19 things that horse owners can relate to…
We do love our horses; the smell, touch and feel is enough to melt any equestrian’s heart BUT and thats a big but, as with anything in life days don’t often go as smoothly as intended.
Here we run down 19 points that, if you are a horse owner, you’ll be able to relate to.
- The hay man running late … again
- The colour of feed and water bowls have to co ordinate, pink for mare, blue for gelding (unless you’re a ‘girly girl’ and EVERYTHING is pink, even the geldings rug)
- Electric fencing that won’t stay in place
- Horses that escape, with said electric fencing being snapped (poles) and trodden into the mud (fencing) – each time reminding you of the need to buy a new battery
- Overflowing muck heaps and the individual that likes to dump at the bottom, every time!
- Wheelbarrows being left full
- Gates that don’t close without a lift, push, pull and a clang
- Having to collect the horse’s rug from the middle of the field, where he over so delicately placed it, in Jodhpur boots of even worse, trainers
- On the topic of mud, owners getting stuck in the mud whilst holding the gate with 5+ large horses cantering towards them is a particular favourite for nosey onlookers and outdoor enthusiasts
- Tacking up, climbing on board and entering the arena, only to realise the horse is lame
- On bringing a non ‘horsey’ friend to the yard, it’s a complete mess and the horse acts like a twit the entire time
- The snapped shavings falk is telling of a heavy winter
- Turning out when you’re in a rush and not being able to find the horse’s lead rope
- Getting to the yard to realise your muckers are at home and you have to muck out in work heels
- Horse shoes getting torn off in bog
- The items of tack and yard gear that just disappear
- Drumming up the enthusiasm to ride, yet when you arrive the arena is in use and there’s a 2 hour wait time
- Strange looks from shoppers in the supermarket, school mums and those in coffee shops
- Partners that never understand the importance of getting out of bed and down to the yard for 7am on a weekend
Sure we’ve missed some? Then leave your comments below…