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    06-22-2009, 03:26 PM
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Then he's a poopie barn manager. Do these girls board there or haul in for shows? There needs to be adult supervision and barns... I was a teenager once... I've done some pretty stupid things in my time. I look back now and think... was I stupid and how did I survive.... and then sometimes I am amazed that Pistol is 25 years old. I got him as a 3 year old... and let me tell you, Me and that horse have been to *^&& and back...

I did however listen when people told me I was stupid. Mine was out of ingorance. I've learned a lot over the years... These girls need supervision but it does not sound like they are going to give you any respect or take advice from you so it's time to move up to the next level.... maybe an older rider at the barn? It may be an age thing... OR maybe a boy rider at the barn? Sometimes they listen to boys....
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    06-22-2009, 03:30 PM
They come for shows. Everyone saw them. They were pretty hard to miss. There was NO way their parents DIDN'T see them. I mean EVERYONE saw them and when I say EVERYONE, I mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E did I say that enough? Everyone saw them, but NO ONE did ANYTHING at ALL. I makes me so mad . . .
    06-22-2009, 05:11 PM
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The barn manager should have... or whoever was running the show... they are the ones that would have been liable if they had gotten hurt....
    06-22-2009, 05:18 PM
It really makes me mad when people do stupid things with their horses. I mean galloping in a wet field, racing past other riders with no warning, letting their hot horses guzzle cold water. When people do things like that you gotta say something, even if they don't listen at least you did something about it, and got the thoughts in their heads! I would never put my horse in danger! And I get so mad when others do!! But then again im the type of person who likes horses a lot more then I like people! Lol
    06-22-2009, 11:32 PM
Racing your horses is not evil.
Letting your horses have a drink, even when hot, is not evil.

It sounds to me like these girls either have bad manners, or don't understand riding ettiquette very well. I don't think it is as horrible and shameful as you are thinking.

I race my horse/gallop flat out on nearly every trail ride. They love it, it's fun, it helps increase their fitness, it helps them blow off steam... All good things in my book. And yes, GASP, i've even galloped in mud. The cow that's making for the gate at a hundred miles an hour doesn't stop to think about how slippery the mud is, you just get in frotn and turn it. Never has my horse slipped on me because of it. It is NOT going to kill me horse. If my horse is thirsty, they get to drink. They don't drink icy water, they don't drink gallons, but if i'm riding all day in hot weather and doing a lot of galloping, its cruel NOT to let them drink.

Now. That being said, it is rude and bad manners to race up behind someone. It is an unspoken rule of the horse world that you treat every unknown rider as a begginer, which means being considerate.

Drinking large amounts of water... Where their horses hot and sweaty? Did they just stop after they let them drink and stand? If the answer to these questions is no, then it really isn't a disaster. I let me horses drink when hot and sweaty, and all I do is make sure to keep them walking for a few minutes afterward, then continue on my ride. Never had a problem.
    06-23-2009, 03:29 PM
In my opinion, it is far worse than rude or bad manners to race up behind someone. It's dangerous. You never know when that person's horse is going to freak out or decide to join the race.

Racing horses is not evil, and letting them drink is not evil. Being dangerous around horses and people you don't know kind of IS.
    06-23-2009, 03:34 PM
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.

I did endurance for many years. As I mentioned - as long as the water is not ice cold. Horses NEED to drink.
    06-23-2009, 03:35 PM
Well said wild_spot.

Yeah, they were probably dumb kids but theres not much you can accomplish by talking to them. Talk to your BO or whoever is running the show.

My horse gets water after a barrel run or, like mls said, an endurance race. They need to stay hydrated. No I don't give him gallons of ice water, but he gets water (Even if he has just run hard).

I have galloped in mud and rainy pastures. I ride in a shanked bit and western saddle. These are not the causes for "evil".

Their problem sounds like just lack of etiquette and ignorance. Telling them that they are "OMG KILLING THEIR HORSE AND EVIL" isn't going to accomplish much but pissing them off.
    06-23-2009, 03:49 PM
I think what the girls did was selfish and mean to their poor horses,i don't think they know one thing about horse care...or riding for that matter.
    06-23-2009, 03:51 PM
Ignorance doesn't equal mean or evil though.

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