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post #161 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 09:54 AM
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i hate when people think its easy to ride my horse or i havent had to put any hard work into her because she is well bred. or think i beat them because of that. when in fact i work 50X harder than them and dont try to force my horse to do things they physically cannot do. i got my horse basically unhandled, so anything she knows i taught her thank you very much.

ok rant over. this was a lot about some people at my barn not anyone on here =]
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MHFoundation, no matter the sport we call them Hockey Moms, even if it's a man. They live vicariously thro the child and it's always the coach's fault. There is never any consideration for the pressure they have put on the child until it's a nervous wreck. And we all know nervous wrecks don't win. If you think you get crap when the kid doesn't win, think of what the kid gets and often publicly, never as a discussion at home.



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post #163 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 10:22 AM
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I know what you mean gypsygirl. People think that my gelding is automatically good because he's pretty... being a decent sized (15 HH), and pure black. I think it's his color that does it.
Where as when I bought a sorrel QH/Arabian. I must have got a miracle horse, because he was fairly well trained, and he was part ARABIAN!!! Horror of horrors! Nope, just took a lot of work, patience, and understanding.
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What gets me is people and kids who have a sense of self entitlement. I don't care if you're stinking rich and have people to wipe your butt for you. Pick up a broom and sweep your mess in the cross ties. Don't just sit and text while watching people do all the barn work. Get off your behind and help out while you're waiting for your drive.

Whiney kids who complain they "can't do it" and sit in the middle of the ring and sulk. I actually kick kids out of my lessons if they pull that with me.

If you are in a lesson and are watching someone else go and waiting for your turn, keep your feet in your stirrups, sit up tall and pay attention. I hate seeing people slouching on their horse off in la la land.

And last but not least. People who get on their soap box and rant and b***h about things other people do without knowing why and how they do it. Stop judging other peoples actions and grow the hell up. If I want to use a piece of tack that you don't know the actual reason behind using it shut up and mind your own business.

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What grinds my gears (hehe - I think of Family Guy everytime I read that) are people who assume my horse can not be touched or handled because he is a mustang or that he must look plain and scruffy due to it.

Also people who act like they know everything.
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post #166 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 11:07 AM
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What grinds my gears (hehe - I think of Family Guy everytime I read that) are people who assume my horse can not be touched or handled because he is a mustang or that he must look plain and scruffy due to it.

Also people who act like they know everything.
Know how to tell if someone is a know it all?

They'll tell you...



What grinds my gears is going out to hang with the horses in the pasture just to be out there and having them nudge me out of the way to get to the hay only accessible from where I'm standing at the hay ring.
Rude...I tell you...

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post #167 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 12:35 PM
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I highly, highly, highly doubt any of the riders endorsing the fancy stirrups need them. They endorse them because they tried them, they agree that it certainly won't harm anyone's riding, has a good chance of helping the average rider AND most importantly... the manufacturer of said product pays them a buttload of $$$ to use and endorse them!

If someone offered me a wheelbarrow full of cash to use their product and it worked as well or better than what I was currently using...I'd be all for it! Who wouldn't!?
https://www.google.com/search?q=gran...w=1241&bih=584

Go to this page and check out the photos. You will see many of the pro riders using "fancy" stirrups. Yes, some may have been sponsored by the companies, but some may be using them for those "just in case" situations.

Lower legs can slide back for a variety of reasons. For some riders, it is just their style. This style does make losing a stirrup more likely to happen. Does mean that they are not effective and gifted riders? Absolutely not!! To use such stirrups as a safety measure is no problem at all.

Do you use a saddle with knee rolls or thigh blocks? Do you use reins with lacing or rubber? Do you use no-slip saddle pads? Do you use a breastplate or martingale? Do you use boots on your horse's legs? None of these enhance performance. They are simply "just in case" measures.

Ranting against using safety equipment is foolish, IMO. Maybe it is because they are too expensive to get them yourself? Maybe it is because snooty girls in your barn are using them as a status symbol? Who knows why you have decided safety equipment is such a bad idea.

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post #168 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 12:40 PM
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https://www.google.com/search?q=gran...w=1241&bih=584

Go to this page and check out the photos. You will see many of the pro riders using "fancy" stirrups. Yes, some may have been sponsored by the companies, but some may be using them for those "just in case" situations.

Lower legs can slide back for a variety of reasons. For some riders, it is just their style. This style does make losing a stirrup more likely to happen. That does not mean that they are not effective and gifted riders? Absolutely not!! To use such stirrups as a safety measure is no problem at all.

Do you use a saddle with knee rolls or thigh blocks? Do you use reins with lacing or rubber? Do you use no-slip saddle pads? Do you use a breastplate or martingale? Do you use boots on your horse's legs? None of these enhance performance. They are simply "just in case" measures.

Ranting against using safety equipment is foolish, IMO. Maybe it is because they are too expensive to get them yourself? Maybe it is because snooty girls in your barn are using them as a status symbol? Who knows why you have decided safety equipment is such a bad idea.
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post #169 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 12:59 PM
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IMO I find that most of the fancy stirrups impede my riding and I prefer to use plain fillis irons.
Others feel otherwise - that's great for them. I find if I use any of the jointed stirrups I will be in pain afterwards so if someone would like me to ride their horse it will be in the equipment of my choice. I also prefer smooth leather reins, flatter dressage saddles and have recently mostly stopped using boots and leg wraps on my horse. So again - it is all up to preference. I'm not judging anyone for using fancy stirrups, I usually just cringe and feel my knees ache.

I have a lot of things that bug me but more and more I try to just ignore them and go about my business in peace. The thing that probably irks me the most are people that "must have" the flavor of the month saddle, bridle, etc.. and are just mindless consumers without thinking of their horse's health. Air filled panels on poorly fit "custom" saddles are the biggest culprit. My bridles are 15 years old, my saddle is a "classic" brand and my horses are happy and if they're not, then I change something. Buying a new saddle every year and subscribing to this thought that every month you must have the saddle fitter out is a bit crazy to me. I have experienced professionals who work on and with me on my horses and if they feel something is wrong we will change it. My horse won a CDI in a saddle purchased for him as a 5 year old. Imagine that with re stuffing the same horse can use the same saddle for a lifetime. That to me is not so far fetched as the saddle fitter "trained" by himself and who owns his own business adjusting a "custom" saddle by over 2" every month because of "changes to the horse's back". And each adjustment is $300. Yes "changes" to the "horses back" that have nothing to do with the company's bottom line...

Always remain a thinking horseman. If it aint broke don't fix it and if it sounds like the purpose is to line someone else's pocket book, it probably is. If it sounds dumb or far fetched, it probably is. Do what works for you and your horse and don't subscribe to any doctrine that requires consumption of kool aid or purchase of expensive tack. If everyone in the barn has the same brand of saddle, run. Not every horse in any barn is going to fit the same brand of saddle. Ever.

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post #170 of 192 Old 03-21-2013, 01:32 PM
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I only rode english b/c my daughter "did" hunter/jumper for a while. I actually thought/think the peacock stirrups were a great idea. I believe in quality, so I got her a used county saddle. No matter the discipline - you will see trash gear, and someone must be buying it. While it might be personal preference, I just cringe when I see nylon tack outside of halter on a horse, or see low quality. It isn't a matter of money, b/c anyone can spend just a little more and get quality - used.

On the other hand, there are those people that can afford the best of everything - brand new....and always look picture perfect - even on the trail! I don't know if I am jealous or mad at myself b/c I don't seem to be able to actually use and enjoy using my tack and keep it looking like it is ready for a magazine shot.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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