Time for another Oh No There’s Flowers 15 minute blog post. My timer is set and all of my tabs are closed. Remember there is no editing, no outlines, just pure opinionated word-vomit. This week’s topic: “When you bring your non-horsey friend to the barn.”
“Eww, it smells like horse in here!” Well you agreed to come to a barn so I’m not sure what you expected…
As equestrians we’ve all tried to convert that non-horsey friend at some point. And I might be generalizing, but can we agree it was a big mistake?
I’m going to guess (from many painful experiences of my own) that the idea began at school or work with you talking about your beloved hobby. Then one friend chimes in on how (s)he used to ride when (s)he was little and totally wants to do it again.
Fast forward through planning details and BOOM, your friend is there at your farm, IN FLIP FLOPS. Yes flip flops, because it’s a hot summer day and let’s get real, her hiking boots don’t look great in photos.
You dig in your car for 20 minutes to find your nasty pair of sneakers. Then you guys are back in the barn ready to meet your horse. According to your friend, he immediately wants to bite/kick/devour and mortally wound her. She helps you with grooming making a few feeble swipes at the full length of her arm. She stands to the side as you “jam that metal blade into his mouth” and you guys walk to arena.
Your saint of a horse stands perfectly still as she summits Mount Everest to get on (Although he can’t hide the “WTF” look on his face). Suddenly he BOLTS, RUNS AWAY INTO THE SUNSET WITH YOUR FRIEND, RUNNING FASTER THAN A BULLET… oh wait no, nope he’s just walking, that’s your friend freaking out.
The rest of the ride is fine. You mostly talk about how weird your horse feels and re-hash every single Cabo trail ride your friend has ever been on. After 20 minutes of selfies and photos, your horse is turned out and you guys head to lunch.
Okay…how’d I do? Was I somewhat accurate? I hope it is obvious that I’m over exaggerating the moments we have with our non-horsey friends. Unless this is how bad it was and then I want to hear your story below!
The times I’ve brought friends to the barn it’s been a little scary at times, but we always have a great time! Plus, it’s awesome to share the sport of riding with the people you care about.
Leo and I want to hear your stories of when you took a friend to the barn, so please comment below. And as always please share this post on Facebook, Pintrest, and with family and friends!