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post #1 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Worst case of non-horse people you've experienced?

Title says it all!

I've had many experiences with non-horse people and its quiet funny actually.

One time I was at a show with a friend and she pointed at a horse and she said, "Look at that stallion!!!" I looked back at her and I asked, "How do you know if its a stallion?" She just started to say how beautiful it was, etc.

I just laughed then explained to her what stallion is a gelding and a mare.

Not the worst but I have better that I can't think of right now.

Anyways, I'd love to hear what you guys have!
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post #2 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 10:51 AM
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I have my own experience as a kid. We went island hopping in the Caribbean and we went to a place that did horseback rides on the beach. So we went, I had a fabulous buckskin named Michael (pronounced Mi-Kai-El there) and after the ride, I went to give him one last pat and noticed he was cocking a leg. I thought I made him lame, hahaha.

For the worst in someone else... I had a stout friend that wanted to ride and my barrel horse was the only one trustworthy and sturdy enough for her. I told her not to swing her leg back and squeeze/kick him far back because that made the difference between his barrel brain and his trusty trail horse brain. I helped her on and we were walking fine when I see a flash of white and butterscotch fly by. He galloped around the entire pasture and ran back to the barn and stopped. I asked her what happened. She said she thought I was teasing her and wanted to see. Kudos to her for staying on, he'd left far more experienced cowboys in the dirt when he launched into speed mode. For some reason everyone just had to test his breakneck speeds. :/
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post #3 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 10:58 AM
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This was overheard from two "horse people" people at the barn I ride at. Lady 1, "I want to get a pony for my granddaughter for Christmas, but a Welsh cause Shetlands are breed to be mean" Lady 2 "Why don't you look for a POA, but not one of those spotted ones cause their worthless". Umh, I thought it had to be appy colored to be a POA???
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post #4 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 12:51 PM
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Had a co-worker asking me about my horses one day as he was thinking of getting a horse for his daughter and thought a youngster would be perfect for her. So I went through a whole list of reasons why a young horse and a new rider were not a good combination. His reply? "I thought horses were bred to ride so all you have to do is toss a saddle on them and go".
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post #5 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 12:55 PM
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omg! .. that is funny ..

Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
Had a co-worker asking me about my horses one day as he was thinking of getting a horse for his daughter and thought a youngster would be perfect for her. So I went through a whole list of reasons why a young horse and a new rider were not a good combination. His reply? "I thought horses were bred to ride so all you have to do is toss a saddle on them and go".

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post #6 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 01:06 PM
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Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh! Even after 21 years, my husband is still the worst non-horse person I know. Examples?

I had a lovely colt, would have been a gorgeous stallion, homozygous black, homozygous tobiano, great confo, great personality, BEAUTIFUL. I was very strict as he was going to be HUGE and I kept noticing that he would try various pushy types of behaviours on me, stuff that I would just KILL him for and couldn't figure out why he just wasn't 'getting it' because he was a very smart horse. Hubby comes in one day and says, "OH Harley is so cute. He gave me a 'hug' and got too enthusiastic and knocked me down.". We'd had that 'stallion hug' conversation before and we'd had multiple talks about why a stallion must always maintain respect, etc, etc. This wasn't my first rodeo with having a stallion on the place but it WAS the first time I'd bred a colt I wanted to keep for future service. And yes, I disclosed ALL my reasons for selling him to his new buyer. He just sent me pics of him riding Harley and LOVES him to pieces.

Hubby came home from work a week later and Harley was gone. I sold him to a gentleman who gelded him and uses him for trail riding, loves him to death and isn't afraid or too stubborn to discipline him when he needs it. I couldn't keep a stallion that was going to end up killing someone because he wasn't taught any better.

No. 2: Mare is getting close to her due date, so we put her in her foaling stall. Turned the stallion out on his yard, which is in front of the foaling stall barn. She has an outside window with a grill in it, he comes over to say, "HI" and she does as all not in heat mares do, squeals and kicks. NAILED my husband who was standing behind her fooling with her tail. I had told him to move 3 times before it happened, told him exactly WHY he should move and then I gave up and let him learn. All I said was, "HOW f*ing stupid are you? 20 years with horses and you still stand behind a mare when she's talking to a stallion? Really?" And I went in the house so I'd shut up and not ream him out while he was hurting. He's lucky, she pulled her kick and wasn't shod, he just got bruises.

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post #7 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 05:33 PM
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I was asking on a horsey facebook group about recommendations for a dentist. Some genius said to me "You don't need to get their teeth floated if you feed them hay". Well gee, learn something new every day.....
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post #8 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 08:27 PM
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My Uncle smokes weed. I took him to my horse one day and he wasn't high but he is very spiritual. He went up to my horse saying this horse he has a very good personality, and than went up to my horses buddy saying yes i can feel this horse has a sway back. And than when i had tied up my horse he said, o look Slip kissed both of my hands he likes me and than just kept going on about this spiritual stuff. and Telling me to never ! Stand behind a horse and how he rode a horse once so he knows how to ride a horse. After wards he said he would ask his mother if she could buy some land for a horse for him to have and that he will buy a 3 year old to ride ...and how that he could have a foal and bring it up and break it in

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Hmmmm worst experience with non-horsey people.....hmmmmm it's when non-horse people OWN AND RIDE horses and suddenly think they are horsey people......they go through the motions because they've been told to do certain things, but they have know idea why they're doing the things they're doing, let alone how to do it properly....examples given:
(note, all well trained expensive animals, sold to wanna-bes who had two or three lessons before bringing the horse home)

Sliding a big slider.......without plates on?...oooops
Letting darling daughter jump expensive reiner with sliders on.....because her horse has a massive injury.....due to jumping
Not warming horse up ^^^^ note result above
Never cleaning the horses hooves......
Arrives home from a 'show' throws horse in stall and walks away....parked like a car
Pushes horse beyond its physical abilities and mental abilities.....
The list could go on...........
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-02-2012, 11:46 PM
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Exchanged between my mom and I not too long ago:

Mom: I don't understand why you didn't buy another Arabian.
Me: What do you mean? Dora is an Arabian.
Mom: But she's brown.

This ended up being a long coversation about horse colors that I still don't think my mom understands. I also bought Dora back (she was originally given to me in 1998, owned her for 5 years) nearly 5 years ago. My mom has been around her numerous times, we've had discussions about her...at this particular moment she thought she was a new horse that I had just bought and I gave her the same name as the previous Dora. I'm telling you, by the time we were done talking my head hurt and I was finding it hard to answer questions without sounding like a smartass.
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