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post #21 of 24 Old 02-07-2013, 11:44 AM
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Agree with the rest, and honestly-you might want to examine why you are still so obsessed with this incident 2 years later. To me that is an issue. You should have been able to move on by now.
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post #22 of 24 Old 02-07-2013, 12:37 PM
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A stable is like a business. Sounds like you were a loiterer and they were looking for an excuse to get you out.

Honestly, I would never want strangers hanging around my barn, "bonding" with my horse - (or teaching my horse bad habits, like learning to bite you). That's just bizarre.

A barn isn't a place you can go into and cuddle with everyone's animals. That's a petting zoo. These are people's personal property that you were messing with, their investments, their horses in training, etc. They are not yours to bond with.



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post #23 of 24 Old 02-07-2013, 06:14 PM
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Thank all of you for the thoughtful and patient replies I have received.

One person in particular said I should use my entrepreneurial skills to find other barns. I think that's a real eye opener, because I have been looking for other barns, but there seems to be nothing. I guess now the only thing left to do is keep trying - and harder this time. I guess I'll let all of you know how that goes, but I'll more than likely have to find someplace outside my community. (That should not be a problem. )

One of you asked me why I'm so fascinated with this particular place that I want(ed) to go back to. I think the only answer to that is that it just felt looser and more laid back. Everywhere else is so strict.

Regardless, I think all of you are right. My take on it now is, even if I could go back, I probably wouldn't want to.

I'll keep you posted!
I am also very confused on what you were actually doing at the farm. If you were just wanted to hang out and bond with the horses, I can definitely understand the other farms being "strict". They don't want some random (nice or not) messing with and potentially harming their horses. You wouldn't walk into a doggie daycare and just start playing with the dogs, would you?

I highly recommend finding a farm and doing a half-lease with lessons. That way you can bond with a specific horse while improving your skills, and it will put your name out there in a GOOD light.

Or, you could always try and find a local horse rescue to volunteer with

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Did you have permission to 'pet on' and make contact with these individual horses? If not, you had no business messing with other people's horses. When I had a big training barn and trained for the public, I had a barn full of show horses and horses in training. I wanted them to be able to hang their heads out over the door, but I did not want people petting them or messing with them. They had a job and I did not want people interacting with them that did not know what they were doing.

I had a sign in my barn that read: "Please do not pet or feed the horses!"
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