Another "cluck"-er here, it has rubbed off onto my non-horsey SO and we both tell the dogs to "Git!" also.
Hubby plies me into taking motorcycle jaunts with him by taking the most horsey routes so I can oogle at the barns and fences....
I never even realized I was so bad at "pony-spotting" until we were watching tv with some buddies of his and horses came on the screen, and I said "oooh, ponies!", and they all busted out laughing. Guilty!
- I always slow for nice 'potential' horse properties
- All of our friends (mostly non-horsey) yell 'Oh, Oh, Oh' in the car if they spot a horse, a trailer, a nice horse facility, etc.
- I have caught my use-to-be-non-horsey husband clucking to our house cat
- Two years ago we were at the in-laws house and I was waiting to see if I won a bid for a stallion breeding. We had everyone staring at the laptop screen counting down to see if we won. This was after we explained to 30+ people that 'yes indeed we are bidding on horse semen'.
Oh another funny he said a few years back. I was riding the WP gelding that I bought primarily for him and I asked for a jog. Husband yells, "Honey, he isn't tracking up at all you have to push him forward and LOTS!".
Haha, he has learned sooooo much since we have bought our own horse property. I love hearing him telling our visitors about the horses...even better when he corrects them.
Oh, okay, I had a dog LOVED to run, could run the bejezus off of anything, (one time had to leave him behind at the barn, couldn't find him, was driving down the road, looked down beside me, the dog was pacing the car, looking up at me in the drivers window, tongue aloll, as if to say, "gonna stop or should I just jump through the window?". The farrier was following me, I could see him in my rear view mirror, laughing over the steering wheel, and I saw I was going 32 mph, before I stopped and let the dog in. Leaped over my lap, into His seat, happy as a clam looking out the front windshield, as if to say "'kay, I'm in, Go!" that's how fast he was) and used to run around the half acre pond seemingly just for the sheer joy of it, as though it were a ractrack. He was a flat coated retriever, but durn, he was speedy. So the horsie part is, I would watch him do the oval a couple of times, watching for lead changes on the corners and straightaways. Showed his lead changes to a few friends. Received sad shakes of their heads in return. Oh, well. I thought it was very interesting.
Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.
(1) I always look at open land and think about what would look good there, i.e. stables, riding rings, pastures, etc. A poster already said this in good detail.
(2) When I'm walking into work or along sidewalks I count strides between cracks in the ground and try to adjust my stride in between, plus I think about what lead I am taking off on and landing on. Sometimes don't realize that I'm doing this as I walk in to work, and then I wonder if anybody noticed my odd way of walking! I will adjust my stride to make the cracks a 2 stride, then lengthen for a 1 stride, then back to a 2 stride, and so on!
(3) Of course I cluck to my dogs, and they listen!
(4) To me EVERYTHING is a jump! Hedge rows, ditches, fences.
(5) I am always on the lookout for coops in a fence line and love it when I see one!
(6) On a previous similiar thread somebody mentioned that they hold the steering wheel like they hold reins, and I often find myself doing that now.
(7) I find treats in the washer EVERY SINGLE TIME that I do a load of clothes, even though I am sure that I checked every pocket before hand!
1. I accidentally call the horses "people"
They have arms and legs.
2. I am irritated that the dogs do not care about leads and often cross canter
3. I have a secret 'airy' deathtrap stamp that I carry in my 'airy' purse. I whip it out when I see a rig that is a death trap on wheels and stamp it, 'certified death trap'.
4. I day dream A LOT. Many times over dressage tests or very large scary XC fences. Sometimes out of no where I will shoot out a big CLUCK to get my horse moving through a corner...or over a corner.
No one else knows what is going through my head. It's embarrassing.
I tell my husband and daughter to walk-on. They either do or they give me really dirty looks. I also do the pointy finger thing to move people over like I do with my horse when she is standing... drives my husband nuts cause it works... really well.
Ha! I do the pointy-finger all the time to Mr. CC, who diligently moves in the appropriate direction; he finally caught on when he watched me do it to my gelding to reverse him on the longe. It DOES work well!
I referred to a pregnant non-horsey coworker's puffy ankles as "You look a bit stocked up" and was met with the "huh?" look I deserved.
I watch dogs' movement at the dog park, duly noting suspension.
I look at everyday objects, or other sports' catalogs, looking to see what I can adapt to horse-use. (e.g. mountaineering carabiners make great water bucket holders!)
When teaching my puppy to walk on a leash in puppy class, the teacher asked me, "Are you a rider?". When I asked her why she asked that, she said it was the way I was handling the leash, half-halting the dog to keep her from getting in front of me. I never even realized it, it was totally automatic!
And not only do I two-point on my bike, I post too!