People who think every saddle on earth will fit every horse. Seriously. It seems like every horse person out here thinks I'm psycho and spoiling Lacey horribly because I refuse to ride her in a saddle that obviously doesn't fit her (but they think it does fit her...even when tree is basically on her withers, "oh a cutback pad will solve that!", I don't agree!). And they complain when their horses buck and have weird undersaddle issues. Pain much?
People who complain about their horse's issues when they don't spend enough time working said horse to fix the issues. I am totally guilty of this and it irks me.
People that can't back down and admit when their method isn't working.
Ignorant people in general.
My BO's family who rudely tease me constantly about how "horribly" I spoil Lacey when she is SO much better behaved than their horses. She may be feisty but she would never even think of biting me, unlike their horses that bite all the time. And anyway, she's an old lady, she's made it this long, she deserves to be babied, within reason of course. I may buy her things and keep her looking cute, I may braid her tail, I may be kinda obsessive over whether the saddle fits before I ride, and I may ride her bitless because she goes better that way, but that absolutely does not mean that I'm less of a horsewoman. And it's certainly not a reason to make fun of me. Lacey's obviously happy and she obviously loves me, can they say the same for their horses?
This is an excellent thread! Haha
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.