The 5 Things That Only Horse People Understand

The 5 Things That Only Horse People Understand

Being a horse person calls for some interesting experiences in life that you just can't understand unless you're a part of it.
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To all my fellow "horse people," this one is for you. All you barrel racers, equestrians, ropers, horse owners, etc., can relate to the weird habits, odd smells, time consumption and total lifestyle change that comes with being a "horse person." Owning and partaking in sports involving these quirky-yet-beautiful creatures definitely requires a lot of time and commitment. Hay becomes a part of your wardrobe, boots become your new favorite shoes, your horse eats better than you do, you confuse and impress your non-horse friends with your equine jargon, and you spend more time with your horse than you do people because even mare moods are sometimes easier to deal with.

1. The Money


If you're broke already, please do not think that buying a horse is a good idea. I have played a lot of sports in my life: tennis, softball, dance, cheer, cross country and soccer. None of those sports compare to how much it costs to barrel race. Supplements, saddles, tack, boots, clothes, food, hay, trailer, truck, gas, entry fees, farrier, vet, dentist, chiropractor, etc, etc. Needless to say, you better have some pocket change if you wanna get involved in the equine world.

2. The Time.

Free time? What is that? If you're a horse person, you are constantly riding, grooming, fixing something around the barn, mucking stalls, feeding, hauling, competing, shopping for, etc, etc. The to-do list never ends, and if you want to compete, it's an everyday commitment.

3. The Language

So my boyfriend actually used "trotted" to say he was jogging the other day. I have definitely rubbed off on him. At least he is beginning to understand the horse jargon. To non-horse people, we probably sound like we are speaking a foreign language. I mean hocks, mane, latigo, lope, bridle, breast collar, dressage, frog, hoof, shod, etc. These words seem like a normal part of everyday language but to others, expect some funny looks.

4. The Smell/Appearance

Owning a horse can show even in your appearance and smell...sometimes unfortunately. Hay becomes stuck to clothes and in hair, manure is a permanent attachment to your boots, dirt under your fingernails, hair all over (especially in the spring), bruises (this one is definitely for barrel racers), and that smell... but it's not all bad. Rodeo attire is pretty cute, boots are my favorite shoes, and jeans, t-shirt, and ball caps are my go-to.

5. Understanding/dealing with horses themselves

So, there were countless pics on the web that would fit this point, but I thought this one was appropriate. The mare mood swings, the goofy geldings, being spooked by literally everything, their love for pooping in a freshly cleaned stall or trailer, their obsession with treats, etc. We all begin to see that each and every horse is very different and has a personality of its own. I talk to my horse more than I do most people, and she gets me. I remember how I was with horses when I first started, and how far I've come once I learned that they are just like us, just better.

These are just a few of the many horse parts of life that we all know and understand too well. It's definitely a lifestyle of its own and something you just have to experience to understand. Being a horse person is one of my favorite parts of life and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Tiger Woods Looks To Eclipse Remarkable Comeback With A Win This Weekend

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I made a conservative effort to not stay glued to my phone for updates, feeling that if I let Tiger do what Tiger does best, then, sure enough, he would come around. I was right. Woods was able to turn around his bad start and with three holes left in his round he was tied for 2nd place and only two shots back. I had to see him finish out, I knew the good mojo was there.

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