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post #11 of 230 Old 10-22-2010, 09:44 PM
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I have pet peeves....not pet peves. Not sure what a peve is to be honest.

-People who stay on the rail when other people are jumping. Get out of the way in case I need to go where you are standing.

-Kids who talk to much at the beginning of a lesson when they should be warming up their ponies/horses. (Other then the fact I end up getting more one on one with the coach because they arent ready.)

-Coaches who dont explain things well to someone who doesnt know how to do something, or is new to something.

-People who dont clean up their horses poop and hoof crud before going into the arena and leaving it in the aisle. Someone else might need to use that spot.

-Lesson programs that do not have enough horses that students can ride several horses all the time.

I have more then that, but these are the ones that came to mind first....

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post #12 of 230 Old 10-22-2010, 09:57 PM
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People who hang on their horse's mouths, ride the brakes, pull back all the time, use a wicked bit with rough get the idea!

I am always one of the first ones to say the strength of the bit is in the hands of the rider, but then I am assuming everyone rides careful and has soft hands. Then I see photos (even in popular horse magazines) and people are riding the brakes and not giving their horse any slack- even western riders in curb bits. Ack! I ride western, I ride in curbs, but for heaven's sake give your horse a slack rein, the bit you are using could stop a train!

So yeah, that is my main pet peeve!

Another pet peeve is people who ride their horses a couple times a month and then get mad at their horse when it is energetic and full of pep. If the horse never gets out, what do they expect!???

PS. I know this is in the "English" section, but I think this subject surpasses disciplines. Has anyone seen the recent "Weaver Leather" ad with a barrel racer that just came out in some of the latest magazines? The ad is for their new saddle pads? Anyway, I know barrel racers feel they need some strong bits, but this gal seems to have a heck of a tight pull on this poor horse and the bit she is using is a twisted wire curb/gag bit. You see the curb action fully in function pulling back on the horse's mouth (with the twisted wire showing) and the rider has a heck of a grip on the reins. I KNOW the ad is for the saddle pads, but I cringed looking at the gal's grip on the reins. I can't imagine how the corners of the horse's mouth survive without getting all tore up in a bit like that with that much pull going on.

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Sorry Velvets AB *pet peeves P:

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post #14 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 02:25 AM
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People who talk to you like you know nothing about horses because you aren't handling the horse the way they would.
People who work their horses really hard, and then put them away dripping wet, hot, and breathing hard.
People who don't ask if they can approach my horse, or feed her or whatever, and just come up and do it, and then wonder why I get a little upset, in my case because I know that my mare can still be a little unpredictable, and if something startles her, I don't want someone standing right next to her getting run over because they think that my horse is just as sweet and quiet as the Quarter Horse next door, and then getting mad at me for not warning them (and yes has happened before).
A big one for me, people who walk into the stalls of horses they don't know without the owners permission, and they aren't the BO, or someone in charge, for any reason other than a serious medical problem that needs immediate hands on care. I have had people walk into stalls because the horse threw their hay onto the ground, and the person felt the need to pick up the hay themselves, some people because "Oh, I just thought that it was okay to randomly walk into a horse's stall, or because I just wanted to pet the horse but he wouldn't come up to the fence so I went over to him.
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post #15 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 02:29 AM
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I hate it when people get "scared" when their horse turns or starts to trot and they drop their reins and cling to the horse's mane or the saddle horn, then start crying and saying the horse is uncontrollable.

I hate it when people make their horses act up on purpose to show off.

I hate it when people show off in general.

I hate it when people outside the arena make clucking/kissing noises at my horse while I'm riding. <--THIS IS A BIG ONE URGHHH I AM RIDING NOT YOU

I hate it when I tell someone to squeeze with their heels, and they barely move their leg (you know, that half-hearted bump they do with their calf).

I hate it when people have to have EVERY SINGLE STIMULUS IN SIGHT removed before they ride (i.e., if there's a jacket hanging on the fence, they refuse to go in the arena till it's gone).

