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post #31 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 04:38 PM
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Well, reread, actually after realizing the mistake she DID go on a short ride - up to that point it didn't bother me, but then it did. Mistakes do happen and I find myself ducking to peek when we had three nondescript bays in the pasture, but I would never go on a ride even with a barn horse without permission. And honestly, I don't want to ride anything but my own horse to save my own rear end.
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post #32 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 04:57 PM
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I'm feeling very lucky here, after reading these, that I have the only brown horse, the only dun, the only black and white with no blue eyes, and the only black with only a star at the barn lol.
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post #33 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 05:03 PM
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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.
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post #34 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Breakablerider, I have zero interest in arguing with you over a topic you have admittedly gotten yourself worked up over.

To answer your question though-- and I'm doing so against probably my better judgment since you seem pretty intent on your opinion here-- No, I wouldn't have a meltdown if someone rode my horse. That's just me, though-- obviously there are the "you's" of the world who would have an issue with it. Since starting this thread, my eyes have been opened to the "you's" (and I mean that sincerely), so if there ever was a next time, I do have your perspective to go off of.

Feel free to add any funny horsey moments to this thread, you've yet to contribute in that regard!
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post #35 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 05:44 PM
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I guess I'm one of the few who doesn't really see humor in this since I have gone through the experience of someone causing a lot of damage and problems using my horse without my permission. Unlike your case it wasn't a one time mistake but someone doing so intentionally. The thing is that mistakes with horses can be very damaging, costly, and can sometimes wind up in the legal realm so it's understandable how this can irk some people. You are fortunate you can chalk it up as a benign lesson learned.
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post #36 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Canterklutz! I do appreciate the concern from you folks here at HF. Yes, please chalk it up to a benign lesson learned! Also, please contribute to the point of the thread if you have a funny horsey moment! You can consider me "learned" now :))

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post #37 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 06:22 PM
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My story isn't a mix up of horses but with saddles. My trainer and I had the exact same brand of saddle with the same green cover and a name plate on the back of the cantle (my trainer and I shared the same first name as well). The thing is that mine was 17.5 and hers was 16.5. I let my friend borrow my saddle from the rack and I think she mixed up which rack they were on. I pulled out the saddle as usual, tacked up, and got on. When I sat in the saddle I couldn't help but think that I must've really let myself go if my saddle felt so much more cramped. After that we finally built individual lockers with saddle racks.
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post #38 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 06:32 PM
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Hmm i must be the odd one out. I'm constantly looking for some sucker to come and ride my horse for me! Someone has to make that lazy so and so do some actual work for his feed!

Jokes.. everyone just calm down.. I was joking... kinda
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post #39 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 10:33 PM
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Not my mix up, but my cousin's.

I have two horses who look a lot alike. They are a mother and son pair. The mother is 15.1 hands, bay with a star and very thin half-strip. The son is also bay, about a shade darker in color, with only a small star and 15.3 hands.

I was leading the son down the road a few years ago and my cousin drove by and stopped to talk to me. Now, this cousin has grown up around horses, keep in mind.

About halfway through our conversation, he asked me where I was taking "my mare" riding at. My response was that I was taking "my gelding" out, not my mare. He had the gall to sit there and argue with me that the horse I had was my mare, not my gelding, for about fifteen minutes.

Finally, in an effort to 'show me' that he was right and I was wrong, my cousin got out of his truck, reached down and, for lack of a better term, 'fondled' my poor gelding.

He then turned bright red, jerked his hand away, muttered something about needing to go, got back in his truck and left.

And he has never argues with me over which of my horses I'm working with since.

As far as my mix-up's go...

There have been several times that I walk across the pasture, towards one of my bay horses, talking to him or her gender-specific ("Come here Dakota, what a good boy!" or "Gypsie! Come on, baby-girl!"), only to get within a few yards and realize that the horse i'm talking to isn't the one I think it is... (in other words, I walk up to 'Gypsie', talking to her, only to realize that 'she' is Dakota... and vice versa...).

Oh, the joys of having horses who look alike...
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post #40 of 41 Old 12-28-2014, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by BreakableRider View Post
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?
I would have been worried, yes. But not to where I'd be seething mad and spit dripping out, and I wouldn't explode like TNT in that person's face. I would call around to everyone at the barn...and if my horse was mistaken I'd probably chuckle because of her mistake. If they showed already and he did well, I'd be

I've sometimes caught myself calling my dogs like "girl" when its a boy and vice versa. XD When I come across a horse I don't know, I either call it "horse", "buddy", or "boy". :P
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