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Never Send Non-Horsey Parents to the Tack Store

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  • Never Send Non-Horsey Parents to the Tack Store

    Right before my last show, I had to go out of town and I was coming back late the night before the show. Anyways, I didn't have time before I left to go to the tack store so I sent my dad. I told him to get some tiny nub spurs, a plain leather belt, some show sheen, and a pack of hairnets. I described everything over the phone and told him to ask the sales people if he needed help. This is what he came back with:
    -a pair of 1" spurs
    -a western rhinestone studded belt
    -leather new spray(he thought I said show shine and assumed it was leather cleaner)
    -a purple ear net
    -a pink sparkley crop
    -a pack of hairnets

    The only thing he got right was the hair nets! Apparently the sales person convinced him to buy some of their sale stuff(ie the ear net and the crop) and he didn't write down what I'd originally told him.
    Does anyone else have funny stories about non-horsey parents?!

  • #2
    Too funny!!!

    For future reference, if it's a friendly tack store, you can probably call up and give THEM the shopping list. Then just tell your bewildered parent to talk to the friendly people at the front desk.

    I'm very amused by the pink crop and rhinestone studded belt. No doubt he was wanting to indulge his "little girl"! Hope you went easy on him.

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    • #3
      Green horse?

      I was in the beginning of my first show season and it was raining at a small local show. My mom had her umbrella up and a woman came by and asked her to put it down because she had a green horse. My mom, very confused, came over and said that horse people are crazy and need new glasses because that lady over that thought hers was green

      Originally posted by indygirl2560 View Post
      Right before my last show, I had to go out of town and I was coming back late the night before the show. Anyways, I didn't have time before I left to go to the tack store so I sent my dad. I told him to get some tiny nub spurs, a plain leather belt, some show sheen, and a pack of hairnets. I described everything over the phone and told him to ask the sales people if he needed help. This is what he came back with:
      -a pair of 1" spurs
      -a western rhinestone studded belt
      -leather new spray(he thought I said show shine and assumed it was leather cleaner)
      -a purple ear net
      -a pink sparkley crop
      -a pack of hairnets

      The only thing he got right was the hair nets! Apparently the sales person convinced him to buy some of their sale stuff(ie the ear net and the crop) and he didn't write down what I'd originally told him.
      Does anyone else have funny stories about non-horsey parents?!

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      • #4
        Well, not parents, but we sent an 18 year old nephew to the feed store once to pick up 25 bales of hay. He had been staying with us, and helping out around the farm. He told the feed store that he could load them by himself, and came back with a lovely load of straw.

        Being a teenager with a know-it-all attitude, he was not too happy to be sent back!

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        • #5
          After being sent to the barn to fetch the "red cooler" my mother finally returned, exasperated, as she was unable to find a red Igloo cooler anywhere in the entire building!
          Originally posted by tidy rabbit
          Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.

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          • #6
            Very cute stories, I wish I had one to contribute but I always go to the tack shop myself so I have no one to blame.

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            • #7
              That's funny!

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              • #8
                These are great!

                I try never to go to a tack shop with my Dad because of the prices! I have to justify every purchase including why this show bridle is superior to the waxy cardboard schooling bridle etc. I understand he wants to know where this money is going and why, but this is also coming from the same Dad who wanted to know why my retired horse needed to see the farrier at all, let along every six weeks! (That one resulted in a death glare and lecture from my mum, would you want to stand on fingernails that were never trimmed?!)
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                • #9
                  Mine is not so much a tack story as it is a teenager story.

                  It's show season. One of my teenagers is known to wear VERY brightly colored bras to the barn. I frequently tease her about brightly colored bras. Thinking SURELY on show day she'll wear a regular WHITE bra.

                  Alas. No. It's 100 degress in Texas. She's wearing a white shirt.

                  And a BRIGHT blue and yellow bra underneath. Needless to say, who knows if the judge ever noticed our horse for staring at that insanely colored bra.

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                  • #10
                    My dad was nice enough to bear with me during the whole saddle shopping experience. The used saddle shop we ended up in was run by this super friendly older couple. Needless to say while I was trying out saddles my Dad talked to this couple for HOURS.

                    Guess that is where I get my chatty side from!

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                    • #11
                      I still call the feed store & place the order BEFORE my husband goes to pick it up. And he IS a horse person.

                      I would never trust him to buy tack by himself.

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                      • #12
                        I worked at a tack store for a couple of years....

                        A very nice Father came in with his daughter and a list from the trainer.

                        Well, about $1000 later when I was handing him his credit card and receipt he gave a rather baleful look and said "My other daughter is on the swim team".
                        Kanoe Godby
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                        See, I was raised by wolves and am really behind the 8-ball on diplomatic issue resolution.

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                        • #13
                          No the tack store BUT, we went to a horse show this weekend, my husbands first, I asked him to run down to the secretary and scratch my daughter from a class. When he did this the secretary asked him if we wanted to close out the check she was holding for us, he said YES, so check is written for $30. Little did I know that they never added my OLDER DD's classes to the check!!!! I had to call the show secretary today and make arrangements to send another check!! Lesson learned never send DH to take care of horse related things!!
                          Kim
                          If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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                          • #14
                            Not shopping, but turnout...
                            We have a mom who, back in her day, did some 4H showing but not much more. Daughter has a paint. They used the white paint stuff on the horses' white spots, which proceeded to run all over the place. I felt kinda' bad - they went to a western store to get stuff to make her nice & clean, spent a fortune and it didn't work out that way.
                            A proud friend of bar.ka.

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                            • #15
                              Don't send your husband, either. Last time I did that he came back carrying bikini underwear with horse heads, spurs and bits on it.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                                Don't send your husband, either. Last time I did that he came back carrying bikini underwear with horse heads, spurs and bits on it.
                                LOL! What tack store do YOU shop at? Are you sure he really went there?
                                Cindy

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Mali View Post
                                  LOL! What tack store do YOU shop at? Are you sure he really went there?
                                  This is too funny! The other day I was in the used tack store and saw a bikini with horse heads all over it. Had to laugh at who would pick that one up
                                  Experienced riders are not prone to brag. And usually newcomers, if they start out being boastful, end up modest. -C.J.J. Mullen

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                                  • #18
                                    I asked my dad for new spurs for Christmas last year, sent him the exact links to the Dover website for the spurs and the leather straps. Fool-proof, right?

                                    I opened up my present and had TWO pairs of spurs and TWO pairs of spur straps. WOW, thanks Dad!!! Ummmm, why do I get two pairs?? He didn't realize they were sold as a pair so he specified 2 in the quantity box

                                    Mom also rides so she got a new pair of spurs last Christmas too. Her and Dad have been divorced for twenty-odd years so THAT was a little awkward. "Look what Dad got you for Christmas!"
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                                    Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                                    • #19
                                      Last Christmas my dad sent me a horsey gift. He was very pleased with himself...I opened it. It was a coaster with a saddle bred on it. I have a quarter horse hunter.

                                      He is going to come down for my birthday next week and will me Mr. QH. Hopefully he will realize that he is not a hight stepping saddle bred.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JrHunterRider View Post
                                        This is too funny! The other day I was in the used tack store and saw a bikini with horse heads all over it. Had to laugh at who would pick that one up
                                        Oh man I would totally wear that....

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