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        03-13-2013, 04:11 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    My neighbors were telling me that I should really try "real riding" AKA Western. I asked if they'd like to give English a go and was told heck no, they'd fall right out of that slippery saddle.

    Oook... so I'm not really "riding" but yet I can stay in a slippery saddle?

    Or when my sister was going on and on about pretentious "Eastern" riding.... took me a while to figure out the moron meant English!
         
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        03-13-2013, 04:13 PM
      #22
    Trained
    That they were crazy Ay-rabs.

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        03-13-2013, 04:19 PM
      #23
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
    wow really? That's dumb. I used to get made fun of constantly at my old stable for riding English. They told me I'm a pansy and that only pansies ride English. I asked them if they could do it and they said no because the saddles look uncomfortable. I've come to the conclusion that they won't leave the comfort of a western saddle. And they suck at riding.
    This is the same guy who asked me how much Aires bucked when we broke him out. When I said that he didn't buck at all, he said "Well, if he didn't buck, he ain't broke. Give me a couple hours with him. I'll get him to buck out and then he'll be broke."

    Ummmmmm...no.

    Sad thing is, this guy is way younger than me (I'm 30 and he's 20). He tried to get me to board at his house, too, but when I asked what he feeds (alfalfa or bermuda), he just looked at me and said "My horses get a scoop of sweet feed morning and night and graze all day." Come to find out, he's only got a one acre field for the horses to graze (and our grass here is pretty crappy). *facepalm* I told him thanks, but no, and walked away.
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        03-13-2013, 04:20 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    I was told by a "horsey person" that I should put my mare in the harshest shanked bit that I could find because she bolted on me. After working with a natural horsemanship trainer I rode her in a halter
         
        03-13-2013, 04:24 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    A few years back, after a really bad fall off a horse (not mine) I was told by a visiting something star parelli guy that if I did things his way I wouldn't have fallen....

    3 months later he was hospitalized with a broken leg after his whatever star trained horse thought he'd like to get a bit closer to the road :) Can't say I didn't laugh to myself.. just a teeny bit :)
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        03-13-2013, 04:32 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I was told my mare has 15.2hh when I tried her out. Thank goodness I didn't really care about height because I can't tape her any higher than 14.3 hh. The old owner still swears up and down she's 15.2 though.

    That I didn't need to worry about which western saddle I use because they just fit any horse. That I put the rear cinch on too loose that is should be tight as or tighter than the front cinch! The throatlatch of a bridle is suppose to be really tight.
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        03-13-2013, 04:32 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I had someone tell me I was training my foal wrong and that she would get all sour because of it. Well she turned out great and had the manners of an angel; now this person has a foal that is so rude and has so few manners that he is going to need some serious work before she can even think of training him to ride. Talk about completely needing retraining..
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        03-13-2013, 04:33 PM
      #28
    Foal
    A girl in my 4h group told me that my gelding was never going to be a usable speed horse becus he was originally trained for western pleasure. Yeah........... he is now running barrels at 17.3 sec. And is involved in cow sorting. My reply to brandi when she first told me that my gelding wasnt going to be a speed horse was "well if he belong to you he wouldnt be becus you wouldnt put the effort into training him for it"(all her horsss are pretrained before she buys them and if she doesnt like the way they are trained she sells them and buys another, basically a horse trader is what she does) and now that he is competeing in speed at shows brandi hardly talks to me and she no longer comments about my horses :)
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        03-13-2013, 04:34 PM
      #29
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    I was told that I am abusive because I spun my trainee mare around on her haunches and backed her up HARD after she aimed her butt at me and backed up. Apparently I'm supposed to 'explain' to her what I'm going to do first and reward her for every single half-way good mannered thing she does so she doesn't have a bad experience.

    Treats are the only way to go. A horse with no reward will not love or trust you and since animals think with their stomachs, I should be giving my mini mare a carrot or some sweet feed each time she does something right. Uh, no. My mare thinks with her brain and reacts with her body. I encourage her to use her brain more by making fast reactions where she doesnt think mentally uncomfortable, and doing the right thing easy and a fast way to feel comfortable. She'll back up if I point my finger at her and tell her 'back' or sidepass when I touch both her shoulder and barrel while on the ground, but the second I bring out the treats she stops paying attention to my body language.

    My almost-5 year old mare is obviously a baby and shouldn't be working or messed with because she's only "two feet" tall.
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        03-13-2013, 04:42 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Obvisouly these people don't realize she's a mini..
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