I have always ridden/owned arabians in real life, and they are my favorite breed. There used to be arabian barns in my area, but with the economy, not so much. I now have my horse at a quarter horse barn with a quarter horse trainer. As you may guess, she is not too fond of dealing with my little arab! The trainer is great though, and I don't really mind. But throughout my horse experience, people have always bashed my arabs at shows. It seems that everyone thinks arabs can't do sports or western also! This is a total lie, which I know because at all the arab shows I go to western pleasure, reining, barrel racing, etc. have been very popular and they are great at it. It's hard. I can't stand it when people bash my horse. You don't have to like him, but just because he is an arabian doesn't give you the right to say your horse is better.
Anyone else face these issues?
All the time. I've learned to just smile, nod and keep moving. I save my comments for when their "OH SO STEADY" whatever breed dumps them on their a$$ or rears or bucks or does any of 1000 things, and then I say, from my rock steady Arab, "OH, MUST BE ONE OF THOSE CRAZY F*N AY-RABS! Oh wait, that's what I'm riding, what the HeLL is that?".
The best instant Karma I ever saw was on a huge trail ride and I unloaded my lovely, little Arab mare and some big mouth about 3 sheets to the wind already says, "OH F*>>>>, that Ay-Rab is going to ruin the ride.". I didn't say a word, just rode along with everyone else and when HIS horse reared, went over backwards with him, kicked him in the head and stomped all over him, I held the other people's horses while they got him ready to airlift. Yep, that Ay-Rab sure ruined his ride.......... I did casually mention to his wife, as I was holding 5 other horses, that this was Odie's first trail ride.....EVER. Left it at that.