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  • WEF : oh look there's a horse in my stall....

    3 years ago I wrote a satire on my Facebook page about HITS Ocala, the lack of toilet paper, lousy weather, lack of amenities and not enough prize money.

    Now I am compelled to share my thought about WEF. WEF was huge 2007ish. Then the market crashed and then WEF got very small. Land was sold, the Academy was created, an overall desire to be the biggest and best was felt thought out the community. They pulled it off. WEF is bigger and better than ever. Well whats bigger? The number of people is back up sure. But now we have 10,000 people on 1/3 of the land. Forget being able to park on the weekends and now there's a nother epidemic.

    TAKE YOUR F'ING HORSE OUT OF MY STALL!!! Put down my hay. Give me back my feed and stop
    Cutting my stall locks. Seriously. I'm supposed to be here competing with the best. If you cannot afford the stall go somewhere else.

    Trainers are instructing grooms to use other people's stalls today the mom of a junior rider was shocked to find out her princesses horse was in my stall eating my hay.

    You know who you are.

    Oh and ps thanks for always trashing my stalls so I have to rebed the whole thing when I get here. YOU ROCK!

    Any suggestions how WEF should manage this problem. Surely if they have the man power for mandatory stall watch they can work on this problem?

  • #2
    Wow! I have never shown at WEF but I understand it is big bucks to show/stall their etc. I would be really ticked if someone was using my stall, stealing my hay, etc.

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    • #3
      My best, most practical suggestion would be: bigger stall locks.

      If it's harder to cut the locks on your stall, they will probably look for a stall that's easier to use.

      I completely agree that it's wrong, and the show should do something about it, but in the meantime....

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      • #4
        Nice. I agree with the bigger lock idea, or maybe a regular lock and a large dog?! Night watch is worthless. My best night watch story is when I was in a night class and came back to find that my horse was marked as "down". Yeah, he was down at the ring you idiot! And the stall door was wide open too. Good luck explaining that!
        Originally posted by EquineImagined
        My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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        • #5
          Honestly what I would do is chain around the stall door twice and then put a big ole lock on it. That is how I close my tack stall doors. If I found their horses in my stalls, honestly I would set em lose. In my stall, not my F'ing problem.

          You are seriously showing at WEF without stalls, are they stupid or do they just not belong there. Honestly, people make me sick. I would also post signs on the stall doors that are yours letting them know that if they cut the locks, touch your stuff, move your horses, or cause damage by cutting the lock then you will press charges/call the cops. No need for that on their part. I honestly am shocked by this.
          I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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          • #6
            Wowee, I've never heard of such a thing. Maybe you should turn the squatter loose...
            Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
              Maybe you should turn the squatter loose...
              Except it's not the horse's fault someone put him in that stall.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MHM View Post
                Except it's not the horse's fault someone put him in that stall.
                Agreed. I wouldn't set the horse loose either. But I would flip out on the owner/groom/whoever when they came back for the horse. I'd also ask show management to either do something about squatters or give me a discount on my stall.

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                • #9
                  Setting the horse loose is probably a bad idea, but if I had the time I think I might deliver it to the show office like a lost dog or child. Then the show office would really see what was happening, know who the offender was, and the owner would have the embarrassment of hearing it over the loud speaker and having to show up to the office and collect their horse.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SkipChange View Post
                    Setting the horse loose is probably a bad idea, but if I had the time I think I might deliver it to the show office like a lost dog or child. Then the show office would really see what was happening, know who the offender was, and the owner would have the embarrassment of hearing it over the loud speaker and having to show up to the office and collect their horse.
                    Excellent suggestion SkipChange

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                    • #11
                      I would just lock the horse IN my stall with a really hard to cut lock...

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                      • #12
                        I am being facetious of course, but if the horse is nice enough, load it up and take that puppy home.

                        Or put a for sale sign on it with your own phone number.

                        Or a large biohazard/medical testing in progress sign.

                        Or clip the horse in your own "special" way. Your jagged initials on their rump is a lovely touch for stellar turn out.

                        Do I need to go on?
                        "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                        • #13
                          Get a pet pig and leave it in the stall. Problem solved.
                          "Your best can be worn at any length"- Jason Mraz

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Long Spot View Post
                            I am being facetious of course, but if the horse is nice enough, load it up and take that puppy home.

                            Or put a for sale sign on it with your own phone number.

                            Or a large biohazard/medical testing in progress sign.

                            Or clip the horse in your own "special" way. Your jagged initials on their rump is a lovely touch for stellar turn out.

                            Do I need to go on?
                            Yes please. These are so fantastic I'd love to hear what else you can come up with!
                            Originally posted by EquineImagined
                            My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Herbie19 View Post
                              Yes please. These are so fantastic I'd love to hear what else you can come up with!
                              Let me state again, I am totally kidding.

                              I hear Twinkle Toes hoof glitter is pretty hard to remove.
                              http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CD...%2Bdata%2Bfeed

                              Leave a picture of the horse next to todays newspaper in the stall with a note to wait by the phone for ransom instructions.

                              Spray the saddle and girth area of said horse liberally with show sheen or other silicone based shine spray. Be sure to watch the horse's rounds afterwards! Have that camera ready.

                              Dress horse up in the ugliest pinkest, purplest, zebra stripy-est outfit you can find. Parade around WEF with a large sign stating who he is proudly owned and trained by. Combine this one with the twinkle toes for extra za-zoom.

                              Leave trainer of said horse a large bill including day fees, drug fees (faux of course, but oh the nervous nail biting!), lunging and grooming fees.

                              Have the family Christmas card picture taken with the horse. Be sure to send one out to the owner of the horse.
                              "Aye God, Woodrow..."

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Long Spot View Post
                                I am being facetious of course, but if the horse is nice enough, load it up and take that puppy home.

                                Or put a for sale sign on it with your own phone number.

                                Or a large biohazard/medical testing in progress sign.

                                Or clip the horse in your own "special" way. Your jagged initials on their rump is a lovely touch for stellar turn out.

                                Do I need to go on?
                                From now on, when I have a problem, I know who I'm going to for advice!

                                "Pat the horse; kick yourself" - Carl Hester

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                                • #17
                                  I'm in support of the" the lock the stall w/ horse in it"; and pin a bill on the outside "to owner" $xxx for bedding, stall rental, hay, cleaning, etc, detailed invoice. Door to be unlocked upon receipt of CASH for the services rendered.
                                  We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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                                  • #18
                                    So, being on the other side of the country and not knowing the setup at WEF.....

                                    I thought when you sign up for a show, you also sign up for an appropriate number of stalls plus stall for tack, feed, etc. Thus, twenty horses attending means twenty horse stalls and an appropriate number of grooming/feed stalls. Or, are you saying a barn, brings 20 horses to WEF but only reserves 15 stalls and then juggles the horses? What about at night when all the horses should be tucked into their respective stalls?

                                    Or, do some of the horse stay off site and come in for the day and just use any stall that seems to be free at the moment? Are these horses going into stalls that use the same trainer? I mean, if horse X trains with trainer A, is he squatting in a stall in the group of trainer A or is the horse just looking for an empty stall in any trainer's aisle?

                                    Sorry, just trying to picture the scenario from afar.

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                                    • #19
                                      I like the idea of spraying the saddle area with show sheen... Doesn't harm the horse, very unpleasant for the squatter.
                                      RIP Don - 3/28/2004-8/15/2012

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                                      • #20
                                        I would be tempted to give it a haircut.

                                        I wouldn't do it. Probably. But oh so tempted, and so very harmless to the blameless horsie
                                        Proud Member Of The Lady Mafia

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