Cathryn at That Red Mare has another blog hop for us today, and I’m actually on top of things enough to participate! Woo!
What is your biggest horse related pet peeve? (Try and keep this one more about the horse itself. Things like spooking at nothing, dirty stoppers, refusing to load, etc.).
I would say that after owning one that has a pretty dirty stop, that it is definitely a pet peeve of mine. Not fun at all. However, I do have two other ones that actually came to mind before that.
- Horses who are aggressive towards people or other horses while being handled. We recently had one come through our barn with some significant attitude while being handled. It wasn’t okay with me. I don’t want to feel threatened by something 1200lbs bigger than me, nor do I want my horse to be a victim.
- Horses who are always hard to catch. I don’t mind the occasional “Oh my gosh, life is so good, let’s go run around instead of coming inside” moment some horses have. But horses who are notorious for it…that’s annoying to me.
Secondly, what is your biggest equestrian related pet peeve? (This is less about the horse and more about the people in the industry. It can be anything from hating the aisleways in the barn not being swept, the wait times between classes, or even things like rollkur).
PEOPLE WHO ASSUME OTHER RIDERS DON’T HAVE A CLUE! I had to work to ride as a junior, and there were hundreds of times that people would say incredibly dumb things to me assuming that I didn’t have a clue how to ride or handle myself in the tack. Just because I’m mucking stalls, lady/gent/child, does not mean I don’t ride decently. The worse part? It continues even know. A few months ago, someone had a discussion with me about how to halter a horse properly. I honestly didn’t know what to do in the situation, so I just nodded and smiled. Grrrrrrrrrr.
So really it’s also about people who assume they know everything or at least everything better than you do.
Whew. That one apparently gets me pretty fired up.
Here’s a cute picture throw back to end on a high note.