Does anyone else feel that way sometimes? All the time? Old man who yells at cloud style?
Being a horse person, we are just all so passionate you know? I know I am, not to mention on some of my opinions I am 100% sure that I AM RIGHT AND THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. Spoiler alert: this is not an attractive quality and duh, there are often multiple, very valid methods and schools of thought in the horse world. I know. Total shocker.
Without further ado, here is a list of my current peeves. It is in no way complete. I am a flawed and judgmental person. I realize this is not a good quality in a person.
Nope. Not when riding and NOT EVER when lunging. Who wants rope burns? I certainly don’t. Seeing the ungloved hands on someone else while they ride isn’t such a huge pet peeve, more like, omg how can they stand it? But the lunging. That bothers me when I see anyone lunging a horse with no gloves.
Improperly done up lunge line
The pony club way is the only way for me on this one. There is no negotiation. I need to be able to lengthen and shorten the line quickly and without dealing with tangles or any part of the line touching the ground. I just can’t do it. I will redo any lunge line I see in any tack room that is just wadded up or rolled like a hose. Nope nope nope.
This one is a no brainer (har har). If you are sitting on a horse you need a helmet on your head. End of story. There are no instances where a bare head is ok.
Bridles put back together incorrectly
This one might be specific to lesson barns. While I appreciate the kids who want to clean tack thoroughly if you don’t know how to put the bridle back together correctly then ask someone. Don’t just put it together wrong and leave it for someone else to fix.
Full cheek bits with no keepers
Is this a new trend? I see them EVERYWHERE. I understand the action of the bit changes with keepers vs without but I just can’t get past the thought of how many things the bit could catch on. When I see full cheeks sans keepers AND a running martingale I just cringe even more.
This one makes me feel like a dinosaur, but I just do not like seeing horses in fly bonnets. I don’t like that it has become just another space to advertise your brand or your sponsors. Would you want a brand name on your forehead?? I don’t like that there are some people who use them to keep in earplugs in the jumping phases (is that even legal?). It seems that if your horse is that spooky or distractible then you need to go back to schooling/desensitizing instead of using earplugs. Much less important is I simply don’t like how they look. I LIKE a nicely braided forelock and being able to see the horses face. I hate when you see the fly bonnets just flipping up constantly over fences. I know I might be the only one with this opinion too and I have no plans to do anything a just not use them on my horse and keep my dislike to myself around others.
Much more generally and most importantly, people who blame their horse for things going poorly. I find its generally a rider issue, a training issue, or a pain issue. Don’t try to blame your horse around me. A true horseperson will instead try their hardest to figure out if its training, pain, or rider and act accordingly. Be a true horseperson.