I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...
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post #16 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 08:48 AM
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I can't stand it when people will drop their reins and bawl their eyes out because their horse tosses it's head. Give me a break. My horse reared and rebroke my finger in the middle of a test and I didn't cry (well I did when I found out that I'd need a plate in it..) so take a teaspoon of cement and harden the hell up!

Students that don't listen or do the opposite of what I've said.

When people sook after being bitten by my horse after annoying him despite the "Do not approach, horse bites" signs and numerous lead ropes tied to the gate to keep him in the stall.

People who will just randomly walk up to the dressage arena while I'm in a test, start talking loudly/flapping coats/calling out/waving plastic bags and then wonder why my horse has reared and now standing there looking at them shaking.

People who cut others off in the warm up arena.

I'm sure that I have way more than that, but I can't think of them now.

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post #17 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
Oh gosh......let's see....

- People who use gadgets all the time when they ride. Example, standing martingales, german martingales and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc

- People who use gadgets and have no idea how to correclty ride to coorespond with that particular gadget. Thinking they are doing good, when instead they are making the horse go backwards

- People who blame their horse for "My horse refused the fence" or "My horse is really strong and powerful, how do I fix him?" etc, etc instead of stopping and looking at themselves for the fault and the cause of the results they are getting.

- Riders who make their horses conform to them, instead of them learning to conform to the horse

- Riders who throw stronger bits into their horses mouths to solve a problem

- Riders who stay on the rail. Get off the rail and learn how to use the arena to your advantage.

- People who jump all the time.

- People who start young horses too early, and people who are jumping their horses at the age of 3-4 already doing 3'0" - 4'0".

- Uneducated Coaches, coaches who don't take lessons themselves, or ride and compete themselves - turning out uneducated riders.
Lol these are all my pet peeves, in a nut shell. Just to add a few -

-People who don't show any respect in the warm-up arena; i.e. running through your circle, expecting everyone to make way for them, ignoring other riders' signals as to where they're going, etc.

-People who rub your mistakes in your face, hello I have a trainer to tell me what I'm doing wrong, I don't need you to make snide comments.

-Sore losers; "Oh my horse was just having a bad day there's no way you could beat me when he's feeling good." (Yes, I have had someone tell me that.)

-Breed discrimination; "Your horse will never win because he's a paint" or other such silly comments. Wake up kiddos, we're eventers, the judges don't give a hoot about breed or colors.

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post #18 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 12:45 PM
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Not releasing over fences.

Pulling on the reins.

Leaning forward.

Obese people riding, it happens a lot. It's only fine if the horse is big enough for them!

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.

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I personally can't stand when peoples leg fly back over jumps, when someone hauls back on the reins over a jump instead of releasing, people who brag, make excuses. I HATE HATE HATE when people always blame it on their horse, or when they can't talk about anything but themselves >.< If I ever catch myself doing one of these things I will scream.

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post #20 of 230 Old 10-23-2010, 01:19 PM
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Some other people said this, but I agree with this one:

When people cut you off in the warm up ring!!!! AHH!! It drives me insane! I have a friend who does it all the time and doesn't even acknowledge that she did it!

Sure, I've cut people off before, but I always say sorry! I feel bad about it, so I'm always like 'Sorry! I didn't mean to cut your off!' My friend has cut me off in a way that I was cantering and I had to STOP MY HORSE in like 2 seconds so I wouldn't run into her... grr...

I also don't like when people are crap riders but have great horses so they can do everything that they want. They don't even look at their equitation because apparently an expensive horse means that equitation doesn't matter. Hmm, I wasn't aware of that rule. I don't have 35k to spend on a horse, so I have to work at least twice as hard for the same payoff. Hopefully it all evens out in the end...

I don't like people who jump and barely do any flatwork because "Well jumping is just soo fun, I really want to do it!" even though at the last show they practically got bucked off because the couldn't handle their horse while jumping a course that was only 2'3". So yeah, let's push the envelope to 2'6", what could possibly go wrong?!?!

I had more but I can't remember them now lol

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