I ride in shorts and fatbabys, sometimes.
I don't know how to fix a fence. I once made an impromptu bailing twine fence when my goat pulled one of ours down, because I didn't have the skill set to fix it (it was only for an hour or two, until a manly man could come help me).
I don't even know how to start a riding lawn mower.
I guess I'm horse ignorant.
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I brought up the point of the Fatbabys (and the tennis shoes) because they are not safe to ride in. The real Fatbabys don't actually have a heel on the bottom of the boot, so it will not prevent your foot from sliding through the stirrup in a wreck. Obviously it is a free world and you can chose to ride in tennis shoes or no-heel Fatbabys if you so please. But I think most everyone on here would generally agree that tennis shoes are not safe to ride in, because they don't have a heel.
Ignorant? I didn't call anyone ignorant. They are anything but, because when they do ask questions they are genuinely interested and want to learn more.
For example: I will always either cold hose or ice my horse Red's back left leg because it still is just a teeny bit swollen (this is the leg that had a nasty injury back in January from smooth wire and a "perfect" environment; goes to show accidents still happen even when the horse's environment is immaculate). He's been lameness checked and sound to ride, but I still like to cold hold or ice that leg after I ride him. It seems to help with a mild swelling. So when we got done riding last night, I had Red's ice boot on that leg while I was untacking him, brushing him, etc like I normally do after a ride. "Bob" came over and asked me what that was for. So I explained it to him. As I said, really nice guy and I wouldn't label him or any of the others ignorant at all. You just don't know what you don't know. I would consider an ignorant horse person to be someone who knows there is a better way to do something and a better way to treat/train a horse, but chooses not to learn about it and continue using worse ways on purpose. For example, maybe someone who knows their saddle does not fit their horse, knows it is hurting them, but doesn't want to take the time to learn about proper saddle fit and doesn't want to actually get a better fitting saddle. That would be my definition of ignorant. If Bob was ignorant, he wouldn't have asked me what my ice boot was for.
the thing is , Beau, when you post thread that is mainly about describing how ridiculous someone else's actions are, then it really has no where to go but bad. I mean, what is your point?
I can understand how pleasing it is to be able to help someone. Maybe if you'd left it at that people would not see this as a thread mainly for making fun of someone else's ignorance.
No, I didn't have a point. But then am I not allowed to come on here and express what's on my mind? That doesn't seem fair since everyone else does. Yes, I know, people can get the wrong impression on an internet forum (words lose some of their meaning without facial expression and hand gestures), but I'm a big girl. I'm not going to run home and cry if someone takes my post the wrong way.
Where was I "making fun" of people? I was just telling some of the events that have happened since I have been there. Some of them unsafe, like riding in tennis shoes, but mostly just stuff that I maybe did at one point of my life, but have now learned some of the better ways to do things. A good example is the Tom Thumb. There was a time in my life when I had no idea what a poorly designed bit it was. Now I know. They don't. Although I tried to explain it to them and educate them on it.
Maybe if I had called them "idiots" and "stupid people" and "shouldn't have horses because they don't know how to take care of them" and "I can't believe they don't know these basic things", then yes, by all means I would have been making fun of them. But I can't share a story about things that did happen? Again, you don't know what you don't know. Just like I don't know what I don't know. If Stacy Westfall would ever see my riding, I'm sure she'd cringe at the things I don't know, just like I'm cringing at the other boarders. But I do
know a few things.
Sounds like you are in a good place surrounded by friendly people though... I hope you have found a happy home...
Yes, I very much like it there. I was a little worried with the move because I had the best place
ever before this one. I only moved because of drive time. That's the only reason. But I do really like this new place. And I love it even more that it takes me 2 minutes
to get to my horses. Yup, that's two minutes.