Them, when they meet Paddy for the first time: "Oh My God HE'S SO BIG!!!!"
Me: "Yup, all 14.3 hands of him. He's huge."
I think the floofy forelock makes him look bigger.
Them: "Do you ride Western?" (Obviously we must do this because we live in Texas)
Me: "No, dressage actually."
Them: *puzzled look*
Me: "That fancy prancing thing that Stephen Colbert did a couple of years ago."
Them: "What kind of horse is he?"
Me: "He's a Haflinger."
Them: "Oh, because he's half one color and half another color!"
To be fair, I can see their point...
Them, offering Paddy a treat: "Will he bite me?"
Me: "Probably not."
Them: "OH MY GOD ARE YOU SURE?"
Me: "Well, he's got teeth, so it's possible."
Note that Paddy's never bitten anyone. Yet.
Them: "Can I ride him?"
Me: "No, it's past his bedtime."
(Seriously. They believe this.)
And one does not want to interrupt a Nappink Haffie.
And my personal favorite:
Them: "Does it hurt when you get hit while jousting?"
Husband: "Here, put this armor on and let me show you..."
(Whack-a-grad-student is basically the most fun a professor gets to have all year!)
What's your favorite weird thing a non-horse person has ever said to you?