Just a minor rant,lol:p I have a RMH/gaited Morgan gelding, right at 15hh and while not as thick as a QH he's built pretty stocky. I do a lot of riding with my boyfriend and his friends, all of which have QHs and I catch a lot of flack over my "high strung prancing fancy pony". "Did you bring Evian for Jack?" is the newest taunt,lol. Because he arches his neck and his head is on the vertical they seem to think I'm holding him back when in reality I don't even have contact with the bit, the fact that he has a fast walk means he is dancing and fighting me, blah blah,lol. For the most part I let it slide off my back and ignore it because I know just how capable and versatile Jack and other gaited horses are, I chalk it up to their ignorance, but it does wear on my nerves a bit,lol. I have attempted to explain the differences to them but as with many people they don't pay much attention. Isn't it funny how none of them want to try a gaited horse, could that be because they're afraid they'd like it?
Now, I would never say one breed is better than another, I know it depends on what you're doing with your horse and how you and each individual horse mesh, but dad-gummit I really wish they'd zip it and hop on Jack so I could see the look of amazement come across their face! Lol. He may not have Schwarzanegger muscles or be 16.3hh but my boy is just as capable on the trail as any horse, more sure-footed than most, and can go hours longer than a lot of their Qh's! AND I don't walk bow-legged and hunched over after hours on the trail, so there!
How have you all responded to the doubting Susans when they keep talking smack?