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    03-13-2013, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by EliRose    
This crazy old guy that sometimes takes lessons at my barn thought Parker was pregnant . . . He said his sheath was an udder . . .
Ooooh! That's a good one - maybe he's been dipping into the cooking sherry? Haha :)
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    03-13-2013, 09:24 PM
Very likely, haha! He really is a very odd, creepy man, he has been banned from the farm several times. I don't like that he was eying my boy . . . O.O
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    03-13-2013, 09:54 PM
I had a lady tell me that my mare had to be a Draft cross. Liz is a 15.1 hand Morgan. She may not be the more delicate new style, but she's super narrow and looks nothing like a draft!

The same lady insisted that Lizzie's a palomino. She's a dark liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.

I've also had tons of people try to convince me to retire her. Just because she's ancient, doesn't mean she doesn't need exercise and a job! One of the times a random stranger told me to retire Liz after finding out how old she is, the vet was there. The vet promptly butted in and said that if I were to retire her, Liz would go downhill fast and that I shouldn't even consider retiring her anytime soon

There are some crazy know-it-alls out there!
    03-13-2013, 09:57 PM
I had some lady come up to me after a race at state mounted games, telling me I was kicking my horse and pulling the reins at the same time to make him rear.

Thing is at the state event, the steward holds a nice big red flag up then drops it to signal the start of the race. I was first rider, and the steward was right in front of me. My horse being the ever alert man he is, saw it go up, immediately dropped his hindquaters, lifted his front legs off the ground, bounced a little, and jumped straight into a speedy gonzalous canter as soon as it went down. All without me touching him, hands included.

Other horses and ponies did the same, but it was me who was blamed for the horse knowing his job.
    03-13-2013, 10:09 PM
When I went to horse camp, they gave me the 3-4 yo, fresh off the track thoroughbred, and then almost kicked me out when I couldn't restrain her. Did I mention I was 8, barely came up to her belly and had never ridden before?

About the feminine issue...I've been chased and almost mounted by mares over that. Might have just been her playing, but I couldn't make it over the fence and had to lean against the post while she realized she had girlie bits....same thing happened with two other geldings before I had them convinced I am not one of 'their' mares.

One of my 'peers' told me to shoot all the horses and 'feed them to the grass' or feed them 'horsemeat' because that's basically what feeding them grass was....same people told me to rip my geckos tail off and feed it to him...then feed him to a bird.
    03-13-2013, 10:25 PM
Had an old cowboy tell me not to geld my colt before he was 2 because it would give him a ewe neck!
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    03-13-2013, 10:30 PM
Green Broke
Many trainers have tried to convince me that my pony is insane and that I should sell her. Well, one of said trainers got her butt beat by my "crazy" pony. Take that!

A vet told me Grace should never be jumped again because...oh right, he had no reasoning. Probable jealous of my Gracie!
    03-13-2013, 11:12 PM
Ah jeez, lets see.

I had a vet a vet look at my horse for a couple minutes, and immediately try to convince me that she had cancer, and would be dead in six months. She's still kicking a couple years later!

I had a trainer try to convince me to sell my little POA mare, because she would "never be a good pony". I think she just had no clue what to do with the mare, so she decided to try and convince us to get a made horse instead. We left her, and now I am constantly getting people trying to buy the pony off me.

I was riding a very green pony in a lesson once, and I had the trainer try to convince me to put a tie down on her. I've also been told, by various people, to put a tie down on my then green horse, who had a head tossing issue.

I had the same trainer try to make me raise the bit on a different pony, because it wasn't creating any wrinkles. Even after I informed her that the pony had some issues with pressure, and went best with a lower bit.

We had somebody out to work with our filly a couple years ago, and her 4yr old son tagged along. Somehow, being a teenage girl, I always seem to be the one put in charge of entertaining small children, so he was following me around the barn. I got a little 12hh pony out to work, and we started talking about her. He informed me that she was not a real pony, because she was missing body parts. It took me a minute to figure out what he was talking about, he was referring to her trace clip
    03-13-2013, 11:54 PM
Oooo! I have another one;

I went to a clinic with a decently known clinician in this area. My gelding is green, and I want to make sure he stays in check. She would have us mindlessly trotting/walking around the arena, and periodically I would ask him to stop and back up when she was helping someone else just so he knew life wasn't mindless circles. She knew that I fell off him a few times and was convinced I was petrified. I was actually very confident that day, but the way she tried to 'calm me' would probably have made the situation worse for someone who was actually nervous.

Make a long story short, she told me that I needed to keep my reins tight so he didn't have time to think about other things and I shouldn't let him make any decisions. This clinic was geared towards western pleasure, and she kept insisting I hold my horse's head up and drag on his face. No thanks. She kept coming up to me telling me it was okay to be nervous, and I just have to hold him tighter.
    03-14-2013, 01:42 AM
Oh dear... Well, owning an OTTB with a quirky personality and riding english in a community full of barrel racers is interesting to say the least. I've heard all kinds of things...

Thoroughbreds never make good pleasure horses because they will never forget their racing careers and will always be crazy.
Thoroughbreds are known for bullying other horses.
All thoroughbreds have horrible hooves, they will never be able to go barefoot, and to even attempt it is cruelty.
A bridle with a nose band is torture for a horse.
Snaffle bits break horse's teeth.
Natural horsemanship means you ride only in a western saddle with a hackamore or a side pull.

I've learned to just smile and nod when people feel the need to share their infinite wisdom with me. How did I ever end up with such a sweet, loyal, happy, healthy horse without all of their keen advice?!

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