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post #1 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Apparently I beat my horse...?

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:

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post #2 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:09 PM
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Lol sounds like when I got animal cOntrol called on me for beating my dog. She ran around me (on leash) and I tripped over her. She let out a scared whine and I hit the dirt! Morons.
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post #3 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:16 PM
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Some people see what they want to see when they have no idea whats going on. LOL One time when we lived in Tennessee a neighbor called the police because they thought my husband was abuseing me. We had been playing around and wrestling haveing a water fight I guess they did not hear I was laughing when I was running from him.
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post #4 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:16 PM
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woow the gelding i used to ride would set back when you tighten the girth and i tried everything well one day he decided to be a complete jerk and slam into me and then rear back well i grabbed a crop and gave him a good pop on his rump.. needless to say he was my angel after that haha
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post #5 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:21 PM
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People tend to forget that these horses outweigh most of us by over 1000 pounds or MORE - a simple "Please stop." doesn't always get the response we are looking for.
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post #6 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:22 PM
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We had the RSPCA come out to my Mum's place one time with a complaint about a cat that sounded like it was being starved and/or tortured. It was one of our Siamese breeding girls, she was on heat lmao.
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post #7 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:28 PM
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I would gather the young children around and tell them that:

  1. Horses can hurt you if they don't respect you
  2. Sometimes that respect needs a bit of enforcement
  3. Crops have been used for centuries
  4. Crops really don't hurt
  5. Horses don't fart rainbows or pee perfume
Good grief!

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post #8 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:30 PM
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You should totally feed this rumor. Say "yeah, that's me." and seem really mysterious and they'll whisper it around and pretty soon you'll be an ogre killer of violent porportions. That would be cool!

BTW, I will smack any horse that swings his butt into me. Pronto.

Oh, this reminds me of a story. Wierd one, too.
When I was a teen I was curious to see what a cat's tail looked like under all that hair. So, foolish me, I took some scissors and cut off all the hair on the last inch of my cat's tail (poor sweet Ladybug!), I did not hurt her at all, just cropped it short.

So, at the bus stop, Ladybug came wondering out and the other kids were shocked at her wierd looking tail. I was so embarassed about my stupid behavior, but couldn't undo it.

So, word got around school of what I had done and the next day I was approached by some girl I hardly knew who said, "are you the kid who cut off her cat's tail?" See where a rumor can go!
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post #9 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:30 PM
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You brute!
I'm sure the kid was just being a wise 'acre'. I would have said something like , "Yeah, wanna find out what I did?"... but that's just me.
I wouldn't worry about it.
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post #10 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:34 PM
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Horses are very powerfull, they have huge amounts of force in a kick. I don't know about you, but if I ever tried to kick a horse or hit one with my hand as hard as I could I could not even come close to the amount of force another horse does. Even with a riding crop, its more about the startle response, and crack sound than anything.
I think this is why when my old man stepped on my foot, and I slapped him on the butt, and yelled MOVE! He gave me a look as if he was laughing at me laughing at me, lol. Then slowly moved off my foot.
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