I got a good chuckle out of that. In the same vein, we have a friend with a rising 2 yo filly that lays out, flat on her side by the road, and the owners get calls alerting them to their dead horses all the time.
Anyone else have tales of things that are normal to us (or that we've at least gotten used to, like the 'dead filly'), but concern the non-horsey?
This one pops up all the time. Many horses in Florida wear fly masks. Non-horsey folks ask "why are the horses blindfolded?" Then when you tell them they are fly masks, the next question is always "can they see through them?"
This one was cute, my MIL was driving home from work, past a pasture with a black and white paint horse in it, and his barrel is white. She thought he had a big bandage around his middle. It took her a few days til she realized that was just his hair color.
One of my small ponys wears a muzzle that is sort of an orange plastic bucket looking thing with holes in the bottom to eat and drink from. I had just turned them out when I hear from behind me, " hello, hello... hi, I'm your trash pickup person and I saw that one of your horses has a bucket stuck on its' head. I can help you take it off if you need help"
I did everythinng I could to not laugh at the guy. You never know if you horses are galloping down the road and need help from the trash pickup. I explained what it was and thanked him.
Well, he did it on purpose but...
I took a non-horsy friend to watch Vern show. He was being ridden by a friend whose horse was lame that weekend.
As we walked onto the showgrounds NHF announced in his best Oudoors Voice: "Where do you go to bet on these things?"
The air was filled with the creaking sound of Hunter Princess necks craning in our direction
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The best fly mask explanation I have heard was from my two non-horsey friends who were with me one day at the barn.
One friend has a tiny bit of experience with horses (as in trail rode a few times as a kid) and therefore felt the need to explain to my totally non-horsey friend that the fly masks were "sleep masks" that we used b/c horses are naturally too nervous to sleep alone in the paddocks. She went on to explain that if they are out in a herd, they don't need the masks b/c they feel safe enough to sleep.
The guy who cleans our stalls is very eager to learn more about horses. Happily for us, on the stuff that really matters, like handling them, he is a natural.
He is totally stymied, though, by the differences among breed, color and pattern. Doesn't help that our horses tend toward the spotted varieties! We have pintos that aren't Paints, and Paints that don't have spots. Bays that look black. Buckskins, duns, a smoky cream and a perlino. And then there's homozygous black or homozygous tobiano. Sometimes I have trouble keeping it straight, but boy can it mess up someone who would have been inclined to describe them in various shades of "brown".
Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.
I was a children's librarian for many years. Naturally, I met many, many horse-crazy little girls! Yay!
At my last job, one of them lucked out and went to a horse day camp during the summer. She was over the top with joy. Of course, I had to ask what style of riding she was learning. Funnily enough, she didn't know. I asked her mom, who hadn't a clue. I tried breaking it down to the most basic terms--English or Western--"The way cowboys ride?" Mom still didn't know. I was about to give up when Mom said to me, "They ride with one leg on each side of the horse."
I was PRETTY sure she wasn't joking with me, but...
I was at a show, working the end gate, and two little girls that had just started riding were following me around and I was doing my Civic Duty and teaching them about horse shows. It was a small h/j show, so it was a good place to learn - you had everything from horses braided to horses that uh . . . well, their owners hadn't spent a lot of time grooming, let's put it that way. Anyway, the two little girls were pretty non-horsey and non-horse-showy, so they made observations that sometimes were a little off the mark, or a little too honest. I had just explained to them the fact that pulling a rail in the hunters was a serious fault, and would probably knock you out of the placings in a class. No sooner had I explained that than the horse in the ring pulled a rail. One of the little girls, wide-eyed looked to me and, as loudly as you can imagine, said "Oh, so that means that horse isn't very good and he's eliminated now, right?" I almost died from both embarrassment and the glares of the people around the gate. I did correct her though, and told her to make sure she used her 'inside voice' whenever watching horses go.