What were they thinking?!
I had one of these moments the other day and I was just curious as to how many other people could relate. It was really one of those times where you just stop and think, 'What were they thinking?!'
I was out at the barn working with my young horse Cinnamon that I am currently in the process of breaking. She is a very sweet mare and it fairly tolerant, though it's obvious to me now that I wasn't giving her nearly enough credit. Anyways, I had just finished lunging her and was letting her walk around and graze. Well, in the ring next to us a 6 year old girl was getting a riding lesson while her mother, father, 2 year old sister, and 7year old brother watched from the outside. (they have no experience with horses at all).
I made sure to keep clear of the family since Cinnamon had never been around young children and I'm a firm believer in better safe than sorry. So the mother comes over holding her daughter and asks if her son can pet Cinnamon, to which I agreed to so long as he stayed next to me by her neck and shoulder. So as he is petting her, she puts her 2 year old daughter down and turns around and LEAVES. The 2 year old immediately runs behind my horse, grabs her tail and yanks on it as hard as she can while screaming 'PONY PONY'.
My friend who's been helping me train Cinnamon immediately half runs and half fast walks behind her to grab the child. Meanwhile I'm telling Cinnamon to hold still and stand and silently praying to every and any god in existence to please keep my horse from kicking and killing this little girl. My friend manages to scoop the girl up who is now screeching at the top of her lungs and the mother is running over to get her child. Once she has her child, she tells the daughter "shame on you don't run away," and immediately puts her down and is oblivious to her once again. Needless to say I took my horse as far away from them as possible, all the while letting her know how proud I was of her and how no matter what she does I will never sell her. And that I was going to bring her 50 lbs of apples out for her the next day :lol: My friend and I then walked to the car literally just asking over and over What were they thinking?! There was really nothing else to say other than that.
So after this fun experience, I was just wondering how many of you have had an experience similiar to this and if you'd like to share :D
Also, as soon as the little girl was put down, she promptly made a bee line to the arena and climbed in while the older sister was still riding, leaving mom to go dashing after her through the sand, in sandals. To this day I really don't think the mother realizes just how lucky her daughter was.