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    "Interesting" things that non-horse people have said to you...

    I am sure that there have been similar threads in the past, but thought it might be fun to revisit this....

    This past weekend, a professional photographer came out to the therapeutic riding center I teach at to take portraits of riders and their families with some of the horses. The horses were steadfast in the face of behavior from the photographer and her assistant that was a bit clueless - popping open large reflectors and umbrellas in their faces, tossing things about, leaning hard on a pony's butt to shoot over his ears. The photos were looking great - and then the photographer turned to me and said she wanted a series of photos with the family standing closely all around the pony, hugging him as he sits on the grass. Ummmmm... SITS??!! I said that pony could not do that - and the photographer asked for a horse that "knew basic obedience". She thought it might be fun to have another horse lay down and then the kids could sit on his back...

    Heh. I guess ground tying was not enough! The photos did turn out well, despite our steeds lacking not sitting on command...

    Not about horses, per se...but the 7-11 clerk once asked me if my tall boots were to "keep my ankles from breaking".


      A visitor to the track, upon seeing the shedrow with all the haynets filled for the day.

      "Well isn't that sweet! They all have little balls of food hanging outside their apartments!"


        My dear, sweet grandma has come to visit the horses a few times, usually in spring/summer, when they are decked out in their fly gear. She was apparently very impressed when I explained what the sheets and masks were for. Visiting in her assisted living facility a while back, she was introducing me to some of the other residents and staff and told them that I have horses, and they require a lot of work and care. "She even has bug jackets and bug bonnets for them so the chiggers and skeeters don't get them!" This was met with many oohs and aahs. And I absolutely adored "bug bonnets," LOL!
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          Originally posted by Hej View Post
          A visitor to the track, upon seeing the shedrow with all the haynets filled for the day.

          "Well isn't that sweet! They all have little balls of food hanging outside their apartments!"
          Aw, that's actually kind of sweet and endearing.


            And while on this topic, let's not forget the classic: "how was your race?" after a horse show.


              I was riding a friend's lovely, petite TB today while the roofers are reshingling the house. She was stellar, and garnered a few comments. The two that made me smile the most were, "That horse is HUGE!" and "That one must be a racehorse. The brown ones almost always are." Little Lucy is the smallest in the barn, and while she is a TB, I'm not sure that the comment was based on her TB characteristics. Nice guys though, and super exposure for the young horse to work while the old roof was being pulled off within sight.


                I had a coworker ask me if my horse wore a "sweater" in the winter when it's cold out!


                  A fellow student's grandparents had come to watch her ride during their visit. I was in the cross-ties tacking up for my lesson near where they were sitting and watching. We said hello, nice to meet you... and Grandpa commented on my large (17.2hh) horse. Well, yes, he is pretty tall, even for a horse. Then he asked if I race him. No, he is not the right breed (WB) and generally too old (8) and really not that fast (slow-motion is a more apt description). Grandpa would have none of it. He insisted he looked fast and would be a winner on the track, LOL! We left it as it would be interesting to see.
                  "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham


                    Originally posted by ChasPonyCat View Post
                    And while on this topic, let's not forget the classic: "how was your race?" after a horse show.

                    And you answer "We had a great weekend! We won both our classes and qualified for Regionals!"
                    And they say "So how much money did you win?


                      My favourite is always asking why we blindfold the horses (fly masks!).


                        I always enjoy the steadfast comment "Well it's not like you do anything when you ride - the horse does all the work!". Someone said that to me recently at work the day after I had a really tough lesson and I just about bit his head off.


                          All time favorites -

                          Friend explaining to her children that I had to leave to go tack up horses for afternoon lessons -

                          "She has to go put on the horse's furniture."

                          Same friend, seeing my horse tacked up for hunting, complete with sandwich case -

                          "Why is that horse wearing a purse?"

                          Fly mask = blindfolds.

                          Ear nets = hats.

                          Turnout rugs = coat or pajamas.
                          The plural of anecdote is not data.


                            My favourite is always asking why we blindfold the horses (fly masks!).
                            All the time!

                            I can't figure out why people think we'd be so willing to abuse our animals.

                            When I say I ride, people always try to impress me with their riding skills. There was the guy who told me his mare was "15.5 hands" and another who told me that the ranch, "let me ride a black stallion. She was awesome!" The one I remember most vividly at the moment was one of my younger brother's friends, in her late teens, coming over to see my horses. She told me she'd helped break a friend's young stallion, but when I quizzed her further she didn't know the difference between English and Western or what the different horse gaits were. My brother told me later that she's well-known for stretching the truth. She did amuse me though

                            Nothing beat the day someone asked me why we didn't turn out a mare and her young (stallion) son together. "But they're family!"

                            "Well it's not like you do anything when you ride - the horse does all the work!"
                            I always want to invite them to ride around a cross country course. Somebody said the other day that "jockeys aren't exactly athletes". I think my brain exploded. Jockeys are the freaking epitome of athletes!


                              Originally posted by McGurk View Post
                              All time favorites -

                              Friend explaining to her children that I had to leave to go tack up horses for afternoon lessons -

                              "She has to go put on the horse's furniture."

                              Well, in her defense, saddles CAN be furniture:

                              I often hear coats or pajamas for blankets, but to be honest I think it's cute to refer to my horse wearing a coat or jammies and sometimes use the terms myself


                                I always offer the people who say "But you just sit there, the horse does all the work!" a free riding lesson.

                                So far, they've been smart enough not to take me up on it.
                                The plural of anecdote is not data.


                                  I love it when people ask how long it takes DH to clean out all those stalls. The answer is no time at all, because he doesn't ever clean stalls unless I am on my death bed sick. It is just assumed since he's the man, he does it. How funny is that?
                                  Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley


                                    Just yesterday I was shipping a pair of chinks to have them repaired. The UPS man asked what was in the box and when I said chinks he stopped and gave me a stern, almost dirty look. I said "you wear them when you ride a horse, sort of short chaps". He asked why they weren't just called that instead of something so offensive.


                                      A non-horsy friend used to ask me repeatedly if hay was all my horses ate.
                                      He was incredulous that something so large "can live just off grass".

                                      Then there's my wiseass friend who accompanied me to a show at Lamplight to watch a friend show my Hunter.
                                      As we entered the grounds he announced in his best Outdoor Voice:
                                      "Where do you bet on these things?"
                                      <insert sound of HP necks creaking, along with withering glances>
                                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                        Oh! I remembered another one.

                                        A few years ago, I was at a hunter pace that supports the local Ruritan group and one of the old guys said something complimentary about my mare, referring to her as "he". I responded by saying something like "Thank you, she's a good girl."
                                        and he looked me in the eye and said:

                                        That is NOT a female horse. God don't make girls that big.