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post #1 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Someone teach that kid WHOA!

Area is starting up little saddle club, NW MO State Fair is held here, so the Fair board has said they will do all sorts of things, if we get the interest???

Anyway, and tell me please if any of you think I'm wrong, an old stick in the mud, or just a witch on wheels please, not that it will do any good, of course. That's sarcasm, by the way, as most of you don't know me well.

Anyway, background on me. 56, own 3 horses, grew up with Saddlebreds, have worked them, TWH, Racking Horses, Quarter Horses of several disciplines, TB's. Been doing this off and on all my life, mostly on. I was well raised around horses, and have seen enough to always look for WCS, or worst case scenarios in situations. I own 3 horses, 2 of which I ride, latest is WP bred horse, that was shown too. Nice horses to have, both of them.

That said.

This saddle club is still in formative stage. Only had 3 meetings, one was to get it going, second was canceled due to rain, so secondary second one was held, everyone brought horses to ride at the makeshift, freshly plowed up arena. Not smooth ground, just big clods. 3rd was organizing meeting.

This Sunday will be 4th one. It is supposed to be riding meeting too.

As can be expected, we have mix of riders, some ropers, some can chasers, some headers/heelers, some just horses, some using horses with cattle, my WP horse and my older gelding. A couple of them just want to trail ride, as I do. And varying levels of horses in terms of training.

One man brought his son, 9 or so??? Had him on a horse that the kid spent almost the whole 2 hours screaming YAW at, and running horse wide open, generally at any of us that he could aim for. Couldn't reach stirrups and had reins held like plow lines, and just ran poor horse in the arena, and outside it too. He didn't seem to grasp anything at all about how to act around group of people on horses, nor did his father try to "rein" him in, or slow him down.

I also was disturbed by fact that there was so much going on, when some of us were just riding around ring, and the ground was so badly uneven. Some were trying to barrel race in the arena, others were doing roping style runs, and the kid in the middle of it.

I guess I just had in mind a more sedate group, or at least one that understood some ring etiquette? Or common sense?

I was standing by my older gelding, letting Gloria ride Baby Huey, and kid came barreling up behind me. I told him "you need to stop doing that, you're going to get your horse kicked running up into another horse."

If you were just standing, kid would barrel in between all of us, wide open, coming in or going out of gate? Same thing.

So, am I justified in being unhappy or just too darn picky???

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 08:14 PM
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If no one was going to correct the father or even the rest of the riders in the "ring" then that would tell me what the club was going to be like and that would be the last meeting I ever went to.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 08:33 PM
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speak to the father. I would be pissed too.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 08:40 PM
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Maybe at your next sitting meeting you should post a list of "ring etiquette" and talk about it openly with the other people, let them express their concerns and your concerns.

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I would say the group is off to a unorganized start. And an accident waiting to happen. I think OH VAIR is right post a poster board with riding
etiquette rules etc. and talk about them in a group. If that dont work I would move on to a better club or maybe start your own up.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 08:58 PM
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What OVO said, but I would call them rules, not just etiquette. Plus post it everywhere and repeat them at every meeting. If the list is too confusing or long to repeat at every meeting, then pick a few at every meeting to review and remind everyone to read the posted rules. Determine and state the consequences of breaking the rules as well, before it comes into question.
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Posting ring etiquette rules obviously isn't going to do squat for this kid if he and his father are already disregarding your attempts to keep him safe. I think the adults heading this organizations need to come together and be willing to enforce those rules. Without parents and adults enforcing the rules and disciplining kids when they disregard them, you're not going to see a change.
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I agree with other posters. I'd have been pretty irked and most likely wouldn't go back. In addition to that, having riders in the group that are that reckless is a major liability.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama View Post
What OVO said, but I would call them rules, not just etiquette. Plus post it everywhere and repeat them at every meeting. If the list is too confusing or long to repeat at every meeting, then pick a few at every meeting to review and remind everyone to read the posted rules. Determine and state the consequences of breaking the rules as well, before it comes into question.
LOL - I did a serious double-take when I read your post, NM, because "OVO" is the agency I work with and I was really confused for a minute

OP - I am in absolute agreement with the above - someone needs to speak up, loud and clear. Any failure for addressing the issue and follow-through if/when things are ignored would result in me finding a different, more enjoyable, riding opportunity.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-02-2012, 09:48 PM
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I think you first need to establish the direction you want to go with the club. I personally think that these rides need to be a bit more organized and planned rather than everybody doing what ever.

Since you have all walks of life in this, plan barrel racing for Monday's meet, plan Wednesdays meet for roping, rent some cows for one meet. I think it would be great to expose everyone to different events in a nonjudgemental environment. If a ride gets rained out plan a fun trivia game for inside. Really the possibilities are endless.

Do include the rules during a meeting. Also include that you get X number of warnings (and get written up) before disciplinary action is taken. Either they can't come to the next meeting or no more at all.
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