Why does it bother me so?
I've been riding since I was 5, competing in multiple disciplines and taking in numerous problem horses. Now, my horses are my family. I talk to them no differently than I would another human being or my dogs. In my line of work that I've pretty much found (mostly problem horses) I seem to find a lot of people that get run over by their horses. This doesn't bother me so much, I'm pretty used to it, but there is one thing I've learned over the years, until you change the mind, you can't change the actions effectively.
So, enough babbling, the purpose of this is how it really bothers me when people say they are going to "play" with their horse. When I think about it, its seems so petty, like they are going to have fun, so why should I care about how they say it. I think the reason it bothers me so much is because the people who say they are going to "play" with their horse are the same people that need to actually get some "work" done with that horse before they get hurt. I know this isn't always the case, but when I'm going out for a trail ride, its no different than if I were going for a walk with my husband, or with a friend, when someone asks if we're going to "play" it just irks me. Its more important to me than that.
Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of fun with my horses. We go on trail rides, in parades, swimming, we have no limits. I guess I'm looking for some input here. Do you play with your horse? I don't know, to me, playing with my horse would be like playing with my life. Its like going back to elementary school where all your problems are as simple as addition and subraction. Where do you develop a work ethic if all you do is play? I guess I take my horses more seriously than that.
I realize that I'm really over analyzing this. I guess its a bit of a neurotic venting, but it just seems like all of the people who come to me with the most problems are the ones who think that they are just there to play with their horse. Any input from either direction is welcome, I'm just trying to understand this.