Sorry, had to get that one out! Here's the deal, you decide whether this person sucks or I am just being a butthead LOL!!
I was at a hunter show and did jump crew Saturday night. You know, they knock down a rail (or 4 sometimes), I run out and put them back up. Great exercise sometimes and I actually enjoy this.
I am standing outside the arena about 6 or 8 feet from the judge trying to figure out where I can get a good shot of my friend going over a line near me so my cell is held up almost level with my face as I am zooming in/out on the oxer. A rider trots in and starts her circle and I hear her saying "OH NO!!! NOT A GOOD TIME FOR PICTURES!!!!". Of course, I lowered the phone (I know I didn't have to but I'm nice) even though I wasn't taking pics of her anyway...well, the horse spooks right there when the papers on the judges clipboard start blowing, spooks sideways again at the rails on the next arena side and yet again trotting down the long side. Needless to say, she couldn't get her horse straight to a fence to save her life.
She gets out of the arena and it is obvious her trainer asked her what went wrong when I hear her yell so loud it is clear on the other side of the arena "It was that girl over there, her camera phone spooked him!!!!".
I was livid. I was about 98% ready to walk over there and ask her if maybe her ineffective inside leg had anything to do with her sideways horse!!???
Does that mean if I have a bad day at a show everyone should leave so me and my horsey can't see anyone or anything!!??? GAH!! I am still annoyed.
Eh, don't be annoyed. Anyone else watching could see the same thing as you... no leg, no control, etc. And if I heard something like that, after such an obvious lack of skill display, I'd be REALLY amused Blame it on what she wants, her round sucked and she knew it. Giving the world something to point and snicker at is even better!
You've got me laughing to myself about an incident a few years ago when I was a jump judge for a local event. I scored a refusal on a young lady whose horse quit at a water feature. You could see it coming a mile away. (Let's start with no leg). After the horse ceased to move and then went sideways/backwards a couple of steps, the girl turned and went the long route. In her mind she was sure she had kept up a continuous flow of activity and so really came after me on my scoring. We had just started chatting with the TD when her Mom arrived on the scene, listened long enough to get the gist of the conversation, and said 'oh, honey, you DID have a refusal, and I've got it right here on video for you and the TD to see!
To the OP-- as has been sagely advised, fuggettabouttit. In life, some people are doers and some are whiners, you just had a close encounter with the latter.
Just know it wasn't you, the rider was having a bad day...which was evident from the moment she noticed you and your phone and not concentrating on her task. Could she have been a better sport..sure, but like somone mentioned you can't control her actions but you can control yours which you did.
I disagree with everyone. You are all enabling the OP. If she took a picture of me while I was riding, that would definitely be why anything went wrong. If she wasn't around, other reasons for the problem would or could be:
the saddle fit
the ulcer scoping
If it were none of the above, I am quite certain that the reason wouldn't be me.
Stop enabling! You're all just adding to the problem. And that can lead to unintended consequences.
ETA1: I agree with Oldenmare.
ETA2: I changed my mind about ETA1 but don't care to specify.
What a pity that cameras and cell phones are such rare items nowadays. It's so hard get your horse enough exposure to properly desensitize him.
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