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        05-25-2010, 01:08 AM
      #11
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    Weanling
    It was a gymkhana type show. Pretty small and local.

    The owner had no problem with me handling her horse the way I did, she just was worried of what people thought.

    Then it got me wondering if when I start bring my horses to shows will I be judged for telling them they can't do something, or giving them trouble...

    I don't know if it's like this every where, but I find horse people here very judgmental and they gossip with each other about everyone, even if they act like they like the person there talking about.
         
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        05-25-2010, 01:15 AM
      #12
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    I'd say, let them talk. I would rather correct an unruly and potentially unsafe horse and have them talk about how mean I am than let someone get hurt and have them sue me.

    Judgement is not limited to horse people. There will always be someone who's going to act like a jack a$$. I tend to avoid those people. I mostly show appaloosa breed shows, and there is a little drama, but the people are generally very kind and helpful.

    And if the owner is worried about what people are going to think, she should have been better prepared. Not trying to knock her, or anything, but it sounds like the horse was either not very seasoned, or he was herdbound. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to teach one good manners for show day. But I am glad that she wasn't upset with you .
         
        05-25-2010, 01:17 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I find the horseworld is like highschool.
    I stopped trying to please anyone at horses except the judges ;) because really, why should anyone care what some gossiping dramatic adult who needs to grow up, thinks? Haha :) trying to please everyone only ever resulted in my failure to take care of my horse the way I think I should.
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        05-25-2010, 01:36 AM
      #14
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    ^^^^ Well said.
         
        05-25-2010, 01:38 AM
      #15
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    Weanling
    Thanks everyone....This makes me feel better about it.
         
        05-25-2010, 01:48 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Imo
    In the ring, being judged- no.
    Out of the ring- go for it.
    Everyone else pretty much said it all, don't worry about what other people think. In my experience a good amount of them are going to find something, anything, to nitpick about anyway.
         
        05-25-2010, 08:00 AM
      #17
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
    I find the horseworld is like highschool.
    I stopped trying to please anyone at horses except the judges ;) because really, why should anyone care what some gossiping dramatic adult who needs to grow up, thinks? Haha :) trying to please everyone only ever resulted in my failure to take care of my horse the way I think I should.
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    !! Agree.

    While I think we have to do as much preparation for the show as possible it's just not always a case that horse will behave 100%. I mean, show is a new experience horse needs to learn too. Some horses are easy going, but for others it's just over head first couple times. So number of people I know take inexperienced horses to the little local shows so they'd get used to the crowd and noise. If they need to be disciplined - so be it. They have to learn! Doesn't matter what you do to the horse you'll always find someone calling you "abuser" if you use stick or rope (when it's absolutely needed) and rolling the eyes and saying "they'd fix it right away". :roll:
         
        05-25-2010, 08:13 PM
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    "Prior and proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance"--it's up to the owner to properly prepare their horse before they go to shows. Set the horse up for success. Things like that shouldn't happen.
         
        05-25-2010, 11:34 PM
      #19
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
    "Prior and proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance"--it's up to the owner to properly prepare their horse before they go to shows. Set the horse up for success. Things like that shouldn't happen.
    WOW We actually agree on something!!
         
        05-25-2010, 11:39 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
    "Prior and proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance"--it's up to the owner to properly prepare their horse before they go to shows. Set the horse up for success. Things like that shouldn't happen.
    I agree they shouldnt happen... but I've also seen horses that are perfect at home, don't spook at anything, listen to the person leading them, just perfectly well manored. But then when they got to their first show they pretty much became a different horse... maybe it was just because it was a huge show, and people were everywhere, so much going on. I do also think they read off of the people around them a lot, which causes bad manners sometimes
         

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