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        06-22-2009, 01:27 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Angry Someone please tell me that this is not OK!

    Ok, so my barn does 5 barn shows a year. They get progressively bigger and bigger as the months go by and by the end they have giant blow up things and petting zoos and stuff but anyway. My friend Regina and I were at the barn watching the hunter/jumper class when we see these 3 girls on their horses galloping in the pasture (the show as in the outdoor arena and there is a HUGE pasture were everyone watches and warms up).

    First of all, it had just POURED the night before I mean, you were fine at a trot and a very slow lope in the pasture, but these girls were flat out GALLOPING like sprinting. Turns out they were racing their horses up and down the pasture.

    The girl that was the worst had and arabian in a western saddle and Regina identified the bits as one of those bits that pushes up into the roof of the horses mouth for an arched neck and a pretty trot (that's all she said, but the bit and a freaking LONG shank) And when they got to the end of the fence, they would YANK on their horse's mouths! The arabian started rearing from pain and fear.

    We were like WHAT? So we went up to those girls and told them what we thought. The girl on the Arabian said that she couldn't STOP her horse, so it was perfectly OK for her to yank on the arabian's mouth. We were like THEN WHY ARE YOU RACING!? And they were seriously like Duhhh... with that expression of Huh? on their faces.

    So Regina and I decided to lope the horses slowly along the fence. She wasn't on her horse, she was on a horse the barn manager said she could ride (they were thinking about buying him at the time) and he'll get excited and either buck or balk. Name is Squeaky.

    So as we were loping, the girls raced REALLY close by us, and Squeaky bucked like 4 times and Regina falls off.

    We went up again and were like There's a pasture bigger than this one, 3 steps away, with NO ONE in it, why don't you go it there!? They never did.

    On top of all of that, they beat their horses to make them go faster, then yanked hard to make them stop, barrel raced AND polebended them afterwards (when it started raining) , AND LET THEM DRINK ALL THE WATER THEY WANTED when after galloping them and before barrel racing and polebending them.

    They seriously galloped them about 10 or 11 times around this huge pasture. I thought I was going to snap and kill them. Like, take their crops and beat them to death. I was SO MAD!
         
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        06-22-2009, 01:34 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    UGH! People like this piss me off royally!

    At least you tried to do something! Hopefully someday they'll get a taste of there own medicine. Like when there horses all die of colicing(sp?) because they don't properly warm up, or cool down there horses. ERGGG!!!
    Its so frustrating, when you KNOW there is nothing you can do to help the horse.

    There is a girl that lives around me, who does a lot of showing, and she does this SAME thing with her horse! And and and.. her horse bleeds out of his noes because of it. At least these horses in your situation were not that bad. But probably will be in the near future.
         
        06-22-2009, 01:36 PM
      #3
    mls
    Trained
    Your decision to ride out there when you clearly saw the girls running. You really can't place blame on them for your friend falling off.

    As far as the water - horses need to drink. As long as it's not ice cold water, it's fine.
         
        06-22-2009, 01:41 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Mls You can't let horses drink water right after they've run SO FREAKING HARD like that! They can colic and die from it. It creates a whole bunch of problems.

    We rode away from them, on the rail, at a slow lope and they came racing by (Literally racing eachother) right next to us and Squeaky started bucking. There were tents and people and children at the bottom of the pasture. The girls were freaking the heck out of everyone else.

    You just don't DO that.
         
        06-22-2009, 01:43 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    BTW that was the warm up pasture for everyone else getting ready to go into the show ring. There was a far bigger pasture where no one else was right next to this one (but everyone who wanted to show used this one as it was connected to the arena)

    That pasture was public for everyone to use and it was not fair for them to do that.
         
        06-22-2009, 01:47 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    Your decision to ride out there when you clearly saw the girls running. You really can't place blame on them for your friend falling off.

    As far as the water - horses need to drink. As long as it's not ice cold water, it's fine.
    Definitely NOT true! You can not let your horse drink right after or before a hard workout. They need to be very well cooled down before they drink anything or eat anything. It will cause them to colic so quick and cause many problems!!!
         
        06-22-2009, 01:49 PM
      #7
    Super Moderator
    I wouldnt have gone out there knowing those girls were racing around like that. As for their behavior, if they owned the horses, no matter how awful it may seem, it was their decision to ride the way they rode. I would think that if anyone were going to correct them for their choices, it would be the barn manager as they make the rules.

    I know it seems awful but all you can do, is offer sound advice and let them make there own choices. As for the water. I let mine drink when they are hot, not guzzle gallons and definitely not super cold, but I do usually walk them to cool them before giving them drinks... course it has been YEARS since I have run around and raced a horse.... I'm too cautious anymore.....
         
        06-22-2009, 01:58 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    The water was cold. They let them drink all they wanted! Regina and I sat their and watched them drink for a LONG time. Oh, so the horse world is too proper to tell someone what they are doing seriously wrong that hurts and can potentially kill their horses? Oh, so it's rude to give advice to people if they don't ask? Well I really don't care if people think I'm nice or not when it comes to the well being of that horse and the well being of both of those horses (especially the arabian) were being threatned.

    People were supposed to ride in that arena to get their horses warmed up and ready for the classes. There was no where else to do it and make it on time to the classes.
         
        06-22-2009, 01:59 PM
      #9
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpiritJordanRivers    
    mls You can't let horses drink water right after they've run SO FREAKING HARD like that! They can colic and die from it. It creates a whole bunch of problems.

    We rode away from them, on the rail, at a slow lope and they came racing by (Literally racing eachother) right next to us and Squeaky started bucking. There were tents and people and children at the bottom of the pasture. The girls were freaking the heck out of everyone else.

    You just don't DO that.
    Thats a big no-no in my books and just about any other sane horse persons. You don't come racing up from behind. If you do, give a shout out to the people you are approaching. "Passing on the left/right" that's what we do. That has happened to me so I know how angry it can make you. I don't hear that well when out in the wind\wild. I don't always hear a horses footfalls from behind.
         
        06-22-2009, 02:00 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I'm seriously not trying to be rude but I'm sorry and forgive me if I sound rude.

    I'm just saying that the "oh well it's her horse," doesn't cut it for me.
         

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