Today, my boyfriend came out with me to the stable. He does this about once a month and has done it for about the two+ years we've been together. Today was the second time he's ever ridden my horse/any horse. I love his innocence and can't help but laugh at silly things he doesn't understand that I take for granted
Like when I said "Can you grab the black western saddle out of the tack room?" He came back a couple minutes later empty-handed and said "But there are two black saddles in the tack room. Which one?" And so I said "The western
saddle, remember? The other is English." He stood there, blank-faced, until I asked "You don't know what that is, do you?" And got the response "No..."
Even funnier, when I handed him the halter and asked if he could go get my horse for me, he confidently walked off holding the halter upside down. Just to check, I asked over my shoulder, "You know how to put that on, right?" and he goes "Yes, this part-" *holding up noseband* "-goes over her ears. Right?"
And my favorite of the whole day! As we were leaving, I asked if he wanted to wash his hands. He asked "Where?" and I answered "the hose." A look of pure horror crossed his face, and he said "No, are you crazy? That water is freezing
!" So I walked over and washed my hands in the freezing water hose while he looked on in shock. Mind you, it was about 60 degrees F outside today with very beautiful weather, so it's not like I was turning myself into an icicle. I told him he was being a weeny and he got a little upset, city boy
I love that he is so willing to learn about horses and riding. My mare is an absolute babysitter to him and they adore each other. But I can't help but laugh sometimes!
What have non-horsey people done when you've brought them to the stable?