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post #31 of 119 Old 05-06-2012, 01:02 PM
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Thank you, Saddlebag!

I think it's stupid and rude from the person with knowledge to make a nasty fun of someone without knowledge asking a question. We ALL ask questions that surely surprises other people or may sound silly. In fact there are no stupid questions, there are stupid answers and stupid reaction back.

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After reading the criticisms I think I shall keep my mouth shut tight when I'm around any activity I'm not familiar with. God forbid I should ask what seems like a valid question only to learn later that I asked a really stupid question.
I don't think any of this to be snooty or stuck up; I asked a lot of these "dumb" questions myself when I first started; but hey I look back and laugh at myself a lot too. I'm sure a lot of people thought I was a bit dense considering I didn't even know how to groom a horse five years ago Lord forbid the first time I tried trotting even! Pretty sure every horseman on that farm was facepalming at the time I screamed when the quiet QH I was on went into a nice little trot, back then I swore I was "galloping."

Everyone has their newb moments; and it's funny to hear about some of the things people ask or say... makes me feel a little less out of the norm :p
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So the person who I heard this from is a saddlebred trainer I worked for a couple of months, but the words that came out of his mouth will haunt me forever.

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^^ Tian, I can give you an example. I was asked plenty of times how can I manage to keep horses because they are so expensive. How come that could be a stupid question? People don't know the prices, and even keeping a dog or cat is not very cheap (if you buy good quality food, give all shots, etc.). In fact if you keep a horse in fancy facility around here you better be rich. So the question is perfectly valid IMHO.

BTW, I call anything under 14'2 a pony. Including mini. Even though I know the difference. Simply because I don't see the point why I have to exact: I don't own one, have no plans of owning, and don't really care for them.. Does that make me stupid or not educated? I don't think so, frankly.

I DO see when someone with no knowledge makes indeed a stupid statement. Yeah, that's something different. But not a question.
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Not trying to be rude either, I too have done most of these things as a beginner.
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"Why is that horse blindfolded?" (Looking at a fly mask)

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Okay, those are more funny than stupid. ;P
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I've heard the blindfolded one about fly masks before, usually its kids that ask and need an explanation. Before trail rides we would have the 20+ horses out eat their breakfast in feed bags (the ones you put on their heads) so they could munch while we saddled. Sometimes they weren't done eating by the time people started showing up, so it was not uncommon for me to have to explain to people that the horses were not muzzled to "keep the horses from biting you", those were just bags to hold their yummies
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[QUOTE=Army wife;1487746]"Look at that pony!!!" To a mini...QUOTE]

I call most horses under 14hh ponies, and a lot of the time I even call my 16hh horse a "pony". Doesn't mean I don't know the difference between a pony and a horse, it just means that I'm too lazy to differentiate between the two terms at certain times.
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I once had a friend play with my Pelham. After about 20minutes of playing with it he said "How do you solve it?" he thought it was one of them metal puzzles lol

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