Originally Posted by Rebelwithacause View Post
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!
I found a barn that had decent people that don't take what isn't theirs. This whole thread bothers me so much because, even after you realized you had taken a horse that was not yours, you still went on a ride. You say that you won't do it again, and yet you did not care that you had taken another horse. If you had, surely you would have returned him.
My mare that was taken on a trail ride is the biggest babysitter in the world, to the point that she allowed herself to be put in agonizing pain from a poor fitting saddle. I could not touch my mares back without her collapsing, and yet she had packed a beginner around for hours like that because her rider asked her to. As is the horse that you borrowed, she is a lesson horse. If I had shown up to the barn first and found her missing, I would have called the police and reported her stolen. If the instructor had to cancel a lesson because her horse was missing would you have paid for that lesson yourself? Would you have paid the client if this hadn't been noticed until they showed up and wasted their gas to get there? Did you pay your trainer for using their horse?
Plenty of things with horses are funny. When my boyfriend comes to the barn there have been times where I have found that he has caught my horse for me and put her in the cross ties but her halter is on upside down, that's funny and cute. He has attempted to saddle for me to be sweet and crossed the front and back girths into an 'X', "to make the saddle more stable". It was mildly cute but I warned him that a less tolerant horse may have bucked because of it. When he has mounted, he has stuck his right foot in the stirrup and mounted backwards, funny.
What happened was a mistake, but once you realized it you should have returned the horse instead of going for a ride.
Tell me, if your horse was taken because your horse was mistaken for another horse and that person went away to a show for a few days, would you think it was so cute and funny?
People on this thread seem to think i'm some big party pooper for having another opinion here. I've said my peace so i'll leave.