Breed bashing is what divides the confident people (those who know they will never know it all) from the not-so-confident people (those who think they know it all and must prove it regularly even to complete strangers) and you will soon notice that only the not-so-confident people continue to play the game. Hang in there you will be fine. I owned horses for over two decades before I got my first Arab - and LOVE the breed. I am opposite than most people I know here where I am - I LOVE trying out new breeds and disciplines. You will have more friends and get one heck of an education in the process. Keep an open mind and stay friendly. Just remember ' what they don't know IS hurting them'