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    03-15-2011, 08:06 PM
  #21
Green Broke
People who do not pay attention red ribbon means stay away period whether they kick or not but it is a safety thing specificaly for that reason. If you are that oblivious or walking behind horses in the first place then its your own fault if something happens. Also hate when people stick their kids up on horses and let them loose in the warm up arena with no former rules on passing,turning,or staying out of other horses butts (had one little girls horse almost get kicked in the face because she couldn't control it and he ran up a kickers butt.
And lastly would have to be agree upon with the loose kids around the horses
     
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    03-15-2011, 08:17 PM
  #22
Weanling
Yes, I hate riders who ride up my horses a$$. It really bothers both my geldings...so I started putting red ribbions in there tails to try and keep them away but it's annoying because some people don't even seem to know what it means.

I also can't stand it when Im OBVISOULY schooling circles in my own little corner of the warm up ring and someone just rides right through it so I either have to stop or get out of there way...ugh!
     
    03-15-2011, 08:20 PM
  #23
Trained
Funny how it seems to be certain disciplines that have red ribbons. I can not say I have ever seen one at an NRHA show. I do know that if your horse kicks out at anouther horse you will be excused from the warm up pen and if they do it in a class it is a -5 points.
     
    03-15-2011, 08:34 PM
  #24
Foal
I do showjumping so not really part of reining!! But there are a few things that irritate me!!
At 1 show was ran into twice by 1 horse then another was smacked several times hard for stopping yer me that doesn't smack my horse because because errr 1 she doesn't need it and 2 she might throw me on the floor in protest!! because this horse was smacked my horse had a compleate turn!! Ended up with us both going in the ring very flustered!!
People that cut you up!! Cut across the landing line as you aproaching..
People that let there horses either run up your horses arse or run alongside too close errr basically because this results in a bucking fit rather not do stunt riding before I go in the ring!!
Ok not really the riders fault but horses in the warm up at the same time as me that stop or have fences (I don't meen just have them kick them into next week!!) basically because errr my princess doesn't like it!! The stopping upsets her think it's because she wouldn't dream of it and thinks it's very naughty!! And the noise of a pole coming down not a good thing for her especially if she's too near when it happens!!
     
    03-15-2011, 09:17 PM
  #25
Started
Things that bother me at my shows...There are 3 things at my shows that bother me.

1. People who allow their children to attempt to run under my horse's belly while he's tied(literally turned my back for one second to fix something and some kid was halfway under his belly...i normally don't yell at people's kids but you can bet I did this one his mom just gave me a dirty look and led him away mumbling about how uptight I was)

2. There is this one lady at my shows EVERYONE has dubbed her "the crazy lady" she's constantly bringing hot hot hot horses that she bought from the auction a week before and running them ragged at the shows. (these are little backyard shows so there are beginners to advanced riders here) she has no concern for space and has hit my horse a good couple dozen times and other people's horses too. We all tell her to control her horse (even though it's not his/her fault) but she just gives us nasty looks and rides away only to do it again an hour or so later.

3. People who allow their horses to just walk around loose even when that horse causes trouble for horses at other trailers.
     
    03-15-2011, 11:04 PM
  #26
Weanling
We're pretty new at this but my number 1 is kids running ammuck. I think that parents that bring their kids to the show NEED to teach them how to behave around large animals. Running, screaming, throwing things, and ducking under the horses belly or neck (saw that this weekend) is NOT the horse owner's issue, but who will get blamed when their kid gets hurt by a horse in these situations?

My number 2 is people (particularly kids) riding around the cars. I know that at many shows part of the parking lot is the holding area. Fine, be in the saddle there, but not riding between cars, jogging and loping up and down the driveway, etc. It's dangerous for the rider and the horse.

These are things that are dangerous and that's what bothers me. If an adult doesn't want to have a connection, or take care of themself, that's their own business, but their kids should be taught how to be safe around horses, both in the saddle and on the ground.
     
    03-15-2011, 11:14 PM
  #27
Weanling
I'm not a western rider, but in the dressage ring, these are my pet peeves:

1. Lack of personal awareness - People riding too close behind you, people brushing against you as they pass, or being whacked with someone else's dressage whip.
2. Lack of communication - If your not in the mood to follow the 'left on left' rule, please tell me.
3. People randomly stopping in the middle of a busy ring, for whatever reason. Strolling over to an empty corner, or out of the way is fine.
4. Kids in general annoy me...a crying child beside the ring as your trying to hear your reader is very inconvenient....
     
    03-16-2011, 06:54 AM
  #28
Trained
NRHA-I have never seen a red ribbon at a show either, unless perhaps Pony Club or 4-H. I have one who is "sensitive" about his personal space, shall we say. Knowing this, I would never consider showing him in a flat class where the expectation is that other horses are close to you, passing you, etc. Unless it was a schooling show. Just me, but I don't need the aggravation. Again=I am there to have fun.
As far as others "smacking" their horses when schooling, or stopping at fences-that is what warm ups are for, and if your horse gets upset at those behaviors, perhaps you need to do more training at home. Your horse should be paying more attention to you and what you are asking than everyone else. JMHO.

Warm ups-in any discipline-always give me "crabby pants". As I get older, my tolerance for stupidity decreases.
     
    03-16-2011, 11:10 AM
  #29
Trained
You think warm up pens are hectic at a regular show. You should come and warm up at an NRHA show.
     
    03-16-2011, 11:37 AM
  #30
Weanling
As annoying as it is when people crowd your horse when you're riding, doesn't at least half of the responsibility fall to the touchy horse's trainer/rider? If your horse can't deal with other horses (or people) being around it, then I would think that's something the rider needs to work on. Mishaps are going to happen, and other horses will bump into yours from time to time-I should think it's your job to prepare your own horse to deal with that. I'm not trying to single out anyone here, but before being so quick to blame other people for running into your horse, stop and think about your own actions and your own responsibility. Though yes, if people can't control their horses and are going to be running around ramming into other riders, then they definitely have something to be working on with their horses.
     

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