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Rider Insider: Stuff Non-Equestrians Say

What's the funniest or strangest thing you've heard a non-equestrian say about horses?

By | December 20, 2012

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Horse Dad "Why are you blindfolding your horse?" your friend asks as you adjust your horse's fly mask.

"Oh my gosh, are that horse's legs broken?" your boyfriend wonders, staring at a horse in standing wraps.

"Why are you dressed like a sparkly cowboy?" your co-worker asks, pointing to the show photo you have proudly displayed on your desk.

As horse lovers, we accept that we can seem a little strange to the outside world, but when outsiders step into our world, they can be downright hilarious.

Have you ever been asked a strange question by a spectator at the county fair, or heard a completely off-the-wall factoid about horses from a relative who hardly knows the front end of a horse from the back?

It can be a challenge to smile and politely correct someone's misguided understanding of our horsey world, but you're among friends here. Tell us about the funniest or weirdest question or comment you've heard from someone who is not equine inclined. Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your story. Some of the responses may be selected for a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

One selected response may be selected by the editors to win a monthly prize! If you would like to be eligible for the prize, please include your email address in the comment form (email addresses are not publicly displayed.)

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Courtney    Livermore, CA

11/13/2013 10:47:51 PM

Oh, gosh there's lots that are hilarious but the best are: 1)"Aww, your poor horse is flea bitten? Don't they have medicine for that?!?!" 2)"Why do you always blindfold your horse?" (referring to a fly mask) 3)"Don't you just kick to make it go?" 4)"Your horse isn't grey, he's white!" 5)"You use spurs? That's animal abuse!" Lol there's so many more but these are all I can think of right now.

Jillian    Collegeville, PA

11/10/2013 5:57:47 AM

I work at a trail riding ranch, so naturally I am used to getting some strange questions but this one topped everyone I've heard in my experiences there, the question was "I've heard that when horses swoosh their tails that means they want to sit down is that true?"

Mary -Elizabeth    Nelliston, ND

10/10/2013 3:18:40 PM

My brother once asked me is there a diffrence between an english and western saddle?HaHa!

Tierra    Waverly, IA

9/7/2013 3:42:41 PM

In the summer my horse wears a fly sheet and a fly mask. Well one of the little girls I was giving a lesson to, asked why my horse was wearing all those clothes. I was laughing to hard to answer.

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