "Stop being a dick!" I've done the same thing a dozen times when he's being an idiot. S asked me if I'd hit him before like that and I said yes, that in fact I full-on close-fisted hit him in the chest when he latched onto my forearm when I first got him. So, I go to pick up Aires' front right hoof and she says "I would *never* hit my horse! That's just cruel and you can hurt them so bad by doing that!" I couldn't believe my ears. I straightened up and laid into her about how you're dealing with a 1200lbs animal that can crush you like a fly and if they don't respect you, you're going to get seriously hurt or killed. I told her that if smacking my horse on the flank, which he hardly feels anyway (and demonstrated by smacking him on the shoulder...he just looked around at me like "What was that for?!"), will gain me his respect, then so be it. I also told her that horses kick each other in PLAY a heck of a lot harder than even a grown man could hit a horse, so smacking them like I smacked Aires was NOTHING to them. I ended with telling her because she isn't willing to reprimand her horse and be the alpha mare, her horse is walking all over her and she's going to get seriously hurt or even killed. To top it all off, I added "And I'm sorry if my handing in my membership card to the 'unicorn farts and rainbow spit' club makes me a bad horse owner in your eyes, then so be it. At least my horse respects me." Okay, so I maybe was a little harsh with her, but you have no idea how DONE with her BS I am.
So anyway, I found out today that she went to our trainer and asked her if she'd ever beat Rex (the trainer's horse). The trainer had no idea what S was talking about at the time, so she mentioned it to my friend who boards at the same barn and my friend told her what had happened (I had texted her and told her EVERYTHING that happened). Luckily, the trainer and I are pretty good friends and she completely sides with me.
Anyway, I just needed to vent this. I am so done with this lady. I'm not going to talk to her anymore, I'm not even going to acknowledge her. May be a bit harsh, but frankly, if she's going to make me out to be a horse abuser just because I reprimanded my horse, then I want nothing to do with her.
If you finished this (and don't think I'm a horrible person for the way I reacted), have yourself a big ol' cookie on me!