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.