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Frustrating horse people.
This is a partial rant.
But people riding yearlings!!!!!!! Youre going to ruin your horses back stupid stupid! Not only all the **** you did to that mini that is getting my attention.
This other guy has a training fork on a horse that doesn't need one along with all of his western get up. And he pulls on that horses mouth so hard that it breaks at the poll and then pulls the horse mouth open.
How the hell do you keep your cool around people that are hurting their horses. And I do not mean people who are correcting their horses. I mean like causing unnecessary pain.
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I don't get it either. I don't like people starting horses early, let them grow up and be a horse for awhile.
The girl who has the horse its a stud draft. She's never had experience with a stallion or has she ever started a horse. She just put up pics on Facebook of her riding her 14mth old around bareback. And for some reason she thinks its smart to get another 2 year old trotting stallion in which she keeps all of her horses in the same pasture. She's going to end up with a bunch of pregnant mares.
And let me also drop in there that she doesn't grain. Or hay feed on a pasture of nothing but weeds.
SHE NEEDS PARENTAL SUPERVISION!!!!
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I went on a trail ride many long years ago and there was a woman on a "coming 2 year old" Quarter horse. She was well over 250 lbs and the horse was struggling to carry her. This was a small "coming 2" I am thinking if he was a year and a half it would be more accurate. I didn't know what to do. She had a huge amount of supporters so I wasn't going to start something with her.
I just wanted to cry seeing the poor horse knowing that she was ruining him and soon his legs would be shot. She was kicking the crap out of him to go forward and the poor guy just didn't have it in him.
I mean I just don't know how to handle situations like that.
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I've never been good at situations like that either. I've gotten better but by no means an expert. If you are at a show sometimes reporting them to the higher ups will help (I had to do that when I saw someone duct taping their child's feet into the stirrups and I wasn't going to sit around and possibly watch a child die.)
Out on a trail ride there's really not much you can do other than confront them about it.(Which can cause a huge stir, which I avoid) Or what I usually do and strike up a conversation with said person and ask them their opinions on something based on the situation you feel uneasy about, without letting on it's about them. Turn it into a nice conversation and then give your opinion. Sometimes people don't know better and don't want to ask for help and by hearing someone else's opinion in a neutral "zone" (because I can't think of a better word) might give them an idea of they correct way to do things. By doing it the conversation way it's much less confrontational and might even make them think it was THEIR idea to try something different rather than someone else telling them what to do.
And then you have the people they are too far gone to help. Those are the ones that it's their way or the high way. UNfortunately not much you can do about them other than avoid them or report them to the proper people if you are really uncomfortable with what they're doing.
As for keeping cool during these situations. I usually keep composure and then once out of earshot I go on a ranting fit either to my horse or to a friend about it. =P
I left a barn lately because of my opinion of what was and was not going on there. I hear you on the no grain, no hay and crappy weedy field. I can completely relate, and I had to move. I was asked to leave when I couldn't keep my tongue anymore. But the person knew it all, and wouldn't even listen. When someone says they "can't afford to feed" but keeps on taking new lease horses, morally and ethically I can't keep my mouth shut.
I have had to stop going to horse events for the most part because of things like this. I just can't keep my mouth shut and this area is too "small town" for that. I'm hoping that OCTRA sponsored events will allow me to meet some like-minded horsey people.
I'm happier alone for the most part anyway, but because of this stuff, even if I was a gregarious person, I'd learn to love being alone.
I just feel bad for the horses :L
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