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    04-22-2011, 01:24 PM
Things that REALLY annoy you.

So what are the things to do with horses that drive you mad? I have so many, but these are the ones that make my blood boil...

- People who clonk down on their horses' back after jumping. Seriously, put yourself in your animal's shoes for a minute, and imagine how it feels... Sure way to put any horse of jumping.

- Accessory tack. Putting unecessary tack on your horse, just because you think it looks good. Some stuff doesn't do any harm (breastplates, fly ears, sheepskin noseband, furlined tendon boots etc so I'm not too fussed if people do this) but I see this a lot with martingales, grackles, spurs and shanked bits. C'mon, I have owned lots and lots of horses, up to six at a time, ranging from native ponies to thoroughbreds, happy hackers to competition horses, some came trained, some trained by me, all ridden in a basic cavesson, snaffle, saddle and nothing else, and never had any issues. Surely this can't be coincidence? Does your horse REALLY need all that leather and ironwork?

- Linda Parelli. In fact, anything to do with Parelli.

- People who go bitless "to be nice" to their horse, and use a Hackamore. Do they really not realise that this is a very harsh bridle?!

- People who kill their horses with kindness. Applies to any pet really. People who let their horses get too fat (or develop laminitus) because they "love them too much" to restrict their grazing, let their horses walk all over them because they don't want to upset them by laying down ground rules, let horses bite because it loves treats/"smacking your horse is cruel"... Arrg.

- People who breed indiscriminately. Breeding is only morally acceptable when breeding the best to the best. There are thousands of sound, sane, average horses going to slaughter every day. If you really want a foal, buy one of these.

- Pot hunters. In any way, shape or form.

- Having a horse when you can't afford it. If you cannot afford to get your tack fitted, safe fencing, appropriate feed and your horses teeth, back, vaccinations and hooves done on a regular basis, you shouldn't have horses.

- Snobbery. Who cares if my horse is a cheapy ottb, he has a nicer nature than your 12,000 warmblood!

- Draw reins. Hate em!

- Putting winning before your horses' welfare. From minor - competing a horse that isn't quite ready, to major - Big Lick, this speaks for itself.

Drives me madddd! No offence to anyone who does these, just my opinion and things that annoy me!! What pet peeves do you have when it comes to horses?
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    04-22-2011, 01:30 PM
I agree with everything except the spurs. I wear spurs all the time unless I am bareback. Just because you wear them doesnt mean you have to use them. More often than not they are not used to dig into the sides they are a reminder of their manners with a gentle tap.

The thing that annoys me most is horse owners who think they know more than they do. I can't stand listening to someone babble about something they have no clue about. Politics - I use to rodeo and I still love to barrel race but the politics in competition drove me away.

Otherwise I could care less, I don't get involved in the drama and their business. I feel like I need to be focusing on my horse and what he is doing and "saying" to me about what is going on and what we are doing.
    04-22-2011, 01:30 PM
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People who bring their kids to shows without teaching them proper etiquette(sp?).-- This drives me nuts I understand they are young but that means nothing when they are putting themselves and others in danger.
So called 'trainers'-people who go around spewing things and calling themselves trainers yet go and get on a dead lame /badly trained horse and show/race it.
Also agree with you on the breeding snobbery the winning before welfare and draw reins.
    04-22-2011, 01:42 PM
This one is a big one for me...

Keeping a rug on the horse during summer just so they do not get dirty!! Sooo annoying and very mean to the horse.And I mean a heavy enough rug.A fly sheet would not bother me.

People telling you what to do while on the horse and keep on at you. I do not mind when certain people do it but when it is none of their business they should keep out of it!

Horse racing full stop.

And more ...I cannot think XD
    04-22-2011, 07:23 PM
Oh I school a couple of mine in spurs, I have nothing against spurs themselves, it's when people use them when their horse really doesn't need them, either to make the horse look fiesty or make themselves look stylish!

Same!! I hate the politics about the show world!!
    04-22-2011, 07:26 PM
Ohh, the rug thing, that's annoying too And when people over rug their horse, they're quite hardy animals really, don't need to be completely wrapped up!
    04-22-2011, 07:38 PM
Stubborn people who refuse to even consider/listen to advice. They think that they know absolutely everything. I have a person like this at the barn I ride at, she even yells at people who try to suggest something to her.

When people confuse their horses. Like they start to turn right and then they change their minds and jerk them in the other direction. Also if they're dealing with a lazy horse and they ask it to move forward and give up. That's just teaching the horse that it doesn't HAVE to move forward because they'll stop asking eventually.
    04-22-2011, 07:39 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian    
People who bring their kids to shows without teaching them proper etiquette(sp?).-- This drives me nuts I understand they are young but that means nothing when they are putting themselves and others in danger.
So called 'trainers'-people who go around spewing things and calling themselves trainers yet go and get on a dead lame /badly trained horse and show/race it.
Also agree with you on the breeding snobbery the winning before welfare and draw reins.
It is even worse when kids bring their horse-stupid parents to a show.

I had my weanling MINIATURE mare at a show once. She was just scoping out the show atmosphere. She was grazing on a lead while I watched a class and suddenly she snorted and jumped. I looked back and found that an adult had put her TWO YEAR OLD CHILD ON MY WEANLING MINIATURE HORSES BACK WITHOUT ASKING!!!!! And when my horse threw her little brat she freaked out on me saying my little baby mini was dangerous! DUH-HUH.

Non-horse Educated people don't belong at shows period sometimes oh my god.
    04-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Here is my one and only...
*Snobby people who think they know everything.
The woman who owns the yard where my horse is asked how my horse went today , I replied ''He is in one of those moods you do that and I do this'' to which she replied ''were you using your legs because I had a nice chat with a mummy last night about using your legs and she askd me if her daughter was a crap rider and I just said yes!''
I just said FYI I was actually using my leg thank you. I mean would you really say that to someone who has just moved to the yard ? Nice first impression NOT...
And then my mum askd were the shavings were and she said Oh could you not send the girls to look for it , I have better things to do!
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    04-22-2011, 07:51 PM
Agree with all of yourse, and have some of my own.
People who don't have a backbone with their horse really bug me. (Pretty much like your "kill them with kindess"). Do they not realize that it's a 1200 lb. Animal that could easily hurt or kill them? Obviously no horse is going to do that on purpose, but if you don't teach the horse boundries you're just asking for it.
People that don't realize a horse is a frickin' horse. A lot falls into this category. Like people who say horses shouldn't be kept outside when it's raining/snowing and judge me for keeping mine out 24/7. They have a shelter, they're animals, they're find. And people who, when it's 90 F (32 C) out they just can't ride their horse because it will sweat! Um, they're built for work, they can handle a 45 minute ride during the summer.
People who say every discipline other than theirs sucks. Every discipline has it's fun parts and just because you don't find it amusing doesn't give you an excuse to rag on others. I prefer dressage, but have a lot of other friends who do western games, pleasure, and trails and can respect them for it.

I'll probably think of some more later

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