So I was at another barn where volunteers from the barn I currently work - and board my horse at - were leasing horses. I was chatting with one of the other horsewomen at the barn about this that and the other when out of the blue this girl comes up to me and goes "are you the one who beats your horse?"
I was dumbfounded, and for a while had no idea how this idea had sprouted. I asked a couple of my friends, and it turned out that one of the younger volunteers from the ranch had seen me smack my gelding with a crop when he pushed into me.
Now I am not exactly small, but nor am I going to let my horse think it's okay to push into me. I need him to be aware of where I am at all times and know that I am NOT about to get pushed around. And it's not like I beat him with the crop. All I did was give him a swift smack on the butt and say "Over!" ... To top it off, the incident she brought up happened several months ago.
But alas, these little kids think I beat my horse.... :roll: