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Suzy, that is my FAVORITE! I come from a southern family and am well versed and trained in the way of our people [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] MY problem is after being born in Little Rock, Arkansas we moved to Madison Wisconisin. Hence the constant internal struggle between http://lisamarie8.homestead.com/blessyourheart.html reply and http://chronofhorse.infopop.net/2/Op...826#4323092826 [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img]
Being born and raised a Yankee, I don't have any such internal struggle, so I have no problem with the very direct response instead of the PC "Bless Your Heart." But I did want to offer COTHBB readers an option. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Um, and to avoid getting thrown off the board.
Charter member of the I-Refuse-to-Relinquish-My-Whip Clique
ROFLOL!!!!! She was a pretty nice rider on her well-trained, sensitive, hot TB mare.
Then she got on my 16 year old, 15.3+, 1,300 lb. Intermediate level eventer who thought "dressage" was just something one's rider FORCED one to do before you got to do the fun stuff and haul A$$ cross-country.
Within 15 mins of struggling and trying to (a) get him on the bit (which I could do); (b) sit his trot (not easy if you couldnt' get him on the bit); and (c) dealing with his passive resistance, she begged to get off and apologized to me, saying "He's a lot more difficult to ride than he looks." (So at least I made him look good - but she THOUGHT she could make him look better. Nyaah-nyaa-nyaa-NYAAAAAA-Nyah!) (Did I mention he was an App? Snicker, snicker)
My horse was broke to death and I knew she COULDN'T screw him up and might get a dose of humble pie. Wouldn't work in every case, but it was very gratifying in this one.
With my horse, if you could get on him, you could ride him. It's the getting on that's the difficult part.It is tempting to allow nosy CBJs to attempt it, but I have my fears of lawsuits from CBJs parents. Oh well.
I think truly though, the worst thing to do is to hear them out, and then just laugh. Laughing in their face really does hurt. Eventually she should get the point.
*Sometimes I think the so-called expets actually ARE experts.*
"One thing vampire children have to be taught early is, don't run with a wooden stake."
How about something along the lines of "Aren't you lucky that YOU have such a good opinion of your riding (said in a dead-pan tone of voice with the "over the top of the glasses (even if not wearing them), down the nose, mother-in-law look". Although I must admit that my instinctive (and much more likely) reaction would be a swift smack upside the ear!!
Poor Hot Fire Queen, what a PITA. What would happen if you didlet the CBJ ride your horse? She sounds like the type that certainly won't listen to a horse, so it would probably not be pretty. If you're pretty sure it wouldn't hurt your horse that's what I'd do.
I had one guy, not even a junior, always bugging me to ride one of my horses. This was a particularly big snarky run-away of a Dutch horse who was 14 and not about to change. He was lovely to walk and trot, but if you wanted to canter or jump, forget it, you'd better be able to hang on a little. So he got on and toodled around. And then he cantered, which quickly became a gallop. I'd say a good dozen times around the ring before executing a decent emergency dismount. Hobbes of course stopped and looked very pleased with himself. End of guy bugging me to ride that horse.
I also had a girl nag me constantly to ride my wonder-horse, because I "didn't MAKE him work". I must have said no about 300 times. I finally gave in. She lasted about 45 seconds. He bucked her off so hard she landed on the opposite side of the ring. And she wanted to get back on! Off she flew again, even further this time. Then she demanded that I get on because obviously there was something wrong with the saddle fit. So up I get and we canter around here there and everywhere. Drop the reins and do figure eights without them. Jump a few little jumps. Hehehe, the girl started to cry at that point. I swear that horse can read my mind. I've had novice riders on him that I like and he's wonderful. Some good riders have ridden him that I don't like personally and he's a prick. The girl left the barn shortly after, not a big loss.
Please don't try to be a voice of reason. It's way more fun to spin things out of control. #BecauseCOTH - showhorsegallery
The horse show is below the Mason-Dixon; therefore the bless your heart response wins this time. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] If it fails to shut her the he!! up, resort to the many hilarious Yankee answers. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
Sleepy is right. BUT, Maryland was nuetral in the Civil War, and has an equal number of 'Norther' and 'Southern' native ways.
So, HFP, your plan to drown her in toxic southern syrup with 'Bless your heart', and then sting her with the forked tongue of the North, is a great plan in my book! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]