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  • Things non-horse people don't understand

    I was in a meeting at work with several men and me (female). They were talking about golf clubs. I don't golf, so I asked if people need custom golf clubs. Then I mentioned I recently ordered a custom saddle.

    They said 'Custom saddle? Do you sit in a mold?'

    How embarrassing!!!!
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    Why you have to clean a horses sheath or udders

    Why my horse needs a $400 Rambo winter blanket when I refuse to pay over $30 for a winter jacket of my own

    Why I will give a horse as much time off for an injury as needed, but will gallop a horse with a cast on myself

    Taking your hand to a person and gently asking them to 'move over' sometimes with a cluck if they are in the way

    The horses getting weekly massages, regular chiro visits, and laser therapy when I have never had a massage *other then my husband* or had a chiro visit

    Why I will spend hours cleaning the stable/tack/my horses when it is hard to even walk in the living room somedays

    Can listen about other peoples horses or look at old videos or photos for hours but my eyes glaze over when they mention their children or their cruise trip

    Thinking that horse's have a 'smell'

    I could go on and on

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    • #3
      I just got another "riding is a non-sport sport" the only athleticism is in the horse They said it was just like NASCAR lol.

      Anyways... I love talking to non horsey people about horsey things. I heard someone refer to reins as "strings" on Make Me a Supermodel BF once asked "But if you buy them as ponies aren't they cheaper?"
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      • #4
        I have to do a paper for anatomy & physiology on all of the muscles used in an activity...it was originally going to be a group project, but when the teacher paired me with a girl who was going to write about sewing and justified the pairing as "they're similar activities," I had to just shake my head. My paper is going to be very, very in-depth.
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        • #5
          The cost and seriousness involved in horses. Yes my horse costs more than a BMW, and yes every little thing has to be done a certain way.

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          • #6
            I love it, GaellentQuest, that your tack is beautiful and the living room, well, not so much. Me too (I won't leave the barn until every last bit of debris is swept from the aisle, but I'm lucky to sweep my kitchen floor once per week).

            I mentioned something about my horse's blanket to someone at work last week and they just looked at me. I think they were thinking I tucked my horse into bed each night.

            Many non horsey friends of mine are surprised to learn my horses have personalities. They completely understand their dogs have unique personalities but can't fathom that in a horse.

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            • #7
              roo-

              Yup, I can honestly say that I usually won't let anyone in our apt! But unless it is the coldest of the months *ie when it gets -40 here* the stable is clean *oh and when I am not having surgery! and the woman who owns the place isn't working 16hr nights back to back*

              I have had TONS of people not understand that the horses have different personalities. I tell them about say one of the younger ones, "oh ya, he is like a big dog, you can bring him in and love him up all you want" and then my TB " well no one will buy him for his personality! He is all work. Doesn't like brushing, doesn't like loving up. Pretty much he says Lets just work! Then leave me the heck alone!" he is happy as can be when he is working, but other then that

              If you really want to confuse people refer to your horse's blanket as his rug. I have had people ask why I would put a carpet on my horse!

              You sweep your kitchen once a week? Don't let my husband hear that! He will try to get me to do that too!

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              • #8
                Why I would want to go riding after work on Friday rather than happy hour
                Love my "Slo-TTB"

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                • #9
                  Why I'm at Garden State instead of prom! (granted, it's junior prom, so it's a joke)
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                  • #10
                    It can even be other horse people...

                    We had a person moving out of here the other day, and someone came to help haul the horses to the new place. She made the comment, "Why are there sissy jumps in the arena, instead of barrels?" I bit my tongue, but wanted to say, "ANYONE can turn, it takes a real equestrian to FLY."
                    My last GF wanted to only trail ride and couldn't understand I wanted to show...
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                    • #11
                      that if our horse has funky coloring, we most likely have not dyed it...I was leading the Fjord I ride back to the barn and this guy who was doing work on the farm asked if I'd dyed his mane...
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                      • #12
                        I'm on an NCAA equestrian team, and when I tell people I'm a student athlete this is generally how the conversation goes:

                        Person: Oh! What sport do you play?!
                        Me: I'm on the equestrian team.
                        Person: Ohhh. So you swim?
                        Me: No. That's aquatics. I ride horses.
                        Person: That's a sport?? But the horses do all the work!

                        Yeah, that happens A LOT.

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                        • #13
                          Recently I was at the barn riding my new mare (got her Feb 1st). There's a young girl (prob age 11) that also boards at the barn but only comes out if her grandfather can take her. The grandfather, after seeing me there a few times over the past few weeks, asked if I came out to ride every day. I told him that I try to ride at least 6 days a week but sometimes it's not always possible with school. His response, "wow you must really like your horse."

                          I had to stop myself from laughing. It was sort of cute though!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tbhuntergirl View Post
                            I'm on an NCAA equestrian team, and when I tell people I'm a student athlete this is generally how the conversation goes:

                            Person: Oh! What sport do you play?!
                            Me: I'm on the equestrian team.
                            Person: Ohhh. So you swim?
                            Me: No. That's aquatics. I ride horses.
                            Person: That's a sport?? But the horses do all the work!

                            Yeah, that happens A LOT.
                            I've had the same conversation MANY times.

                            One time I was wearing a "BlankU Equestrian" shirt on the plane. A woman sits down next to me and asks:
                            So you play soccer?
                            Me: Umm excuse me?
                            Woman: Your shirt- you play soccer?
                            Me: No I'm on the equestrian team, I ride horses.
                            Woman: That's nice- so how do you like playing soccer?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
                              I've had the same conversation MANY times.

                              One time I was wearing a "BlankU Equestrian" shirt on the plane. A woman sits down next to me and asks:
                              So you play soccer?
                              Me: Umm excuse me?
                              Woman: Your shirt- you play soccer?
                              Me: No I'm on the equestrian team, I ride horses.
                              Woman: That's nice- so how do you like playing soccer?
                              Don't you love talking to people who don't actually listen to you?
                              No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
                                I've had the same conversation MANY times.

                                One time I was wearing a "BlankU Equestrian" shirt on the plane. A woman sits down next to me and asks:
                                So you play soccer?
                                Me: Umm excuse me?
                                Woman: Your shirt- you play soccer?
                                Me: No I'm on the equestrian team, I ride horses.
                                Woman: That's nice- so how do you like playing soccer?
                                Yes! That happens a lot too! We've also been asked if we are cheerleaders or a basketball team whenever we travel. It's like do we really look TALL enough to be basketball players??

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                                • #17
                                  Bodyclipping! My non-horsey friends sooo don't get why we cut off all their hair, then have to put blankets on them!

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                                  • #18
                                    GallentQuest, sooooooo many things you said, but here's the one that really does it for me: WHY can I move my horse out of my personal space with a finger, but most people?! Not with @#$%! baseball bat!!!
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                                    • #19
                                      People at work just don't understand that leaving on time to take care of my horses is just as important to me as a person leaving on time to pick up their kids from day care (or to just spend time with their kids).

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                                      • #20
                                        People don't understand that the time involved to care for my horse is a necessity.

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