Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
I don't think you should feel insulted. Yes, she was more uptight than she needed to be, but like what kmd said, at least she didn't let her kid go nuts around the barn. That would have been much worse. I boarded with a woman who set her kids loose and paid no attention to where they were once they got in the barn, and let me tell you, it was a nightmare. Her 4-year-old son would run up and try to climb around my horse, crawl between his legs, run behind him, screeching all the way. I yelled at him, and he completely ignored me. And the daughter was a little beast of a child. She beat on her pony and the barn cats, and screamed her head off if she didn't get her way. And the mother would never discipline them.
Lesson learned. If someone is going to be one of the two extremes, it's better to be overprotective than completely thoughtless. Especially when huge, strong animals are involved.
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