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February 12, 2010

Seeking Awkward Horse Show Photos...And Other Forms Of Horsey Humor

There’s a website that is so simple, so straightforward, so universal to the human experience and so hysterical that it is comedic genius.

Check it out:  Awkward Family Photos

Please, please, I beg you, send me your awkward horse show pictures so we can do this too. elizabeth@sheridesIpay.com

In an attempt to make you laugh today, here are a few other sources of Internet giggles:

February 10, 2010

Barn Manners: Let Me In!

Question: I board at a large barn with more than 60 stalls, 10 turn-out spaces and only five grooming bays. My horses are pasture boarded, and often I have to stand outside and wait to get into the barn where the grooming bays are located because all five bays are being used—often by boarders who could be tacking up in their stalls. I get annoyed by this, especially when it’s cold, rainy or snowing. Is it rude to ask a boarder to tack up in a stall so I can have one of the grooming bays?

February 8, 2010

Horse Show Mom Hits the Wall

I’ve been a jogger for years, a horse show mom for just a few. On many a long run, I’ve hit what’s known as “the wall.” It’s not the same thing that you might encounter in the horse show world.

February 3, 2010

Barn Manners: A Communication Quandary

Question: I have a boarder who won't talk to me when she has questions or concerns; instead she leaves notes on the board. Several times, she has indicated annoyance that her horse didn’t have hay. The vet put her horse on thyroid meds, and as a result he's dropped some weight and looks good. But now, if the owner comes to the barn early, she puts half a bale of hay out in his run-in shed and outside. Most of it is wasted. 

February 1, 2010

AETA: Day Two

Day 2 at the AETA International Trade Show started off with more traffic and people looking to get their business completed so they can get home and beat the bad weather. Despite a sense of impending weather doom, sales are brisk, and many booths are busy showing buyers new products, colors and styles for 2010.

January 30, 2010

AETA Kicks off

At 9 a.m. this morning the doors opened and hundreds of buyers from tack shops around the country flooded in for this year’s AETA International Trade Show in King of Prussia, Pa.

It took us 10 hours to drive here yesterday from Vermont. We got just a teeny little bit lost. (Michelle and Sven’s Corgis were a little disappointed that their humans botched the directions.)

January 27, 2010

Barn Manners: You’re Rude, I’m Perfect

Last week, after my post on “barn manners,” I put out a request on the COTH forum asking readers to share their questions, concerns and rants. Oh, my! There are some rude people at the barn. You can follow the thread here.

January 25, 2010

Horse Show Schedule Released, Panic Ensues…

The girl was delighted to hear that the tentative Vermont Hunter Jumper Association (VHJA) show schedule for 2010 was announced yesterday. She quickly absconded with the computer to begin secretly contemplating her coming show season.

January 22, 2010

The Day She Didn’t Go to the Barn

Karmic forces conspired to keep the girl from getting to the barn on Tuesday. I arrived home from a long day at work with just a few minutes to shove something in my mouth before turning around to go back out the door to a library trustee meeting.

January 20, 2010

Barn Manners: It’s Not Her Job To Hold Your Horse For The Vet

Recently, we had a barn meeting for boarders. About a week later, there was a meeting for barn workers. Since I fit into both categories, I was at both meetings.

For the boarders, it was a chance for the trainer to remind us all to pick up after ourselves and to set some general guidelines. It was all good.

At the workers meeting, there was talk about how to decide whether to turn out horses when it’s rainy or muddy. And we talked about the best way to alert boarders when they are getting low on supplements, among other things. It was a positive, productive gathering.

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