When Poco was still a stallion I was boarding him and it was farrier day. We brought all 7 horses in the barn (him, 2 geldings, and 4 mares). Poco was the last horse to be done and had eaten quietly in his stall the entire time with mares all around.
The farrier finished 2 of his hooves and was mid discussion picking up the back hoof when he looked up and realized Poco was a stud. He dropped the hoof, JUMPED AWAY, and demanded I put him on a war bridle, stud chain, or twitch. He also demanded all other horses were taken out of the barn and told me his fee was doubled since it was a stallion. Because all stallions are immensely dangerous and untrustworthy. Mind you Poco stood quietly and half asleep the entire time and never moved an inch.
The farrier was fired on the spot. Posted via Mobile Device
I've got one woman at my barn that takes everything her riding instuctor (who is a class act herself!) says and spews it back out.
To this day, she has said that Friesians are only good for driving a cart, and that none of them should do dressage.
She leases a 20 year old warmblood mare, and talked about buying a younger (10ish) warmblood someday, but complained that the price would be around $16,000. I'm in dressage training with my tall quarter horse mare. She had the audacity to say to my face something like, "Well, I wish I could find a cheap quarter horse, that moved correctly, to buy up and do dressage. But they only do well in the lower levels anyway."
My mare was shown extensively by her previous owner (a woman in her late 20's, so it wasn't 4H or anything), and has won the title of Champion Western Pleasure mare many a time. She had lots of trophies and pictures to prove it. AND she can walk off the lot and go down the road without freaking out! Something that her warmblood can't even contemplate. This same woman keeps trying to say that my mare must be an appendix quarter horse, since she's so tall. I practically have to shove her papers in front of her to show that she's foundation bred, throughout the entire line.
Oh well! To each their own, I guess.
I also visited with the barn owner about bringing another horse to board. They asked what breed, and I said, "Saddlebred." They looked worried and said, "Saddlebred! I've heard they're pretty hot!" I couldn't help it! I busted out laughing! Yeah, George is hot alright! About as hot as a firefly fart lit up by a candle! LOL!
I was riding a horse at a barn up the road that some friends had just got. They were Mexican, and they had the authentic saddle and bridle. The horse had been worked quite a bit that day so I walked him a few laps before having a go at trotting and cantering. When I was started trotting I started to post, and I got some strange looks. I actually heard the BO explaining to the horse's owner what I was doing. I honestly think the horse would have given me the same look if it could have! But the saddle had a huge horn, about the size of a dinner plate, and I occasionally hit my pelvis on it and that was not pleasant. The BO and I were the only two who actually got the horse to trot, everyone else cowboy'd it into a bouncy walk. That horse definitely had some trot, so I opted for posting.
Massage therapist told me that Ronan has lots of toxins in his system, and she knew this based on her hands being filthy after the massage. Um. No, he just hasn't been on the business end if a hose lately.... And if there were toxins, probably from the gallons of fly spray I use on Mr Sensitive. Posted via Mobile Device
I had a woman tell me that my horse who was standing still was going to kick because his hind end was "engaged".
I had a dressage instructor when I was 16 tell me that if I wanted a career in horses I was going to have to get more serious about my riding. Which to her meant less goofing off, going on trails or jumping and riding more then three days a week. That was the last lesson I ever had with her. A career in horses was the last thing my parents wanted. I split the difference and cowboyed for a few years.
I had someone tell me that my steady eddy trail horse was "dangerous" and "going to kill someone" and that we should sell her to the next person who marched down the road.
My horse has a really straight shoulder and her scapula is set a little further back than most horses, so her saddle is a little further back. If it was in the "normal" spot it would be right on top of her shoulder. I can't tell you how many people have TOLD me (not politely mentioned or asked about) that it is too far back.
Without fail, every time I tell someone that my horse doesn't like apples they try to feed him an apple. And every time he will either not take it or will mouth a piece and then spit it out. Somehow *I* am the crazy one as "every horse ever loves apples!" and no.
But of course, a barn owner/manager will always know more about my horses than I do even though i've had them for 9, 7 and 2 years (the last being a coming 3 year old) so clearly I shouldn't be making any management decisions on my own as to their care. I'VE HAD THEM AT HOME UP UNTIL THE LAST 4-6 MONTHS. Oye - I think I know how to care for them. *headdesk*
Told to me by a previous boarder. "You can't brush a horse with a winter coat or you will make him shed out the winter coat."
Same person talking to daughter when obviously speaking about my horse right next to him, "It's to early to put their blankets on, you don't want to ruin the winter coat." It was late December and -30 outside with 20mph winds, yeap still to early for a blanket, wonder when a good time would be, march?