Vent: Yet another screaming child
So my horse is at a new barn and we have fabulous trails access, so I've been taking her out whenever I can find someone to go with. Yesterday we had lovely weather so 4 of us headed for the adjacent state forest. It's quiet during the week, but more busy on the weekends. Maresy can be very looky, and sometimes spooky, so it's good to get her out to see stuff.
We had some things to get used to, in the form of guys playing paintball (quite scary, though they were polite and ceased their game until we were past), ATVs (definitely worth a worried look, although the ATV-ers were polite and kept their distance), a baby carriage (no particular fear there), two people collecting mushrooms (no problem), lots of mud and water (worth getting snorty about), and...
Sigh. One completely melting down small child. As in screeching, screaming, yelling, and crying, at enormous volume. :eek: We heard the kid well before we saw her. All the horses stopped as the child and its people (another child, an old lady with a cane, and an adult man) emerged from the woods onto the dirt road. The other horses were ahead of us and approached very cautiously, but maresy tried her balk/spin routine. I shouted to the others to hang on, and with a little convincing got her following her buddies once again, albeit at a quick, jiggy walk. And the man had the... ignorance... to ask if they could pet the horses, even though the melting down child was screaming and screeching about how scary they were. :confused: Um, whatever, but NO, you may not pet the horses! We rode past as quickly and safely as we could. Hopefully the guy does not think all horsepeople are horribly rude, but.... ugh!
(and yes, I do know that sometimes kids just melt down... Poor kid!)