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Insulted my horse - want to rant

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carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 12:15:50

There's a young woman who is a client at the same yard as me. She has a horse which has been off for 6 months with a serious tendon injury. Prior to the injury she was struggling to make any progress with it - prelim dressage level- as it is nappy, far too big for her, over fed and under-worked.

At the weekend she was passing the time of day while I tacked up my Prix St George horse for my lesson. She said that she was fed up with not riding and was looking for an all-rounder "like yours" to "just have a bit of fun on". She asked about mine - age, breeding etc and even though I explained that he is competing at FEI level and may do a Grand Prix later this year (with his professional rider my DH), she still said "something cheap and cheerful like that would suit me perfectly for the moment" shock.

My much admired horse was bred by me, from a mare owned by me, trained and competed by my husband and is currently worth about £40k.

Insult me, insult my kids, but don't insult my horse wink.

And breathe...

QuietTiger Tue 05-Mar-13 12:21:54

Clearly she has more money than sense, if she thinks £40k is cheap. grin

HumphreyCobbler Tue 05-Mar-13 12:23:45

she is showing her lack of knowledge

pity her ignorance and despise her grin

DolomitesDonkey Tue 05-Mar-13 12:25:00

Mental! Would love to see your mare at work! smile Tell us more about her please.

Maybe she thinks "all rounder" means "will learn the test for me and carry me around the ring"? wink

frostyfingers Tue 05-Mar-13 14:07:29

Aren't some people just brilliant - she was probably trying to get a rise from you. Deep breaths, ignore and think deathly things about her!

When selling our house ages ago I was showing one buyer round the paddocks and yard and he stopped to look at my horse. "What breed is he?" was the question, "TB" the answer. Stupid man then said "really, he looks far too heavyset for that, are you sure?" Feeling deeply hacked off I showed him the Wetherby's passport when we got back to the house! If he'd made an offer I'm not sure I would have accepted it, on the basis that he'd been damn rude about my lovely horsie!

chocolatecakeystuff Tue 05-Mar-13 14:39:42

I insult both my horses all the time... often they're threatened with the 'burger' treatment.

On the other hand anyone else insults them annoys me. However unlike yours they're nothing fancy! Would be highly offended in your position. Just remember to be smug that your horse is better than hers, not to mention she's going nowhere fast anyway!

carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 15:04:01

Here you go Dolomites he's not a mare - bred from a mare we owned.

Butkin Tue 05-Mar-13 15:08:15

Never insulted as such but it did used to make me smile when I was out hunting and people would sidle up to me and say "that's a nice type - have you considered showing him"? This was when he'd been to HOYS multiple times and won at the Royal International!

Mitchy1nge Tue 05-Mar-13 15:11:52

this thread has amused me a lot, sorry op grin

CMOTDibbler Tue 05-Mar-13 15:18:43

He's lovely Carabos.

Dpony gets insulted a lot. He generally deserves it grin

carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 15:22:03

CMOTDibbler he does get insulted a lot, and deserves it (dropped me and broke my wrist a year ago) but I'll be the one doing the insulting please grin. The girl said she had some money from Xmas - about 3k- and that was what she wanted to spend to get a horse like mine <rofl>.

Ranthambore Tue 05-Mar-13 15:39:41

She obviously wants to have a bit of fun 'skipping around the field' like in your link grin and fails to see the quality of the horse.

He is beautiful.

Only I am allowed to insult my horses. Anyone else dare and I'll be after them with a pitchfork. I was recently offered similar money for my eventer who is CCI* * * level currently sadly not riden by me competitively anymore - obviously a 'good all rounder' there.

carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 16:28:17

Thank you all for the compliments. All our horses are gorgeous, of course they are, and they're special to us, and I wouldn't dream of undermining anyone else's idea of specialness.

