Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A good friend from high school, Karrie, had daughter that grew up "horse crazy." She used to call me to chat about news of the horse, her daughter's progress, and of course, that phenom that goes with the package -- barn drama.
Her stories were about horse show moms mostly -- horrifying, and of course familiar. She told me one day that she and a few of the other horse show moms had brainstormed an idea of writing a book about barn drama. the title:
UnStable: Bad parenting, hysterical women, and psychosocial drama in equestrian culture
I love it! Thinking about other random insights over the years, here are a few more.
It's a circus all right.
Have you heard the term hippodrama? It means literally horse drama and it has its roots in theater. It's described as:
"...a genre of theatrical show blending circus and horsemanship with popular melodrama and theatre. Evolving from earlier equestrian circus, it relied on drama plays. Trained horses were considered actors along with humans and were even awarded leading roles."
In real barn dramas, horses always seem to have a leading role. Perfect. The term could be refashioned for modern usage (barn drama!).
Do we have a winner?
A dear friend of mine would sometimes listen to stories. I'd finish my tale, and there would be a long pause, and she would say: "It all sounds very Jerry Springer."
But no, that does not win the prize for best observation.
Why does the sports metaphor always win?
Best observation goes to Bob, former little league coach, who said one day...
"It's like always having a kid in little league."