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post #11 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 02:09 AM
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If you'd like to ride with them just to have someone else there but don't want to listen to the nagging put in a set of ear buds or headphones. They don't need to know you aren't listening to music but will assume u can't hear them if you ignore them or loudly voice "what?!" occasionally.
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post #12 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 06:53 AM
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Anyone that tells me I'm a lousy rider is not worth my time. In fact, I'd probably direct my horse's hind end at him.

I am not a good rider, but I am working on it. If you are willing to learn, you are not a lousy rider. That doesn't do ANYONE any good, I agree with the others- dont go back.
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post #13 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 08:05 AM
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Well look at your options, find new riding friends, you mentioned trailer, it may be easier than you think.
Ride alone,
Be miserable,
Fix these two.
Try to maintain the high ground but dont get walked on. Remember this is your time too to enjoy. The first comment you get, just say "thanks but I just wanna enjoy the day, I'm not really interested in any lessons or advice today."

That would be the single nice request he would get out of me. After that I would get straight to the point with a mind your own business, or a STFU.

Another nice route that I probably use 99% of the time in these situations is to just be a smart a#$ back to them. Say incredibly stupid things.
SOme of my favorites,,,,,
Do you ride English or Western ?>>> Western, but then I have to turn around and head eastern to get back to the house.
What kinda horse he ?>>>>>>>>> I dunno, "Quarter horse ?">>>>>>>>> Nope, he's full horse.
In reply to any type of horse jargon comments many of which I really dont know so the aacting dumd isnt an act, comments about I should,,,, deep in seat, leads, posting, poles, yielding various quarters, I give em a "Well I learned to ride watching Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, so I only know YAH MULE and WHOOOO Mule, and hang on as appropriate.

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post #14 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 08:24 AM
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Sure, I'd ride with them again.

Take Joe's advice, and just blow him off.

It sounds like you don't know these people very well?

If everything else is going well but this, then work on the relationship.

No one's perfect, and some of my best friends are annoying as heck at times.
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post #15 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 08:38 AM
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Hahaha Joe has quite the spunk!

But seriously, if they don't make you feel good don't be around them. When you ride, you are spending time with your horse and you're supposed to be having fun. If you're just getting talked down or made to feel inferior in any way, or your HORSE is made to feel inferior, just don't ride with them. There are plenty of horse people around that are wonderful and don't past judgement or nitpick at someone's riding or point out wrong things. Surround yourself with them :)

Just my advice
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post #16 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 09:16 AM
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where ya at I'll ride with you, My riding instructions come in one form
Step one, get on,
Step two Hang on.
Step three , (Preferable but not required) convince horse to stop.
Step Four, get off.
If your fifth step is walking away GOOD !
crawl away, so so,
carried away, not so good,
carried away a piece at a time by buzzards, bad very very bad.
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post #17 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 09:46 AM
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Nice Joe!

But the whole point of trail riding (to me) is to enjoy it. When I'm trail riding, I'm not looking to be corrected on my riding, I'm not looking for advice, and I'm certainly not looking to be told what kind of rider I am. So, if you are not enjoying it, do not ride with these people- it is that simple. After all that the husband did to you, I'm surprised you haven't already walked away! You're more generous than me, I would've had a few choice words for him and then never rode with either the husband OR the wife again.
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post #18 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 10:04 AM
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I have ridden with the wife without the husband around. She seems the type who keeps her mouth shut.
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Gee I wonder why ?

Poor woman.
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post #19 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, the little I've seen of them makes me think they get along pretty well, but she happens not to go off on tangents. I may be wrong, though.

She may have felt a bit funny about the whole thing --- as I was loading up, she came over and kind of timidly suggested to me that she'll be trail riding these next few days.

I should have said she keeps her mouth shut unless asked. But I've never had her take off on me like that, and so far she has tried to be helpful even when she didn't have a clue what she was talking about.

Poco, there were other people around. Didn't seem to deter him much.
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post #20 of 33 Old 12-11-2011, 02:55 PM
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I'd give the wife a second chance. Sounds like she might want some 'normal' person for trail-riding company, if she mentioned her plans to you like that. If she's rude or nuts on the second chance ride, no need to keep on. But from the little you've said, I wouldn't be surprised if she isn't someone who wants to get out of the house, away from the stress (Him!) and just ride for pleasure.
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