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post #21 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:14 PM
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Is your (laying down in the field) horse...DEAD?!?!
SOOO annoying. If they'd just watch them for 1/2 an hour, they'd notice the tail swish, then the head go up, then the roll, then the brace to bounce up.
My new hay man has had the same nosey neighbor call animal control on him about this 3X this summer. I can assure you--his appy's are healthy.
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post #22 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:25 PM
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Certain stuff, I guess that people just don't know better, so when it's an innocent uneducated comment it's okay to me.
"Horseback riding isn't a sport."
If horseback riding isn't a sport, what is?
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post #23 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:41 PM
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We were at an endurance ride in a rural part of Idaho (yes, there are rural and non-rural parts). The Sheriff stopped by just to check in. Apparently there were a couple of dirt-bikers that reported "A bunch of horses coming up the road!" - they'd ignored all the signs we'd posted about an endurance ride being held and marked trails and whatnot. After making some small talk, the Sheriff commented about how we're a more wealthy group because he'd "had dirt bikes and he'd had horses and the horses were definitely the more expensive of the two".

I told him no, we aren't any richer - we just have a different set of priorities :)
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post #24 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:43 PM
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In the local dialect: "Whare kin I git me one o' dem dere force fields?"
"I NEED one!"
haha for sure! if i had one i totalyl woulda given you one beforehand!

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post #25 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:45 PM
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On the note of what non-horsey people say, I don't mind so much. Yes, they can say some pretty off-the-wall and inaccurate things, but they don't but me much unless they start getting insulting. After all, words are just words. On the other hand, when non-horsey people DO things, I can get furious. Like when they think it's funny to pull the marker ribbons for an endurance ride, leading to riders getting lost, stranded, and in potentially serious danger all on their own on an unknown trail in the middle of nowhere. Not to mention we EXPECT to arrive at a water source in reasonable time, enabling us to ask the most of our horses - if we don't arrive at the next trough within the usual amount of time, amongst all the other things that can happen due to ribbons getting pulled, these people have a sick/injured horse and/or rider on their hands... or worse.
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post #26 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 05:54 PM
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I'm pretty sick of all the sexual jokes, personally.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #27 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 07:12 PM
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Let's see ...I agree some of my faves are" well all you do is sit there" oh well I get made fun of all the time because I EAT ALOT!! wll I eat often and people always say"God your eating again! I dont see how your not huge with all you eat" I reply I work horses,take care of horses you could get rid of that gym membership(that you dont use) and eat whatever you want if you would come work on the farm wiith me for a week" mmmm naaaa "yeah thats what I thought, then stop talking about how much I eat!"
Then the other thing is... I own a race horse as some of you know , and it really irritates me when people lump me together with the race world idiots. Some of us go the extra mile to ensure our horses are capable of transitioning to another job after racing.Some of us actually dedicate about 16-20 hours a day A DAY!! to our race horses, to ensure the are properly fed, excercised, rested and let out in a pasture or hand walked every single solitary day! That it is important for them to always know they are a horse first with a job 2nd and to help in ANY way we can to see to it that horse performs to the best of his ability at a job he LOVES to do! We do NOT PUMP THEM FULL OF DRUGS! beat or abuse them! I was raised in horse racing and believe me my Father was a straight up S.O.B. but...he knew horses and AlwayS did what was best for them and he made a **** good living at it! So please horse community even if your NOT in horse racing, please dont let people get away with talking about us like that ,as I know there are some big huge idiots out there(i think I have met them all) I wouldnt let anyone say that ropers are all abusive to their horses, or hunter jumpers all drug their horses! I even though I have never thrown a rope in my life except at the plastic cow head, I let NON horse people know that horses are NOT A HOBBY ,THEY ARE OUR LIVES. and not having our horses is like not having air.
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post #28 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 07:26 PM
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When people say horses are stupid it pisses me off.

I know they're by no means super intelligent or anything, but horses do plenty of clever things on a regular basis that even I wouldn't think of if I was in that situation.

Or when horse people say stuff like hitting your horse hurts them. They weigh probably 10x more than a lot of us, if I smack you with 10 pounds of force as a correction, it hurts, but not so much that you'd try to kill me in return. You hit a horse with like 5 pounds of force with a whip, even in a small area that's not that much. That's like a pinch on a person. I never hit my horse unless he bites, and think, he's biting with 100 pounds of force vs a pinch when you hit him. If you bit a horse every time you wanted to correct it, it would be cruel. But we don't. So shut up.

Also the fact that stupid things like football are considered a sport, where probably half of people think no form of horse riding is a sport.
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post #29 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 07:30 PM
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Yes, I'm sure there are responsible race horse owners out there, just like there are responsible breeders and trainers and owners in all disciplines.

My little peeve is people who want to get (or do get) a horse without any knowledge at all about them. My favorite right now is wanting to have a foal "for my son (daughter) to grow up with". You know that a day old foal can kick your child and kill him, right?
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post #30 of 79 Old 08-10-2012, 07:40 PM
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Oh my favorites: "All you do is sit there" and "Horseback riding isn't a sport." Really? Than why don't you get on an unpredictable 1200lb animal and get back to me when it doesn't go well?

I do have to say there are some things I let slide, like the whole "what is that smell" or anything to do with smell really. Because honestly, I don't know how I tolerate the smell because there are those times where it has actually bothered me, which is surprising. Also, other things from non-horsey people that I have gotten don't tend to bother me. If they truly don't seem to understand it, then I am more than happy to explain it to them. But stupid comments like "all you do is sit there." Prompt me to explain that I do more than "sit there." Ugh! It's like me saying that in soccer all you do is kick a ball, and my best friend has played soccer since she could walk and I've seen bruises, games, and heard stories enough to know that you don't just kick a ball.

I recently had someone in my group of friends say that he doesn't understand how horseback riding is in the Olympics. I was just like and promptly gave him the evil eye. Let me tell you why it is and why some "sports" in the Olympics should not be in the Olympics, like for example badminton? Table tennis? Come on, let's get real. They're fun to do, but it just drives me nuts that everything has to be an Olympic sport now. But that's a rant for another time!

My mom's life-long friend that she met in Germany and her daughter are coming in either September or October and I just can't wait to get the slew of comments from them, lol! I know I can expect it like once or twice. I'm also hoping to be owning a horse by then. But I am excited that they're coming because they're so nice and were very hospitable when we went to visit for a few days.

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Last edited by jfisher256; 08-10-2012 at 07:43 PM. Reason: Needed to add more to my ranting, hehe!
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