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Insulted my horse - want to rant

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carabos · 05/03/2013 12:15

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...

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QuietTiger · 05/03/2013 12:21

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

HumphreyCobbler · 05/03/2013 12:23

she is showing her lack of knowledge

pity her ignorance and despise her Grin

DolomitesDonkey · 05/03/2013 12:25

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 · 05/03/2013 14:07

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 · 05/03/2013 14:39

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 · 05/03/2013 15:04

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

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Butkin · 05/03/2013 15:08

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 · 05/03/2013 15:11

this thread has amused me a lot, sorry op Grin

CMOTDibbler · 05/03/2013 15:18

He's lovely Carabos.

Dpony gets insulted a lot. He generally deserves it Grin

carabos · 05/03/2013 15:22

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 .

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Ranthambore · 05/03/2013 15:39

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 · 05/03/2013 16:28

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.

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countingto10 · 05/03/2013 16:51

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 · 05/03/2013 16:52

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 · 05/03/2013 16:59

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 · 05/03/2013 17:32

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 · 05/03/2013 18:52

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 · 05/03/2013 19:50

tee hee. What a plonker.... or whatever the female version is. Your horse is lovely carabos. :) 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 · 05/03/2013 19:56

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

carabos · 05/03/2013 20:02

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.

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MoonlightandRoses · 05/03/2013 20:06

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

carabos · 05/03/2013 20:11

Ha Moonlight v funny, clever. Grin

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tazzle22 · 05/03/2013 20:13

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 · 05/03/2013 20:58

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

DameFanny · 05/03/2013 21:15

Shock I had no idea you could get a horse to skip.

And now I have no idea how I got in here

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