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post #1 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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New Horse Owner Problems...

This is kind of meant in jest-- but what are some thing you have done or did as a new horse owner that made you just go, "what in the world was I thinking?!"

I can share. Yesterday, a friend of mine and I went out for a nice Sunday trail ride. We get to the barn, grab some halters and off to the front pasture we go. We grab my horse, grab hers and start to tack up. I realize my mare is acting a little strange, nothing too alarming, just ya know-- being more jumpy than usual and not sitting still like she normally does. I mention it to my friend and we just kind of shrug it off and go along.

We decide to head up the drive to the back pasture and I mention it again to my friend that she just feels different, something is off. It kind of alarms me and when we get to the top of the hill with the gate, I jump down to open it and hand the reigns off for my friend to hold them. When she hands them back to me and I begin to lead her through the gate-- I look at her and realize-- this isn't my horse!! I was such a dummie and so busy chatting and catching up, I just grabbed the first black horse I saw... and she was a he ... next time I need to "check under the hood" I suppose.

Anyways-- we all had a good laugh and I about died from embarrassment. I took HIM on a short ride before returning him and saddling up my mare, who was acting like her usual self

Ah, rookie horse owners... right? I felt like I picked the wrong kid up from daycare!

So, share away!

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post #2 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:02 PM
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^^^ that's just too funny...LOL
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post #3 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:15 PM
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this isn't my horse!! !

That is hilarious

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post #4 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:19 PM
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The horse you grabbed was like, "ExCUSE me... do I know you?!!!" Hahahahaha!
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post #5 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:22 PM
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BTW, you don't have that problem with Paints!!
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post #6 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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The horse you grabbed was like, "ExCUSE me... do I know you?!!!" Hahahahaha!
Yeah, he was! And to top it all off, I was in the barn tacking him up when a lady walked in asking me about my horse and I'm all like, "she is this and she is that and she is great.. blah--diddy--blah-blah-blah"

I'm sure that woman was thinking to her self, this lady is a figgin idiot!
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post #7 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 12:28 PM
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Awesome - just way too funny...laughing out of my chair.
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post #8 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 01:43 PM
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Please be more careful in the future and try and find a way to reach out to the owner of the horse you rode and apologize.

What's funny for you may not be funny for the owner at all. While you would not have intended to, you may have started to undo some of the training that this horse has, just because you are a novice and now the owner is going to have to fix it. There's also the possibility that the saddle you used didn't fit well and now this horse is sore.

What's worse is that you or the horse could have gotten hurt, and it would have been the owners or the horse that would be responsible. So many horses are NOT forgiving or well broke, this could have ended very differently.

Many owners move barns for reasons like this, their horse gets ridden without their permission and it is very troubling for people. Think of how worried this person may be when they come out next and see sweat marks from a saddle. This could cause a huge fuss in your barn when they try and find who did this. It would be best to contact your barn owner and explained what happened, that it was a complete accident and you won't do so again.
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post #9 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 02:00 PM
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What's interesting is your friend didn't notice the difference either....still laughing...

Breakable Rider is right, owners can freak out. I freaked out one time over a new boarder that had been lunging my horse to get experience, with permission from BO, but neither of them told me, the owner.
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post #10 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Breakablerider. Understood-- it was an honest mistake, one that won't happen again!
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