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post #11 of 12 Old 05-13-2013, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm let's see... I can't really remember any barn/horse snobs when I used to board my horse (I was like 12). Although I do remember a gal who boarded two horses at the same barn as me, one she gamed & the other she jumped. Well the jumper ended up getting sick with something & passed away. Well her mother bought her a very cute little TB mare, probably a bit much for the girl, & she REFUSED to ride this horse. Said she didn't want to ride english anymore. Hrm - sure your mom wished you had decided that BEFORE buying the horse & keeping her for a month.

Then I took lessons at a barn that considered itself VERY high scale. The BO was a complete moron. She rode all her lesson horses into the ground, but then didn't want you jumping them because well hey - they'll probably break down from too much work. She would take horses she had in training that were freshly started under saddle and ride them DURING your lesson. They pretty much preferred to give group lessons so there would be 4 other horses in a relatively small arena with inexperienced riders (I got grouped in the adult beginners and was not happy -_-). She would give lessons to her son at the same time lessons were going on and would make the people PAYING for their lessons either stop or be constricted to one part of the arena. I do remember her actually stopping my lesson & making us all stand in the middle of the arena while she had him jumping. THEN she proceeded to lecture me one day that to have a nice jumper it really needed to be a $10,000 horse. That you didn't take cheap horses and turn them into good horses that could do bigger shows.

The worst though? I boarded my Arab in '08 over the winter so we could continue her Dressage training. Towards the end of us being there we got a new boarder who had just purchased her first horse. She was an adorable 3-4yo Paint x Draft mare who had been Amish raised. Very, very sweet mare who would do anything, yet was still very green. The gal had actually been kicked out of the barn she had been taking lessons at for years because she purchased this horse & didn't buy one of theirs (or buy something through them). Felt kinda sorry for her. That is until I watch her ride this mare. Don't get me wrong this girl was a great rider, but had absolutely no patience towards this mare. She would yank her mouth, excessively use the whip on her. It was disgusting. I watched her attempt to force this mare over 2ft jumps EVERY ride. The mare would refuse & she would slap the crap outta her with her crop. It was just absolutely heartbreaking to watch this mare turn into a nervous wreck because she was so confused. Eventually the trainer told her that she needed to give the mare 30 days off & then she would work with her because she was ruining the poor horse. Last I had heard after I left she'd gotten kicked out because the trainer was sick of the way she treated the horse.
I remember the first time I yanked a horse in the mouth... When my current horse was my lesson horse years ago, I didn't own her and she was a pig about the reins, I had been busy training my dog for the week and that included yanking my dog's leash by reflex. So... when my horse would lean a bit or pull, I yanked her hard. WOO that was one of the few times I've ever seen that trainer angry!
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post #12 of 12 Old 05-13-2013, 12:21 PM
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i put a student on tack room duty after something like that the other day. she was trotting and couldnt keep her hands down and kept jerking her horse in the mouth, so the horse kept stopping, thinking she wanted him to stop. she whaled on that pony with her crop and yanked his head around and threw an all out tantrum after about twenty minutes of me yelling about putting her hands down to let him have his head. cleaning tack adn sweeping was the rest of her lesson.
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