Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
If someone had been asking me all those questions when I was as sore as you sound, I would have kicked that someone in the knee. I do like that you hit one of your coworkers in the head with a spoon, though. I'm going to have to try that sometime.
I did get quite a few stupid questions after I was thrown from a horse a few weeks ago and severely sprained my ankle (had to be in a walking cast...BAH!). People would ask me what happened and when I'd say "I was bucked off a horse," I would get the inevitable "You got bucked off YOUR horse?!" Ummmmm, did I SAY I got bucked off MY horse? No. I said I got bucked off A horse. MY horse wasn't rideable at the time, which you very well know because I've been complaining for several weeks that the BO wasn't working on breaking him, even though he promised me we'd be on trails in a month. Geez, people!
I was very close to kicking someone. I felt like going into horse-mode and just doing a swift side kick and then looking around like... 'What? What's your problem?' And, Grrrr, it irritates me when people make assumptions when you say something like that. The last time I got kicked people all thought it was my horse that had done it, because A) I got sick of explaining and B) My horse is apparently the ONLY horse at my barn. Who Knew? ;)
Just explain to them, knowledgeably, that riding a horse is working muscles in your body. You are supporting yourself on a moving animal. You are using the largest muscles in your body, your legs. You are sore because it's equivalent to going to the gym and working out for hours. You are using your biceps, abs, gluts, tendons, etc. You are exercising your entire body pretty much. Granted it's not entirely aerobic, it's is EXERCISE, not to mention all the tasks that go along with it like carrying the saddle, picking out a stall, hauling the hay & feed, grooming the horse, sweeping the alley, etc. In the winter, I have to do aerobic & resistence exercise about 6 times a week to stay in shape (ok, I have a high standard of body fitness). When it's riding season, I just do some kickboxing about once or twice a week if that, rest is riding and my fitness level remains high.
I've tried this. I am also a competitive swimmer, and no one gets THAT either. Their main reaction is shock that I would do something that put so much exertion on my body that it would hurt. They, sadly, misunderstand the concept of physicality. I call it head in butt syndrome.
Im sorry your post made me laugh!!! My non horsey friends listen to me go on & on but then I try to snap out of it for them....they don't understand but they support me.
As for your awesome co-workers.... just imagine them riding a horse....lmbo!!!
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I was definitely grinning when I wrote it, and I am glad you got a laugh out of, because I was really just ranting in a silly way. Imagining any of these sillies on a horse just cracks me up, for sure! My non horsey FRIENDS are mostly understanding, my coworkers are the people I was talking about, which at best I'm going to say are 'work-friends' which is a little different and I've given up trying to explain for them, because they always turn it into some dumb joke, which... funny? Sometimes. Irritating? Mostly!
Just ignore them. They sound really, really stupid.
Good for you for thwacking that jerk upside the head with a spoon. I wish I could have seen that.
Thank You!!! It was one of those long iced tea spoons, too, so it had some momentum. The noise it made? PRICELESS.
I don't mind my non-horsie friends and co-workers asking "stupid" questions. How are they to learn and apparantly are interested. We all learned about horses and it began with our first question...I guess I don't get your "rant".
If they were asking questions because they were CURIOUS and wanted to know, I would have NO problem explaining. But, my wonderful coworkers are children in grown ups clothing, whom I love dearly, but are asking merely to fuel their 'work joke' fire. I was just ranting in a silly way, because my guys just can't take anything outside of beer pong seriously. I must be old, I don't even know what beer pong IS.
They find my horsieness silly, frilly and girly, which I usually am NOT and so I think they like to pick on it as a sign of me being more girly than I would normally be. Who knows.