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  1. And that's why I didn't bother saying anything to...

    And that's why I didn't bother saying anything to the guy. In the end, even if his reasoning is weird and crazy, he's not actually doing anything dangerous.
  2. Last year, I was out at the barn and had the...

    Last year, I was out at the barn and had the dubious pleasure of listening to the following gem from a guy who I think fancied he knew everything about horses to the wife of the guy he'd hauled out...
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    I will always, always wonder about the very sweet...

    I will always, always wonder about the very sweet lady with the fleabitten grey Arab gelding who fed him Alpo dog biscuits as treats - which he very nicely took from her mouth - and bathed him with...
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    From my husband, regarding a friend's 6-month...

    From my husband, regarding a friend's 6-month old, funky-colored, awkward-growth-stage baby:

    Me: "...and he's getting gelded this week."

    Him: "So they're not going to try to breed him?"

    Me:...
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    I joke that I'm allergic to everything - when...

    I joke that I'm allergic to everything - when they did the tests to see what I was allergic to year before last, I think I had three of the nine categories where I wasn't allergic to every single...
  6. No date guesses, but Golden Fleece is just way...

    No date guesses, but Golden Fleece is just way too easy a name suggestion. Persis, Perseus, close enough, right? :)
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    Sounds more like a timing problem than an abuse...

    Sounds more like a timing problem than an abuse situation to me. Then again, I've been known to take flying leaps off mounting blocks while delivering a smack to get after horses that Know Better...
  8. I rode for a few years in lessons with a sweet...

    I rode for a few years in lessons with a sweet girl who had no leg to speak of when it came to jumping. The barn started us off way too early, true, but the other two of us in the lesson could...
  9. When your first thought when the nice cop who...

    When your first thought when the nice cop who stopped to help you and your broken-down car asks about the stuff on the ground isn't, "He probably thinks I'm going to steal copper from that power...
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    I wouldn't dream of nagging her; it's a sure-fire...

    I wouldn't dream of nagging her; it's a sure-fire way to end up in another round of arguments, and I'm trying very hard to avoid that particular competitive sport. But it has come up several times...
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    The senior cat, my parents, and me

    I need some perspective, I think...

    My parents have a cat, Calliope. She used to be my cat; when I finally got an apartment in college, we all mutually decided that it was best for her if she...
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    Well, my mother tried again this year. On the...

    Well, my mother tried again this year.

    On the one hand, she got me the Breyer holiday ornament. Yay!

    On the other, she got me something from the Limoges factory when she and my dad took a trip...
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    No one in my family has yet topped my mom's crazy...

    No one in my family has yet topped my mom's crazy Aunt Irene. The year I turned 11 - about 2 years before I actually hit puberty - my gift from her was a set of matching floral-print panties,...
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    Not a total stranger, but I had a barn owner tell...

    Not a total stranger, but I had a barn owner tell me that if the pony I was tacking up for a lesson started chewing on the saddle, I was to punch him in the nose until he stopped.
  15. I think second place for most humiliating episode...

    I think second place for most humiliating episode for me - first being my Epic Mounting Fail - was with a usually obedient QH mare.

    I was having some confidence issues at the time, and maresy was...
  16. He's trying to kick you - and not just kick,...

    He's trying to kick you - and not just kick, double-barrel you - in the pasture? He won't back up - and if he doesn't have a physical problem, he's perfectly capable of backing up; he just doesn't...
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    After a spook-hop-bolt where I somehow ended up...

    After a spook-hop-bolt where I somehow ended up with my arms around the horse's neck and shortly thereafter ended up sitting on my butt with one elbow on the fence in a pose that would have looked...
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    Mounting block didn't help my One True Mounting...

    Mounting block didn't help my One True Mounting Fail. *sigh* In fact, it caused half the problem!

    Somewhere between putting my foot in the stirrup and my butt in the saddle, my arms buckled. ...
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    We did halters under bridles all the time at my...

    We did halters under bridles all the time at my old instructor's place. It made managing summer camp - where the horses might have to stand tied for a bit or might get a bit tetchy about another day...
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    I've done a bit of both, with the caveat that my...

    I've done a bit of both, with the caveat that my Western training was more "you're in a Western saddle on the Western-pleasure-trained QH this lesson" than actual discipline training.

    When it...
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    I am clumsy. I wear flat, flat rings - our...

    I am clumsy. I wear flat, flat rings - our wedding rings are flat and plain, and my engagement ring is just raised enough to accommodate some flat sapphires and cubic zirconium. I usually take the...
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    I'm a total coward. I take my squirmy little pup...

    I'm a total coward. I take my squirmy little pup to either the vet or the PetSmart groomer. I think PetSmart runs $8 or $10, my vet runs $13.50. It's so worth it. It's five to ten minutes, and I...
  23. The guys at Nissan assured me up and down that my...

    The guys at Nissan assured me up and down that my Altima - and the Sentra before it - should last up into 200k+. The guys at Honda have said similar about my Civic. Who knows, maybe I'll be...
  24. Well, here's what my numbers look like -...

    Well, here's what my numbers look like - hopefully this helps.

    I drive, between work (40-45 miles one way) and my weekend pony rides (the same), approximately 450 miles a week. (Yay commuting...)...
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    My first dressage test ever, on a mostly-tailless...

    My first dressage test ever, on a mostly-tailless pinto mare named Sunny, featured two minutes of sideways dancing, during which we never actually passed X. Apparently the trailer they were using...
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