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    05-06-2012, 04:57 PM
  #41
Foal
Haha I was talking to a friend who's aunt was down here in the south from New York. I was like 'I want a pony' and she goes 'but then it would grow up into a horse' and after me standing there for a minute trying to figure out if she was joking or not tried to explain it and then she's like 'well I want one of those dwarf horses' dwarf horses!!! Still laughing about it now and it happened two days ago.
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    05-06-2012, 05:08 PM
  #42
Yearling
Funny thread!!

Some I've heard:

"So what, it's just a horse" (when I tell them of an injury)

"Why do you take lessons? Don't you know how to ride?"

"Oh is it a Black Stallion? They are the prettiest." (when I tell them I have a grey draft cross)

"I don't need lessions, I rode a horse once before when I was 5 yrs old."

"Why do they have a bandage on, are they hurt?" (when my horses are seen with a blanket on)

"Horses stink"
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    05-06-2012, 05:10 PM
  #43
Foal
I love the "You can never ever walk behind a horse"

My little brother asked one day if something was wrong with my horse's eyes. (I was putting on a fly mask). Haha he actually made me LOL
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    05-06-2012, 07:22 PM
  #44
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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.
First of all, I'm going to agree with this. I treat all non-horsey people that have questions (that may seem silly to me at first, but then I remind myself that I've been riding/owning horses for a while now, and I'm sure I asked many of the same silly questions back when I was a newbie) with as much patience and respect as I can. Sometimes people just want to learn and honestly don't know. Yes, there are always the questions that make me stop for a second and think to myself "....really?", but I shake it off and try to break things down and explain them as non-horse-person-friendly as I can. I take great enjoyment in explaining anything and everything horse to anyone who will listen though, so idk. :P

Anyways. This example I have isn't as much of a silly thought or question as much as it is honestly a really incredibly stupid action (with a bit of awesome input from Beau thrown in) from non-horsey people who also happened to be intoxicated. :|

Long story short, my friend Jessie and I rode our horses down to a friend's house when we still lived in Cincinnati, and his neighbors across the street were drunk. They came over, and the one guy had his shirt off, staggering around, etc. You know. He had a bottle of Beam 8 Star in his hand and was right up by Beau's face. Now, Beau is pretty bombproof and has always taken everything in great stride.. Let me just say this now: those neighbors were **** lucky that our horses were so well-behaved. Beau of course felt it necessary to grab the bottle out of his hand and literally tip it back and take a swig, then hand it back. My face must have been something along the lines of ...O___O before I burst out laughing.

Anyways. As Jessie and I were going to leave, riding down the road side by side, the other drunk neighbor came up behind the horses to try to catch up with us or something, I'm not really sure, and kind of half fell/tripped between the two of us and caught himself by flinging both arms out, one landing on the rear of each horse, to catch himself. And stumbled along with us for a few steps.

As astounded as I was that yes, that really DID just happen, and as PROUD of our horses as I was, this really irritated the crud out of me.. Not to mention it could have potentially turned into a VERY dangerous situation with ANY horse.. I promptly asked Beau to go up into a canter. Needless to say, the guy fell flat on his face right in the middle of the road.

But yeah. That guy was extremely lucky that our horses weren't spooky and he didn't get kicked and/or seriously injured from doing that.
     
    05-06-2012, 09:30 PM
  #45
Yearling
I don't think this thread is rude. I think it's more along the lines of inside jokes. Sometimes when you have been doing anything for 40 years you get the "For real?" attitude about what to you is an obvious face palm moment.

I know I forget sometimes that not everyone owns a horse, or had even been around them. It's because I grew up with them. They have been such a huge part of my life it is hard to understand sometimes that not everyone has been as privileged as I have been in owning, riding, training and caring for horses. To me they are a part of my life, I guess I take it for granted they are for everyone else too.
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And this is why I stay home and take care of my animals. I can laugh at them and myself and no one gets offended by it.
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    05-06-2012, 09:34 PM
  #46
Yearling
No-one said we were treating the people that ask silly questions poorly! Really I do understand that they have no idea how their questions or statements sound to horse people!

I am always kind and eager to respond to honest questions - but that doesn't mean some of the things they say aren't down-right funny!!

I personally love the pelham puzzle! It would be a neat horsey gift for those inventor types!

Everyone has said something or other that was not very educated sounding at one time or another, but most people can laugh about it later.

This is like a horse-themed comedian thread, ok?

On that note..."You have horses? Can I run on them?
     
    05-06-2012, 09:45 PM
  #47
Yearling
This isn't a question, but rather a terrible behavior by non-horsey people. I can't stand when we are out trail riding beside a road and passing drivers think it is a good idea to honk at the horses. I realize they may think it is a "hello" or "Hey! Horses!". But man...I am just always so thankful our horses could care less and who are familiar with all sorts of sounds.
     
    05-06-2012, 09:50 PM
  #48
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ThirteenAcres    
This isn't a question, but rather a terrible behavior by non-horsey people. I can't stand when we are out trail riding beside a road and passing drivers think it is a good idea to honk at the horses. I realize they may think it is a "hello" or "Hey! Horses!". But man...I am just always so thankful our horses could care less and who are familiar with all sorts of sounds.
Amen to that!!!
     
    05-06-2012, 10:00 PM
  #49
Banned
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
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.
+1

I bet a lot here would ask what I could consider stupid questions about long range rifle marksmanship, something I've been doing (and I am **** good at) for over a decade.

And no, shooting some guns in the back 40 doesn't make you a marksman.
     
    05-06-2012, 10:01 PM
  #50
Banned
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Originally Posted by mildot    
+1

I bet a lot here would ask what I could consider stupid questions about long range rifle marksmanship, something I've been doing (and I am **** good at) for over a decade.

And no, shooting some guns in the back 40 doesn't make you a marksman.
I'd prove you right, I don't know a darned thing about guns LOL
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