Finally, the “like” button for horse people.
HORSING AROUND » BY LESLIE POTTER
LAST FALL, Facebook finally announced that it would
be testing new “reactions” that go beyond the long-standing “like” button. But we think horse people need
even more options.
To make things easier on
Zuckerberg and Co., I have outlined
the necessary reactions below.
I expect them to be
Use: Your friend posts
a video of her last
schooling session, and
you want to express that
you believe if that had been in the
show-ring, she would have earned
the blue. Or perhaps she was at a
show where the judge awarded her
the pink ribbon, but you think she
deserves an upgrade.
Alternate use: For our friends
in Canada, Great Britain and other
locations where blue ribbons
denote second place, this is a
way to give your buddy a gentle
ribbing. Yeah, it was a good ride,
but not the best.
Horse Horse Horse
Use: Your friend just got a new
horse and she posted one far-away
phone photo of it. You want to see
more. Or you see a three-second
video clip of a jumper round.
Where’s the rest of it? Enter the
“Horse Horse Horse” reaction,
which could also be called
Alternate use: Your barnmate
has a fantastic horse and she posts
great photos of him regularly.
Unfortunately, she also posts
weird conspiracy theories and
quotes misattributed to elder
celebrities, any of which are easily
debunked with a five-second
Snopes search. You can’t just
unfollow her. You’d miss the
horse. Next time she posts about
the government’s secret mind-control rays coming through the
television, reply with “Horse
Horse Horse” to remind her
what her Facebook friends really
want to see.
Call Your Vet
Use: There’s nothing wrong
with crowdsourcing your
horse problems every now and
again, especially if you’re lucky
enough to have a solid circle of
knowledgeable equestrian friends.
But every once in a while you’ll see
a post where someone is
describing—or has taken
a photo of—a problem
that is very clearly an
emergency. Don’t take
the time to spell out
those three little
words; use the Call
Your Vet reaction.
Alternate use: It’s your vet’s
birthday. Call and wish her a
happy birthday. (Actually, maybe
you should text. She’s kind of busy
and doesn’t have time to answer
non-essential calls and no, she
does not take her birthday o;, are
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Use: Your friend
invites you to
fair. This reaction lets her know
that you’re for it.
Alternate use: Let’s just call
it the “take my money” reaction.
Friend shares a sale ad for your
dream horse? Take my money!
Let’s Go Ride!
stress, or a
of ennui. Or
she asks if anyone has plans
for the weekend. Or maybe she’s
just been live-blogging reruns of
Dancing with the Stars and you’re
starting to think she needs to get
out of the house. Let’s go ride!
Alternate use: Pretty much
anything. “Let’s Go Ride!” is
always the answer. HI
LESLIE POTTER is the Sr. Associate
Web Editor of HorseChannel.com.
Follow her blog at HorseChannel.