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Date:4/17/2014 8:39:51 PM
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My Horse Story Continued
that I never met before came up to me and asked if I wanted to lease a horse (She was going to a new barn and she couldn't lease him anymore). And I was like "HECK YEAH!", and so she talked to my mom and she then we talked to his owner and we had it situated that I could lease him. His name was Scout. He is a saddlebred/paint horse. He is the sweetest thing. I have bonded with him so much over the 7 months that I have been leasing him. We have had times when I was just so frustrated with him that I couldn't stand to ride him, and then other times where I just was so happy to have him that I never wanted to leave his side. But, back to the story, after many months of becoming into horses and learning new things from my friends and leasing Scout, I started to realize some things about my old barn. They only had 8 horses, that would get out from 2-3 times a day, with little beginners flopping around on their backs and kicking their sides so hard that it sounded like they were going to leave a dent on the horses' rib cages. The way that some of the instructors treated the volunteers didn't appeal to me very much. Including how some of them treated me. One liked to pick favorites, one would just scream at you whenever you did something wrong, and all of them would talk behind each other's backs. A couple of the things that annoyed me the most was when someone told me to discipline a horse one way, I did, then another instructor would come up to me and say "You can never do that to a horse!", and really? I mean, I didn't really know what I was doing when I was there, I was obeying someone else's rules and then I got lectured for it. The other thing was how the instructors would talk behind my friend's back to the "more experienced" volunteers about how weird they were or how they don't know anything about horses. So, after a little while, I decided to leave that barn. I didn't want to be part of a place that overused their ponies and were unkind to the people that helped them out. Now, I come to see Scout almost every day of the week. I love my new barn, and all the people in it. I have made so many new friends, and I really cannot imagine how my life was before horses.
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