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post #21 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 10:36 PM
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When we were 15, a friend and I were sent to get horses for our third lesson at a new barn. I was supposed to get the short chestnut gelding with a star that my friend had ridden in the previous lessons, while she was supposed to get the plain, tall bay gelding that I had ridden. The pasture had four plain bay horses and, we thought, one chestnut with a star. We were very careful about picking out my friend's horse and still weren't certain. At one point she said, "At least we know yours is right!" Yeah, nope. My instructor was not impressed when I brought back a mare.

My gelding is often mistaken for a mare. One time a fellow boarder, who happened to be a doctor, asked if "she" was in heat.
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post #22 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 11:49 PM
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Heehee, that must've been surprising!

Thankfully, I can't make that mistake as there aren't any other chestnut horses with stripes at my barn. Otherwise, I'm sure I'd make the same mistake. ;)
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post #23 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 12:17 AM
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My mom did something like that with dogs. One of our neighbors raised Westminster worthy Bullmastiffs, and one day a pair of them got out, and were lolling about on another person's lawn about a mile away. My mom saw them and called their owners, but got no answer.

So, worried that these magnificent show dogs would get lost or hit, she summoned all of her courage, grabbed some dog treats and two leashes and captured the two dogs. As she was loafing them into the car, the home owner came out and asked my mom what she thought she was doing. My mom explained that these were very valuable Bullmastiffs, and she was returning them to their owner.

Turned out the were Boxers, relaxing in their own yard. Oops!
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post #24 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 12:26 AM
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I can say I've never misplaced a horse :P but those are some funny stories everyone has to share! Though there was one time after a violin recital, a woman started putting her son's violin in MY case. Lol

But, I don't know why BreakableRider had to down it. Yeah something could gone wrong and it didn't.
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post #25 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 01:00 AM
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I said something because it happens far too often. I moved barns because one of my mares was mistaken by a barn worker for being a horse in the trail riding string. I happened to drive down the road and find my mare miles from the barn being ridden by a complete beginner. While she is a complete babysitter at home, I hadn't trail ridden her in years and it terrified me. I threw a fit, uh saddled my mare right on the side of the road and poned her back to the barn from the car. I have no idea what they did with the saddle or the person that paid for the ride and I don't really care. It took MONTHS of chiropractic adjustments and massages to correct one trail ride in a badly fitting saddle. As she was my main lesson horse at the time, it cost me thousands in financial losses and in bills to get her healthy again. Mistaking a horse is not a funny thing.
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post #26 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Breakablerider-- I do appreciate your concern, and it is warranted. It sounds like you had a bad experience, which is why this is a sensitive subject to you. However, the reason I prefaced that this is in jest is because:
1- the horse I grabbed was my trainers/ BO's horse
2- the horse was/is a kid friendly lesson horse used all the time
3- Nothing bad did happen.. it was a genuine mistake, which I can assure you will not happen again
4- I am new to horse ownership, not brand new to horses in general.

I do appreciate your concern in regards to this topic, I think at times you just need to realize that even with horses, mistakes will happen and sometimes-- you just gotta laugh about it, chalk it up as a lesson learned and move along.

Hopefully you found a barn that was more accommodating to your needs!

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post #27 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 10:37 AM
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It might be funny to you, and for YOU, there was no issue with the horse's owner, but BreakableRider, and myself, would be beyond furious. It's like picking up the wrong kid at daycare and taking it for a snowcone, or sleeping with another woman's husband. if you think that is an exaggeration, it's not. If I went to the barn and found someone on my horse, I would lose my mind completely. I hate when folk hang on the fences and try to feed or pet my horse, never mind ride her. Horses can be very personal creatures for some people, not just commodities or lesson animals. My horse trusts me to keep her safe and I take that job very seriously. If something happened, even a fright, because someone took her out without permission, I'd feel so responsible. If *I* took someone else's horse out by accident, I wouldn't be laughing about it; I'd be deeply apologetic.

Granted, in your situation, you have the leisure to be amused, but Roman seems to think BreakableRider overreacted, and I'm just here to say she was being kind in her response.
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post #28 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Okkkkkkkkkkk well I hope you have a fabulous Holiday and I truly hope that it never happens to you!

And, I do think it is an exaggeration to compare picking the wrong horse from a pasture to sleeping with another woman's husband. However; I do get your point, you would be furious. And it's a good thing that the horse I grabbed was the "right" wrong one! Otherwise, as Ricky Ricardo would say, "I have a lot of explaining to do!"

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post #29 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 11:12 AM
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Comparing mistaking horses to someone's husband? Sorry, I'm not trying to be a snob, but I got a little chuckle. There are horses that look exactly the same.

How could you mistake your husband for someone else's? The only chance is if they're twins but then again you could probably tell them apart.

But that's your view so I respect that and will move on.
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post #30 of 41 Old 12-24-2014, 12:35 PM
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NO harm, no foul. You didn't ride the horse, froth him up, put him away wet, no food, etc.
Stuff happens, and YOU were lucky that he didn't throw you! =D

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