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IHSA riders- Top 10 things you don't want to hear about your draw

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  • IHSA riders- Top 10 things you don't want to hear about your draw

    we're trying to come up with ideas. SO what's the worst thing you never want to hear about your draw?

    "he doesn't really HAVE a left lead..."
    "My shopping list is getting long but I will add the marshmallows right below the napalm." -Weighaton

  • #2
    "don't get her near any of the other horses or she'll try to kill them" small ring, 10 horses. That was fun.

    "this is his first show since he came off the track" that one didn't ummm stop although he did have lots of go.

    "he's never been ridden outdoors before" luckily one of the coaches got on and was dumped as the horse bolted past the grandstands so he was a scratch.

    "if you touch his mouth he'll rear"

    "don't touch his sides or he'll bolt" same horse as above, got interesting.


    • #3
      I think what's worse is knowing the horse from their previous failures as a show horse, kid's horse, suitable mount for any non-pro rider, etc. At one of the IHSA shows nearest our campus there's horses from a notorious trainer in the city and they're... well... usually dirty stoppers... and hard core... which isn't exactly fair. But oh well.

      I like the "does flying lead changes" when it OBVIOUSLY doesn't even have a left lead at all. And fresh off the track is always fun


      • #4
        My favorite of all time:

        "Wow! I've never seen him in English tack before!" as you are headed in for your jumping round...


        • #5
          I always loved "use light leg" really meaning 'this horse has jets, so watch out'.
          "use caution while mounting" was one of my all time favorites... he would jump about 10 feet to the side as soon as you put your foot in the stirrup!


          • #6
            "Just don't touch him and he'll be fine."

            Okay, so every time I ask for a lead change, he'll snarl and buck me out of the tack?


            • #7
              My team made up a handbook for all our new riders with advice such as "if your horse doesn't have a real name, it's going to be an interesting class." Also included is a translation of horse descriptions.
              "can get speedy" = will win races, but not classes
              "very quiet" = won't move
              "may need crop" = WILL need crop, and two inch spurs
              "NO CROP" = see "can get speedy"
              "light seat" = don't TOUCH him

              One time a teammate drew a horse named Paint Mare. Description: "has left lead over fences but not on flat" Say what???
              "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

              Phoenix Animal Rescue


              • #8
                Anything about previous injuries that horsey has inflicted upon the masses.

                I know an IHSA horse (the winner in every draw) who has sent more people to the hospital....


                • #9
                  Originally posted by JayTee View Post
                  "Just don't touch him and he'll be fine."

                  Okay, so every time I ask for a lead change, he'll snarl and buck me out of the tack?

                  Aren't supposed to ask for changes in IHSA- thats why we have the Simple Change Law. Bless the simple changes!


                  • #10
                    "The more you pull, the faster he will go"

                    I didn't realize that meant if I touched his mouth at all he would fly. And of course the best way to stop a strange horse is to drop your reins!? lol

                    And another was "The horse you drew is lame, so we are warming up another" which comes up lame as does the third horse and then I'm told "Take the bay mare. She's done 8 rounds already but she should be okay." Wrong.
                    The stirrups aren't just "home," the damn things are in the storm cellar.


                    • #11
                      don't sit on his back AT ALL - aka he'll refuse to go forward if you even make contact with his back

                      and we have the simple lead change rule at most of our shows also!
                      Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Class of 2014

                      Chance Encounter
                      RIP Tall Tales


                      • #12
                        This happened to me twice (at two different schools) when I was in college:

                        "He only has one eye, but he still jumps pretty well."

                        Scared the daylights out of me, but both horses were awesome.
                        ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~


                        • #13
                          "sticky left lead" usually means NO left lead

                          "can get quick" ...er than a speeding train and stops about as easily

                          "set up to canter" a green draft cross means: if your inside leg isn't at 48.6 degrees latitude and you are not simultaneously squeezing, holding, giving, leaning back, and leaning forward, all you will do is a very extended trot...throw in "herdbound," and you have a very nice extended trot on a 10m circle in the middle

                          "needs crop and spurs" and calves of steel...
                          HAE Design


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by snaffle635 View Post
                            This happened to me twice (at two different schools) when I was in college:

                            "He only has one eye, but he still jumps pretty well."

                            Scared the daylights out of me, but both horses were awesome.

                            Yeah, we have one of those at our barn. He's actually a pretty nice ride once you tell him exactly where he's going. I had a vet tell me that their depth perception works differently from our's, so it's not as much of an issue for a horse to be half-blind.
                            "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                            Phoenix Animal Rescue


                            • #15
                              before a flat class: "DO NOT sit on her back" ... so much for equitation

                              in the horse description: 16.2 draft horse. LOTS OF LEG.


                              • #16
                                My favorite description for a draw when I was in college was:

                                "Off the Track"

                                Not so good to draw when you need one point to qualify for regional's at the last show of the season and there are 7 in your class.... needless to say I did not qualify... OOPS


                                • #17
                                  Girl holding him said he was "bouncy". Hardest trot to sit in my life. Seriously. But I won the class. OUCH.

                                  Then there was the 3 year old just broke. Now THAT was good times


                                  • #18
                                    "I don't know anything abut him, they just needed volunteers."

                                    I hated when school had people holding horses who didn't have any idea about them. At least have a horse list handy! Please!
                                    Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


                                    • #19
                                      My favourite was the tactfully put 'needs crop and spurs to jump'. This mare tried to stop at Every. Single. Fence. It was a little ridiculous. Gotta love the IHSA sometimes


                                      • #20
                                        my personal favorite inappropriate ihsa horse was the just-broke three year old that the (former) coach decided to use for the walk-trot classes because he needed to earn his keep, but the only things he could do under saddle were walk and trot....