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post #1 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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My poor boy!

We used Gaylen to take a family on a trail ride today. The mother had ridden before, but the dad and son had only ridden once on a corporate trail ride, (think nose to tail rides). So we put the son on Scout, a 20 year old morgan/QH cross, the mom on Brady, a 4 year old German Warmblood (he is amazing for being so young) and the dad on my boy Gaylen, a 16 year old Appy. If anyone would have problems it would have been Brady, but he is usually good so we weren't worried.

So we set them out on their ride, the BO and one of the trainers went, I stayed back to do chores. They come back an hour and half later and the dad is spitting mad. The BO helps him dismount and he practically throws the reins to me and says, "Your horse is terrible! He needs more training." I was taken aback, I mean we put beginners and small children on him ALL the time with no issues. I asked him what the problem was and he showed me his expensive penny loafers and how they were "Scuffed" because my demon horse rubs his leg against a tree. I just apologized, I didn't know what else to say.

After they left the BO looks at me and says, "Poor Gaylen, that man was nuts. He kept cursing at Gaylen because he wouldn't 'walk straight'. And then started screaming when he brushed him against a tree."

Now Gaylen would never intentionally hurt someone, he just doesn't understand that he gets taller and wider with a rider. But it was the mans job to steer him, not let him do whatever he wanted. And as far as walking straight, he was just avoiding rocks and overly muddy patches.

He wasn't bad, and that man treated him awful. Poor Gaylen was confused at what he did wrong. That man was just lucky he was on Gaylen, because most horses would have spooked if he started screaming like he did. It just really irked me.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 06:08 PM
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Just consider the source, loafers on a trail ride?? Give that sweet boy some scritches and a nice flake or three of hay- trust me, he knew the man was an idiot when he sat foot in the stirrup.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Just consider the source, loafers on a trail ride?? Give that sweet boy some scritches and a nice flake or three of hay- trust me, he knew the man was an idiot when he sat foot in the stirrup.
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Everyone at the barn loved him up pretty good, and he got a cookie for being so patient. IDK what he was thinking wearing loafers on a trail ride, but he was obviously a non-horsey person.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 07:47 PM
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I think the one that was terrible and needed more training wasn't the horse... Of course, you know what happens to HORSES that aren't trainable... LOL

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 08:30 PM
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You have to be prepared for this if you let your horse out for public hire.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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You have to be prepared for this if you let your horse out for public hire.
It just shocked me I suppose. He's been doing this for 3 years and this was the first time someone didn't instantly fall in love with him. The BO who has been doing this for 10 years said she never experienced ANYONE like this. Most people who come out at least like horses a little.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 10:38 PM
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Make sure to include a dress code when people book to come ride........

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