One of the most admired horses on our yard is a steady Eddie cob, part Shire, who you could ride all day and who is the horse for all of our dotage years. He's the one that a couple of liveries "wouldn't be seen dead on" hmm - they should count their blessings, plenty of people would give their eye teeth for a horse like him.

countingto10 Tue 05-Mar-13 16:51:16

My DH insulted my DHorse. He went to an antiques fair and bought me an old print with a picture of a very, VERY similar looking horse saying it reminded him of DHorse - underneath the print was the inscription "Cart Cob" hmm grin.

DHorse is priceless to me ..........

DolomitesDonkey Tue 05-Mar-13 16:52:04

And I've I insulted his winky! wink

Well, having watched the video - I wouldn't mind an all-rounder like that myself. grin

Am feeling wistful, my mare did those beautiful flying changes until her arthritis kicked in.

MoonlightandRoses Tue 05-Mar-13 16:59:50

Having looked at the video, if she's seen yours doing that and thinks 'it's a bit of fun/all rounder'...I can't wait to see what happens when she gets something not at all like DH(orse) and tries for the same competitions grin grin

I try to avoid 'stressage' myself, for the very reason that while it looks amazing, it's bloody difficult to get right.

[Sticks elbows out and heads off over a few ditches on hunter...]

Booboostoo Tue 05-Mar-13 17:32:11

She sounds completely ignorant!

Someone needs to tell that poor "allrounder, cheap and cheerful horse" of yours that 15 tempis are sufficient, he looks like he could go on forever! grin

horseylady Tue 05-Mar-13 18:52:22

Beautiful horse!!!

Clearly knows nothing!!

I call mine moose. In fact I'm fairly sure she thinks that's her name.... She gallops over when I call her!!

lovebeansontoast Tue 05-Mar-13 19:50:32

tee hee. What a plonker.... or whatever the female version is. Your horse is lovely carabos. smile When I next rustle up 3k I'll call you. grin

I also insult mine. He is a very sweet elderly gentleman with the head of a schoolboy. Noone else is allowed to though. I left a yard when YM referred to him as "boring". She meant he has good manners, unlike her troop of idiot nutters. It still makes me cross.angry

CalamityKate Tue 05-Mar-13 19:56:35

Lets face it. She's either genuinely stupid or she's just being a cow deliberately.

carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 20:02:25

Calamity I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt and assuming she's stupid. She's very much a pony club princess type, the parents have lots of money and like cocaine, she's hanging around at home not sure what she wants to do with her life and seems entirely empty-headed grin.

I'm sure she has a heart of gold wink.

MoonlightandRoses Tue 05-Mar-13 20:06:33

Probably from Tiffany's and hanging around her neck though. wink

carabos Tue 05-Mar-13 20:11:46

Ha Moonlight v funny, clever. grin

tazzle22 Tue 05-Mar-13 20:13:52

wow what a credit to you both he is carabos ......... said female clearly knows nowt about horses or stressage. Even I know that you do not get to flying changes like that ( and so very relaxed its a pleasure to watch !!!!) without a lot of work and dedication never mind natural and athletic ability.

She is not in touch with reality if she thinks 3K will get a prix st georges gee gee shock

That might not get a good mannered fun allrounder wink

Some people try to insult my daughters 1/2 shire horse as she is a bit "saggy" and hairy ... but you know what I would not swap her or my "plain" welshie for anyone. Kids can play ball and bikes and trampoline in the yard and even crawl under their bellies and I know they will not move an inch. I can put toddlers on their backs and they will tread softly and slowly. I can give them a learner each and they will treat them gently...... yet when I get on they back up to a breath in, and move to a muscle twitch in a leg or a finger . However they can still give me a hard time if they are in the mood to go faster / eat grass out on hacks if they fancy a grin ( they only ever do that with people who think they can ride though !!!!!)

B is 22 and can still jump 4' so obviously being "saggy" does not hold her back grin ..... and she is priceless to us because of her temperament.

So yes, insult us but not our horses !!!!

Eve Tue 05-Mar-13 20:58:34

What's the expression... All the gear, no idea!

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