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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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Jade    y'all don't need to know, MO

5/1/2015 7:25:27 PM

My cousin from Alabama came up on vacation and we had her riding double on our senior gelding, she was on the phone with her boyfriend, the horse took two steps forward and she grabs the girl in front of her and yells to her boyfriend, "They've got me on a horse and it's running!!" we wee laughing so hard!

Rheanna    International

3/11/2015 3:15:05 AM

I was talking about showjumping to one of my friend's dads a year or two ago, and the moment I brought up wanting to do showjumping he replied "You'd have to get a pretty tall horse, those horses are all taller than 20 hands!"
Please do not speak to me about horses again.

Jayne    International

2/13/2015 11:04:48 AM

After I had finished teaching a group of children one day I asked one of my helpers if she was going to be a riding instructor when she left school .Her reply : " oh no I'm not allowed " .why's that ? I asked her . " Daddy said I've got a brain so I must use it " she said !!!

Brianna    Stevens Point, WI

2/3/2015 7:27:06 PM

I work at a trail barn in the summers and my favourite thing ever that one of the customers said was "how do these horses get their exercise?" right after I answered questions about how long the trail was (roughly 4 miles) and how many times a day they walked the trail (4-8). I think walking 16-32 miles a day, up and down hills constitutes as exercise...

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