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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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Tamara    Naples, FL

9/18/2014 1:58:43 PM

I brought a guy I had recently started dating along with me to the barn for a quick pit-stop to check on my horse. Well, when I pulled the hoof pick out of my grooming bag his face quickly turned to a look of confused horror as he shouted out, "What are you going to do to the horse with that?!" If he wasn't so new at the time, I would've convinced him I was a miniature pickaxe murder.

Bridget    Grayslake, IL

9/17/2014 7:14:46 PM

I was talking with my non horsey friend and she was saying how she "wanted one of those black horses with furry feet!" Referring to a fresian and also stated that she wanted it to be a stallion and not a gelding. After I explained to her how unpredictable and dangerous stallions could be, she told me that you "have a better bond with stallions". Also I've said that my horse was lame to my non horsey friend who replied "thats not a very nice thing to say!"

Tammy    Newton, AL

9/17/2014 2:17:09 PM

I think the best encounter with a non - horsey person I have had had to be a FedEx guy picking up a package. I was working at a breeding farm. He looked at the package and asked what was in there that was worth the $5000 we had t he package insured for. We told him horse semen. I will never forget the look on his face. We had a good laugh once he left

Taylor    Statesboro, GA

9/17/2014 11:14:52 AM

When this happened I'd had my horse a few years already and my mom knew him pretty well, but had never actually led or handled him before, I asked if she'd hold him for me while I grabbed something out of the trailer at a show. She said "I don't know, the last time I fed him a treat he growled at me! I don't think he likes me!" She was referring to him snorting at her hand... I explained it to her (through tears of laughter) but she still doesn't think he likes her.

I like to play a little game with my non-horse friends the first time they come to the barn... It's kind of evil... I lunge my horse for a second in the round pen, go up to him and pet him then walk away toward the gate. He follows me around the round pen at whatever speed, so I look behind me then say "oh crap!" And start running like mad with my horse trotting right behind me yelling "oh god! He's gonna eat me!" ... They freak out every time!

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