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    07-21-2013, 10:43 PM
My way is the only way -pet peeve-

I might just be in a bad mood, but I was reading some posts, and this bothered me a lot. I don't mean this to be a rant, but just something I've noticed and annoys me to no end.

Natural horsemanship: Just because you 'work with the horse' doesn't mean other training techniques won't work, and doesn't mean all your techniques will work every time.

Bitless people: not all bits are evil, not all horses can go bitless. Not all people use bits to cover up holes in training.

Bit people: Some horses would go better bitless, and some can only go bitless.

(bad) Big name trainers: Who cares how many horses you've trained? If you screw up, you screw up.

To all students (and trainers) out there: Don't get too hung up on labels. Appraise each aspect or technique on it's own. You might skip over something that could really help you.

To all trainers: Don't be offended if your student wants to see other trainers in action. It is unfair to expect them to only listen to you and become a carbon copy of you.

I had more, about breeds and showing, but this post is long enough. What topic bothers you the most?
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    07-22-2013, 12:54 AM
I hate it when people think curb bits are cruel and snaffles are the only way to go. Sorry, but I would rather ride with a light hand on a responsive horse with a curb bit than have to pull on a horse with a snaffle. Doesn't that just teach them to ignore your hands anyway? There is a difference between light contact and what a lot of people in snaffles are actually riding with!

People frequently use the justification that "if you use a curb bit you will have to go to a bigger and bigger bit until pretty soon you run out of big bits." Sorry, I have been riding in curb bits my entire riding life (about 15 years) and have NEVER had to go to bigger and bigger bits. As a matter of fact, I am always on the lookout for the mildest curb bits I can find to add to my tack collection. I have never known anyone else to have to move up to bigger and bigger bits either!

Another pet peeve.....the breeding police. I don't care if my horse (or anyone else's) is a grade. That has NOTHING to do with the quality of the horse. There are beautiful grades out there and crappy purebreds. The papers don't make the horse anymore than the tag makes the clothing. There is nothing wrong with a grade horse. Also, I don't care if the stud has been to XYZ show and has credentials up the wazoo. Honestly, I don't. It would impress me more if he has a calm disposition and can be ridden out on the trail. Not everyone cares about showing and what is desirable in a show horse isn't necessarily what I want in a using horse. As a matter of fact, some of the horses people breed specifically for showing are downright scary and a detriment to the breed.....I could name some types of horses I think fit this description but I don't want to offend anyone.

Which also brings me to genetic diseases. People always sight one of the reasons not to breed grades is genetic disease. Hello? Purebred horses and irresponsible breeders who breed only for showing and money are the reasons we have diseases like HYPP, not the person who breeds a grade horse for themselves. Outcrossing bloodlines generally strengthens genetics, while inbreeding increases the chances of genetic diseases showing up in the offspring.

I am all for responsible breeding, don't get me wrong. And I have probably owned as many registered horses as grades, but I am so tired of people knocking other people because they are breeding a single grade horse or even a purebred that doesn't have an extensive show career. Not everyone cares about showing! And not everyone thinks what the show people want is actually the most desirable type of horse. Now should people be breeding grade horses whilly nilly? Of course not. But papers doesn't automatically make a quality horse. A lot of registered horses aren't breeding quality either.

Okay, I better quit for now!
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    07-22-2013, 01:02 AM
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What topic bothers you the most?

Hearing that my way doesn't work,
turns out chicken-**** horses,
isn't any good for anything,
and basically feeling laughed at.
    07-22-2013, 01:04 AM
Definitely the bit thing. Honestly, every horse is different, and so help me god if I have a ten year old girl stuck on a horse and she physically can't pull him in a snaffle should she get into trouble...You can bet your butt I'm going to put a curb bit, combo bit, or something with a little more umph to it on that horse.

Bits don't matter. Learn how to use your hands.
    07-22-2013, 01:04 AM
15yr old NH trainers.........
    07-22-2013, 01:10 AM
Breed bashing...
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    07-22-2013, 01:14 AM
Originally Posted by littleamy76    
breed bashing...
Yeah, that too!

And also threads like "why doesn't anyone like <insert whatever breed name here.>" Of course there are people that LOVE these breeds or they wouldn't exist. So if someone knocks your horse, just ignore them and know that other people love your breed of horse.
    07-22-2013, 01:44 AM
Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
15yr old NH trainers.........
15 year old trainers, period. All of which have been riding all their lives. Sorry, I have slept longer than you have been alive.
    07-22-2013, 01:52 AM
Originally Posted by AlexS    
15 year old trainers, period. All of which have been riding all their lives. Sorry, I have slept longer than you have been alive.
Hahahaha Alex.

I am going to start saying that this semester to the junior high kids I am student teaching.
    07-22-2013, 02:48 AM
Tie downs-- if a horse aint roping they don't need a tie down to lean on- they need better training to keep the head down or collect- when someone tells me they can't stop the horse and want to put them in a curb bit and a tie down I die a little inside.
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