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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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Sunni    Eureka, CA

10/3/2014 6:51:52 AM

One day when I was ridding a friend said to me: " Your not any work are you? I mean your horse does all the work right?" I just sighed for a response.

Kelsey    Petaluma, CA

9/24/2014 7:01:13 PM

When I was talking about my Appendix and how he was not behaving and my non-horsey friend said "I thought you already got that removed???"

Alexandra    Chicago, IL

9/24/2014 8:01:34 AM

One time I was grooming my lesson horse and getting ready for my lesson. I man had just brought his daughter in for her first riding lesson. They stopped to watch me and the dad asked what kind of horse is that. I said it was an Arabian gelding. He asked what a gelding was. Without thinking, I said a castrated male horse. His response was, AHHHHH!

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.

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