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post #1 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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I vow not to

This is just about the internet but it is horse related.

I have my pet peeves, anyone who has read very many of my posts knows that. I'm usually not stupid enough to talk about them in real life to horse people but now I'm upping my game and am going to try my hardest not to kvetch virtually either.

So I am listing them here just to get it all out of my system and then be silent!

1. Breeding for color, especially colors that have a potential to cause health issues (frame, silver dapple, etc.). But also, any time someone puts color or markings before conformation and temperament.

2. Breeding unsound horses because that is what wins, whether that be tiny feet, too-thin bones, crazy temperament, over-dished faces, bulging muscles, or anything else.

3. Hairy legs and feet. Again, it is something many people like looking at, but don't reflect so much about the problems it causes the horse in most climates. (there is a theme ...)

4. Western Pleasure. Nuff said.

5. The popularity of cart and draft horses for riding. Don't know why this bugs me so much.

6. How terrible Mini conformation is, saving the show Minis, a minority. Rarely see anything but clearly defective animals.

7. The way the Saddle Seat show world has distorted and conflated lines of quite distinct and perfectly good breeds until they are practically indistinguishable and all of them pretty useless for anything but Park-style showing -- Arabians, Saddlebreds, Morgans, American Show Horse.

8. Park style riding and driving, period. I have a visceral revulsion against it.

9. The culture of barrel racing, in which flailing your arms and legs like a crazy person, and astonishingly cruel bits, are perfectly normal. I'm not against barrel racing per se, just the acceptance of abusive riding.

10. Keeping horses in stalls with minimal or no turnout. I have a core belief that if you cannot keep an animal -- any animal at all -- in near-optimal conditions for that species, you just shouldn't. Walking down an aisle of a stable where all the horses live in near-darkness in boxes just big enough to turn around in for most of their days is so depressing to me.

I'm sure I have plenty of other gripes, but those are the ones that occur to me without any effort of thought. I am never going to mention them again. You are not going to find me offering my ridiculous unwanted opinions on any of these subjects on this forum. And that is my vow.

Moderators, if this is too inflammatory an OP, just delete it please. I just had to get it all off my chest once.

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post #2 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 01:12 PM
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Wow, let's add our own pet peeves.

11. People who ride a different discipline from you who climb all over you because you don't ride or train like they do . . . when your horse doesn't do what theirs does anyway.

12. People who pile on harsher bits, shorter tie-downs, more cranked tight girths, or any kind of hardware when their horses misbehave rather than figuring out WHY those horses are misbehaving.

13. People who don't feed their horses or get their feet or teeth taken care of.
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post #3 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 02:57 PM
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So, you won't mention them again? h m m . . . . That's a very hard vow to keep. The nature of Pet Peeves is that they just keep coming back. And this is quite an extensive Smorgasbord of them.
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post #4 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 02:59 PM
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14. Shaving horses so they look purdy, especially hair that has important sensory or protective functionality (whiskers, hair in ears)

14a. Fanatic "non-quitters," even though their efforts are to the detriment of the horse.

I find it difficult to disagree with anything mentioned so far.

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post #5 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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So, you won't mention them again? h m m . . . . That's a very hard vow to keep. The nature of Pet Peeves is that they just keep coming back. And this is quite an extensive Smorgasbord of them.
Well, y'all can hold me to it if you catch me breaking my promise.

Seriously, people are going to do what they want to do, and me jumping up and down like rumplestiltskin isn't going change anybody's mind except about me. I always imagine that my point of view is so researched and rational that once someone has the error of their preferences shown to them, they will gratefully thank me. Hasn't happened yet for some reason.

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post #6 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 03:08 PM
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15. respond to posters that already have prepared a defence against a non-existent mob

16. continue to not respond to threads where it's obvious that OP doesn't give a hoot about any advice given and continues the same even while complaining that nothing is working (I read these because I learn from them at least).

17. respond to posters where its painstakingly obvious that competition is more important than horse welfare

Hm. I like this thread. Let's get the ugly out!
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post #7 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 03:16 PM
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Well, y'all can hold me to it if you catch me breaking my promise.

Seriously, people are going to do what they want to do, and me jumping up and down like rumplestiltskin isn't going change anybody's mind except about me.
Well, no - not quite. People are going to do what they want to do, but usually they live in a bubble of like-minded people where they have picked up their bad habits. Exposing them to alternative points of view might disabuse them from the notion that what they do is "best practices." Sure, if you rant at someone one-on-one, it's just you. But if you voice your displeasure in a forum, like-minded people will usually hit you with "Likes" and/or add their own two cents in a similar vein.
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post #8 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 03:25 PM
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People who take on/purchase/adopt an animal (any animal really, but we are discussing horses here) that is beyond their capabilities. It hurts everyone in the long run, particularly if the owner doesn't recognize they're in over their heads.
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post #9 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 03:27 PM
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1) owners who can't be bothered to even attempt to change their practices even though they are slowly killing their horse - ie continuing to free feed in the winter and throw out on lush pasture horses with laminitis because meal feeding is too much work

2) owners who blindly follow some guru or internet trend without checking the references/validity to their horse/ or applying common sense
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post #10 of 108 Old 07-14-2019, 04:17 PM
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People who post threads without doing any searches. Do you know how many articles, videos, and threads there are out there on hard to catch horses or horses who don't respond to the leg?


"Natural is the only way". Can't have healthy shod feed. Blankets are harmful. Stalling (reasonable amounts) is cruel. Natural remedies vs proven medicine. Still mad about the body worker who told me to feed a teaspoon of a half a dozen different herbs to fix his lameness.
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