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.
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???