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post #1 of 94 Old 01-15-2020, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Non-horsey people

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?
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post #2 of 94 Old 01-15-2020, 08:32 PM
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Me, showing up for my very first lesson with a bagful of carrots, neatly scrubbed clean with tips and those little notches cut off - as you would for cooking. My instructor just asked me: “ You’re a city girl, aren’t you?”. I didn’t quite think of horses eating grass off actual dirt...
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My favourite of these moments:

I asked my fiance to help blanket the horses one morning. (Don't worry, I had planned to check his work!!) While he actually nailed the blanketing part -- wow!! -- he came up to me after doing one of the horses, looking very concerned.

"That one has a big bump on his underside. Is that supposed to be there? Do we need to call anybody?"

"A big bump... like, at the back, not quite between his legs, right in the middle?"

"...Yes."

"Well, I think HE might just always have that."

"Oh... Right..."
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post #4 of 94 Old 01-15-2020, 09:43 PM
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My nephew came to visit and we called the horses up. They each went into their stalls to eat. My nephew said, "Wow, they all go into their cages."

My daughter knows all about horses and I think she says this to be cute . . . but I think it is cute. She asks her friends if they have de-puffed their horses before they mount.
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My favourite of these moments:

I asked my fiance to help blanket the horses one morning. (Don't worry, I had planned to check his work!!) While he actually nailed the blanketing part -- wow!! -- he came up to me after doing one of the horses, looking very concerned.

"That one has a big bump on his underside. Is that supposed to be there? Do we need to call anybody?"

"A big bump... like, at the back, not quite between his legs, right in the middle?"

"...Yes."

"Well, I think HE might just always have that."

"Oh... Right..."


My boyfriend also nailed blanketing on the first try too!

Today when he came to the stable, he noted that there was "a lot of poop, like A LOT" in the common area in front of the hay racks, and got very concerned that no one ever picked it up. I said "Oh no, we pick that up every day. That's just how much four horses poop in 24 hours." He gave me a sideways glance in disbelief that had "I'm never owning horses" written all over it
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post #6 of 94 Old 01-15-2020, 11:27 PM
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I love the kids that live along some of the places I ride. They'll run up to about 10 feet away, then stop and ask if the can touch the horse (the South still teach their kids manners!). If there are no adults around, I'll dismount and have them approach one at a time to pet the shoulder. They get so excited, and they ask such cute questions: "His bed must be really big!". " Does he fetch? " "Did you adopt him from the pound?"

If the parents also come out, I'll offer to put the kid in the saddle for a picture op. I like to think that some of these kids might grow up to be riders.

it's funny though. Sometimes the adults are more nervous about the 1000 lb animal than the kids are.

Courage is taking just one more step...
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post #7 of 94 Old 01-16-2020, 12:51 AM
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My son in law called a girth a horse belt. I split my side laughing so hard and now refer to girths & cinches as such. Because, really, that's what they are!

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
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post #8 of 94 Old 01-16-2020, 01:05 AM
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Non-horsey adults always seem to have so much fear! The kiddos come up, but hesitate sticking their hands near the mouth when offering a carrot...

They never stop when I say "Whoa"


I asked one parent to hand me a the hoof pick and he had such a blank look! So I asked him to just hand me the tack box and I would get it...still a blank look! Meanwhile, I am bent over with a hoof in my hand Finally gave up and got it myself...

Many people have come up to tell me my horse was dead when it was laying in the sun sprawled out on their sides
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post #9 of 94 Old 01-16-2020, 02:44 AM
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A friend of mine started bringing his daughter for lessons at my yard in summer. Since it was warm, all the barn doors were always open so there was never any smell. First time he came after we started closing the doors: “What’s that smell?” Me: “It must be the squirrels 🙄”. Him: “What squirrels?” Me: “It’s horses, you oaf”.

My yard is very clean. The boxes are cleaned three times a day, but such big animals produce a lot of pee. When you close the doors on eight horses it has to smell at least a little.
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post #10 of 94 Old 01-16-2020, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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In high school I had a friend who had never seen a horse in real life. She had moved here from Uganda just a couple years before. I took her to the stable with me, and when she saw the first horse, her eyes flew wide and she audibly gasped and backed away. Imagine her shock when I told her that's the smallest pony in the whole stable She almost fainted when I showed her the warmbloods!
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