Monday, May 27, 2013

Twisting Boot?

Lilly's left Renegade boot kept twisting at the show this past weekend. The right boot stayed on perfectly, but I had to adjust that left boot three different times. I'm hoping I just need to tighten up the cables and don't end up needing to do something a bit more drastic, like buy a new boot because this one no longer fits. Anyone else have trouble with their Renegade boots twisting?

I'm going to have to look over the directions online because I don't remember how to do it. I didn't have my little screwdriver with me at the show or I would have thought about attempting it there.

Looking good in her boots!
While I'm on the subject of boots, what do people have against me showing in hoof boots? This is the third time I showed her in hoof boots, and this is the third time I've had people point at Lilly's hooves and whisper amongst each other. I suppose it's possible they're just wondering what kind of boots I have on her hooves, but I usually get a dirty look from someone in the group. The show on Saturday was no exception, and these people didn't even try to hide the fact that they were talking about my sweet pony. What gives?

13 comments:

  1. I wonder if they think you are rising a lame horse. ..? I don't know nut sometimes the peopler at sshows are the absolute worst.

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    1. That's possible, I guess. You should have seen the looks on their faces.

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  2. My guess is that people are unfamiliar with boots. I assume they're most often used by trail riders. There is a large portion of the show world that things metal shoes are the only way to go and they have their horses shod without ever exploring other options.

    It's also possible, as Milo said, that they are wondering what's wrong with your horse that she needs such weird and (to them) unfamiliar equipment. Or perhaps wondering why you get to use those but they can't use their leg protection? Did you check with the judge before hand to see if there would be any penalties for that kind of equipment?

    Either way don't let those random people bother you. There are all kinds of people in the horse world and some of them are downright jerks. They're just jealous of your adorable little palomino.

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    1. I checked with the show manager before the show on Saturday to make sure I wouldn't be marked down or DQ'd for wearing the boots and she said it would be fine to wear them. We were the only ones there with boots, but I heard another girl saying she wished she had some for her mare because she was a bit ouchie in the arena.

      It's like they think I'm cheating or something...

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  3. Barefoot is not "normal". Hoof boots are not "normal". You must be some kind of cheap-ass horse owner to keep your horse barefoot. Besides, it's cruel. Haven't you seen how barefoot horses limp around?

    Not that *I* think those things. But that's pretty much the response I get when I tell my instructors or people at their barn that my horses are barefoot. They just get this look of shocked horror. It's just not the way things are DONE, you know? Fortunately people seem to think that the EasyBoot Trails are actually bell boots, so I don't get as much flack for them as I do the regular EasyBoots.

    People are so judgmental about shoes. Sigh.

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    1. That's exactly how they made me feel, Jen! Like a cheap-ass horse owner who enjoys riding a lame horse! I came very close to asking them if they had questions they wanted to ask me, because I'd be happy to answer them, but they just sneered and I held my tongue.

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  4. I get a similiar response because I ride my horse in a sidepull (... ya know that's just a glorified halter right? do you have any control in it.. etc etc), I find that, as other people have said in the comments, because it's not the "norm", people are unsure/snarky/mean about it. I also think that a lot of people see barefoot or bitless horses and instantly jump to the conclusion that their owners are crazy and will lambast them for having bitted or shod horses. I get that a lot too.

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    1. I see a lot of weird stuff at shows too, like the girl who had a bra on her horse's head. One of his eyes was covered up by a bra cup, and the other was not. Wonder if they sneered at her??

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  5. I suspect it's unfamiliarity combined with questions of whether or not they are legal to show in. Easiest way to eliminate the competition would be to yell "she's breaking the rules!" I don't believe we are allowed at Arabian shows which is a shame since I keep Dee barefoot and crappy surfaces around the show grounds resulted in a lot of unnecessary chips.

    Interesting, just like jenj I get a lot of puzzled looks at the idea that I don't shoe, even for showing. Like it's just not possible! Well, just watch us!

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    1. I'm not sure if I can use them at the APHA shows or not. I didn't think about that, but I might need to look into it if we're going to show the APHA show in July.

      Why is having a barefoot horse so weird? I just don't get it.

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  6. Horse people are the most judgemental folks on the face of the earth! It's their way, or it's wrong.

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  7. Becca, I thought you might be interested in Kacey's review of the Easy Boot Glove, just as data. http://allhorsestuff.blogspot.com/2013/05/testing-testing.html

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