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post #151 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 01:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Faye83 View Post
Ok, I cannot stand people who have saddles that dont fit properly, decide just to double pad and then wonder why their horse is bucking and has a sore back.
Also cant stand people who think horse people are rich and snotty, not every horse person has a stick up their rear and seriously, horses are expensive so if I have one then I am probably more broke then the average person!
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post #152 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 02:40 AM
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Ok . I just spent some time removing a silly spat between mostly horseychick and Muppet girl. I think it's partly the nature of these kind of threads that encourages the worst in people. Honestly, I just hate these kind of "what do you really hate about ?" No good can come of it because you'll be bound to step on someone's toes when what you hate is the very thing that's important to them.

Can you please leave off this spat, at least?
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post #153 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 06:49 AM
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I rarely chime in on these types of threads, but there are two issues here that I simply can't leave alone.

Calling yourself a "professional" means you make your *living* and support yourself by working with horses. (not the USEF definition, I know.). That definition for me means you're not living with your parents or grandparents, not getting free pasture board at a relative's house and that you actually behave like a business person. If you call yourself a professional, you better be able to produce a list of accomplishments or an income statement.

It GRINDS MT GEARS when someone throws that word around casually, as if it means the same thing as knowledgable or expert. It doesn't.

There are many knowledgable and expert horsepeople who are also amateurs, no problems there. But don't call yourself a professional when your EVERY post on this forum indicates the exact opposite.

Next, the gadget-y stirrups. I haven't tried most of them, though I think the magnet ones might make sense over GP size fences. I do own a pair of the original Herm Sprengers. MY next pair will have the 90 degree turn. I am a 54 year old EX professional with an instructor's certification. Back in the day, I rode anywhere from 5 - 14 horses a day. I have one total knee replacement and need the other done. I have shattered my right ankle and it is held together by screws wire and bone grafts. If I didn't ride in the gadgety stirrups, riding would be too painful.

Go ahead, tell me that I ride in the Herm Sprengers because I'm lazy and ride like crap. Go ahead. Just be prepared to share YOUR professional résumé first. And be sure to tell the dozens of other professionals who ride in them because they allow them to ride more horses with less fatigue.

What else GRINDS MY GEARS? Clueless young backyard horsepeople ranting about things the lack the experience or judgement to understand or the discretion to keep quiet about.

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post #154 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 08:52 AM
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Maura - AMEN!!
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post #155 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 08:57 AM
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Hey, how's your new truck? Quad cab, right? Roomy?
I'm in love. I drove my friend's car last night, and I felt like my butt was buzzing on the ground and the mirrors were too small. Her car is very nice, and it handled great (forgot what it is like having a good turning radius!!!)... But I was happy to be back in my truck after..
I adore my truck. Quad cab, check. It's an Avalanche so more spacious cab and shorter box. I've told Rich I need a trailer now, as it's all ready to go with a tow package!
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post #156 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:08 AM
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If I didn't ride in the gadgety stirrups, riding would be too painful.
That's exactly the reason I use the 'gadgety' stirrups too, Maura. Over 3 decades of riding, farm work and just normal wear and tear on my body have made it painful for me to ride in hard irons any longer.

If I tried to use hard irons now, I'd be in crippling pain and have to get off the horse after 1/2 hour. With the flexible stirrups I can literally ride for hours, the way I used to when I was a fresh young thing.

I hardly think my using flex stirrups makes me a *[email protected]&^ rider, although I can't be called a professional anything, except perhaps a professional amateur!

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post #157 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:19 AM
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Nothing wrong with being an ammy, I currently am one myself.

You know the old hunter world defintion of amateur? The three Fs - fearful, fat and forty.

In my case, it's fat and fifty.
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post #158 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:28 AM
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Hey, me too!

I prefer to think of it as being cautious. We know the consequences of our actions now. All of my old consequences come back to haunt me on a regular basis, especially when it's going to rain or snow or when I try to ride in hard irons!

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post #159 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:38 AM
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I'm not entirely sure what the OP meant but I know people who buy good horses, play about with them, dont ride them properly, blame it on everyone else when they go wrong and then YES they do pass them on like toilet paper
Thats not the same thing as buying horses to train and sell (I spent many years making a living doing that) or selling competition horses if you move up a level etc.
I see it more as an easy come easy go sort of idea and the horses are treated as nothing more than a pair of shoes you get bored with or they arent comfortable or suitable for the purpose and you want a new pair and dump the old ones.
These sort of people usually create problem horses not fix them
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post #160 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:46 AM
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Maura, love your post. If I could like it a dozen times I would! What if you are only in your 30s and thinking about getting EZ ride stirrups for knee pain? There's days I'm in the saddle for a lot of hours. Guess I should I send home training horses and cancel lessons?

What grinds my gears? A few things. Disrespectful and/or whiny students, they don't last long with me. I won't ask any student to do anything that they aren't capable of, so I don't do no or I can't. I'll try is the right answer even if it's something just a hair out of comfort zone. Talk back to me, you'll find a new instructor. I have a waiting list, I don't have to put up with it and I won't. Parents that complain after you don't place their child first in a class, despite having blown leads and no back (just a couple examples). Had a mom actually file a grievance about me over her daughter not winning her hms class even though she blew a lead in her pattern work, get real lady. The reasoning, her kid should have won because she paid 30k for the horse. Sorry but the $500 horse that the kid winning the class was on and trained herself nailed the pattern ;)

Parents that overhorse their children, a lot of times due to lack of knowledge. Brings me to the next one, picking up a cheap auction special or unbroke/green broke/totally unsuitable horse for your first horse just because it's cheap and sounds like fun to have a horsey in the backyard. I see so many wrecks at 4-H shows especially that could have been prevented had the parents thought about what they were doing and got help to find the right horse and some schooling for themselves and their children.

That's it for now, I have too many to list and don't want to spoil my good mood

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