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post #1 of 30 Old 01-12-2014, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Scariest Arena Awards?

What kind of horse eating things do you have around your riding spaces?

I board and ride at a barn that has a neighborhood built around it. Two sides of the arena are literally somebody's backyard fence. The fences are all wooden privacy fences except one which is a normal half size wire fence that is overgrown with plants and stuff but you can see everything in this backyard. These are the most active people with so much stuff in their backyard it is unbelievable There is:

A pet pig (pink potbellied porker, about a year old)

A covered shelter right next to the fence with a boat and a bunch of other stuff stored underneath including this huge umbrella that goes with the boat.

For a while there was a pink tent set up in the yard.

A huge blue blowup pool (floating balls and water toys included) during the summer and for Christmas they got a trampoline with a flapping bright blue cover for the springs which goes crazy in the wind and yes I have been riding when the people come out to jump and scream on the thing.

Automatic sprinklers which my horse and I were fortunate enough to discover for the first time when one of them popped up and started spraying water when we were right by the fence! Scared my horse sideways.

A wooden play fort and swing set, also right next to the fence. One day one of the residents decided to take the swings and flip them over the top while we were going by - yeah....

All of this is worse in the wind and the people have no horse sense when they are out working when we are out riding! They just don't think about it. My gelding works pretty well most of the time but he definitely has his moments when I ask him to be brave going down that side of the arena, especially when the pig is out. Can't really blame him. Good practice for shows? lol

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Hoola hoops, there were four or five of them in the arena and my lesson horse refused to go near them.

One of the other ponies in the paddock next to the arena, this is like an 11hh Shetland and the horse i rode was an almost 17hh thoroughbred.

Then theres the usual leaves that appear in the arena specifically so they can kill the lesson horses.
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post #3 of 30 Old 01-12-2014, 05:18 PM
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You never know what could be hiding under the dreaded jump standard pile.

We have wrens that are totally capable of taking out a full grown horse.

The mounting block has been know to jump out and snarl at horses as they pass by.

Some horses can see spooky ghosts in the mirrors.

And God forbid the big door is open. There are predators just lurking out there, waiting for their chance to strike.
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post #4 of 30 Old 01-12-2014, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah blowing leaves is another one for us too. There are many trees lining the arena so we have a nice layer that will blow around in the wind!

Nicely written QHH lol
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Nothing to add except LOL to this thread. Thanks for the laugh.
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post #6 of 30 Old 01-14-2014, 09:32 AM
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How about a life-sized black & white plastic cow "tied" to the front fence? That got most of the horses that came by, including most of mine-LOL!
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post #7 of 30 Old 01-14-2014, 09:44 AM
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The green folding chair will cause my 3 year old to jump out of his skin about the 17th time we pass it. It's perfectly safe to ignore the first 16 times, of course.
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post #8 of 30 Old 01-14-2014, 10:06 AM
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Pigeons. About 25 of them. A pigeon explosion as we were entering the arena ended with me almost taking a hoof directly to the face and me on the ground with my pants full of snow.

We all know pigeons are world class horse assassins. I can't blame her.

there's also a square patch of sunlight from a broken hole in the roof that is sometimes terrifying. Because, you know. Sun and stuff....
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post #9 of 30 Old 01-14-2014, 10:10 AM
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We have a monster that lives in the corner of our manege - and what makes it really scary is that its totally invisible!!!
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The mounting block- it's always changing its location in the arena and woah...what?! How did it teleport over there from the last time it was in here!? It must be bad it shall eat me!!

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