It’s the final anonymous survey blog post! I daresay today is the least controversial of the three posts… which may be good. I get the sense that after last week’s post, everyone is ready for a little less drama on their lives!
Thoughts on overall horsemanship.
I had a bad experience in IHSA, and I’d like to share it, and call out a few specific barns in the process… but I don’t want to stir drama. Seriously though, it’s not okay to use barely broke, or dead-lame horses for IHSA!
Shut up and just ride your horse. Ride and love the horse you have and quit pretending that your horse has super secret hidden powers. Its a horse. You can ridr with the best trainer and own a great horse but if you are a shit rider…you probably aren’t going to win. A great rider on a shit horse…you have a good chance of having fun and the win becomes extra special. And stop ASSuming you know everything there is to know about horses just because you read about it in a magazine. Don’t like your barn, LEAVE. Your negativity makes me hate you.
I wish I could call out people in the local horse community for being shady and demonstrating shitty horsemanship and morals. I don’t share my blog with any of my friends but since it’s on the interwebs I sensor myself to a degree when I might mention other happenings in my life. I try to keep my blog generally positive because it’s a journal of my horses non-linear progress….and I don’t want it to be too whiny.
The reason your horse’s feet are bad is because your farrier is doing a terrible job.
That I am pissed off, that my good friend has chosen to put showing and ribbons above horse care and treating people with respect. I will never respect those who drug to win, or just make very bad horsemanship choices just for a ribbon!
Turning your horses out will solve so many of the training issues you keep ranting about.
Your vet is robbing you!
I would call out the slimy local horse dealer who continues to get rich selling garbage to the inexperienced and uneducated. It makes me furious to see it continue to happen while honest people like me struggle just to get by in this industry.
Please feed your horse. If he can’t gain weight, put him down. Loving him is NOT ENOUGH. Keep him healthy or don’t drag out his discomfort. You are selfish
I knew there’d be some barn drama!
Boarder #1 – please pick up on my non-verbals!!! I don’t care about you and your husband and all the drama in your lives!! Boarder #2 – You are a complete idiot and you should kiss my feet everytime you see me and then you should kiss your horse for not killing you and your children. Friend #1 – As much as I love hanging out with you, no I don’t want to spend 3 hours WALKING our horses on a trail.
I would talk about the crazy frustrations I have with my barn’s assistant trainer, who drives me up a wall every day. I would also probably discuss some of the insane barn drama that occurs, and some of the sadness I feel when a horse is injured or has surgery. There would be more interpersonal relationship stuff, rather than glossing over it, and I would definitely discuss my frustrations with certain people/staff/policies etc.
The few dressage riders that do ride in my city are for the most part, a selfish bunch who resent any success a newbie might have. When I first made the switch to dressage, they REFUSED to offer any support or any guidance. Basically, they gave the sport a bad name. Because of them, my local dressage chapter is actually with another city 45 miles away. You ladies SUCK!
I would have loved to share some of the crazy barn drama that just about made me give up riding a while back. I know I can’t be the only one! But, to put all the crazy out there would have meant details, and not only do the other people deserve privacy, I worried about the internet reception to ‘Hey, the crazy lady is scared of my horse and rather than go in the paddock has been rationing my horse’s water and ‘forgets’ to feed and it took several weeks and multiple visits from the vet for me to figure it out!” Ouch.
other people at my barn that do dumb things, real, more in depth reasons for leaving a barn
Barn owners get similar criticism to trainers.
I also wish I could be more honest with my barn owner: your own horse is too thin, your understanding of horse care is outdated and quite often wrong, and you are often rude. Just because you own the place doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have to follow the “sharing” rules. Why should I have to move out of the cross ties in the barn aisle when you can simply go out the other way? No, I do not want to stand and hold your horse every time you need to pee. No, my horse did not threaten to kick you when you walked by. Please don’t shake the tarp behind me as I lead my horse by. Please don’t leave your stall gate open so that it stands in the middle of the barn aisle. How can I safely walk my horse by? Stop me now, please. I could go on and on. I only blog about good things if they pertain to other people. Sometimes I wish I could just blog about EVERYTHING without the need for a filter.
My current barn owner is terrible and hasn’t got a clue about either horses or barn management!
Barns should be operated with honesty and integrity but in my experience the only thing that matters is th money!
I’d love to talk about the horrible barn manager that was feeding my horse one flake of hay a day on a dirt pen and kept telling me that I needed to up the grain. Didn’t find out until she asked me to watch the farm for her for a weekend. I showed up the next morning and opened a whole bale of hay for the horses. And then I started calling around and moved out two weeks later.
I would love to talk about the fact that there seems to be an astonishing number of barn owners/managers who are truly insane. What is up with that? Do they go crazy from running the barn, or is it that a lot of crazy people tend to want to be in charge of boarding/training facilities?
Overall, I thought this blog series was interesting. It was a bit more of a rant fest than I anticipated, so I”m not sure I’ll repeat it. I would challenge any equestrian blogger out there to take on some of these topics and respectfully turn them into blog posts. There is a lot of content here that is worth discussing!
What do y’all think?