okay imma vent.
i hate how just because my horse is a paint he isnt well excepted in the hunter/jumper world. he isnt very excepted in dressage or eventing in my area either. They havent even seen him move and write him off because he has two colors on his coat? i dont think his coat color makes a difference! or HIS BREEDING!! i hate how a horse isnt good because he isnt worth 20,000 dollars and imported or is a fancy thouroughbred (no offense to those with horses like that). well im perfectly happy with my 2500 dollar horse who is the bomb and does anything asked.just because he has a different coat dosent mean he cant out jump a chestnut or grey or bay. !@#$% it makes me sooo maddd!!!!!! okay vent session over.
feel free to comment on it ;)
Well, when I was growing up, I was told the same thing about Paints not being popular in the Hunter Ring because they are too loud of a color and a distraction. I would even see some paints here and there in the show ring and I would hear rude comments from people watching.
I thought the same thing, discrimination.
Until, a while ago, I read in a GM column in the Practicle Horseman about how much he loves paints, and while some will mark against them, he wouldn't because they are just as great as the next horse. He grew up riding Paints and they are one of his favorite.
So I say - if GM, the man himself who aided in creating Hunters here in North America says that they are great, then - they are great :)
Now - in the Jumper Ring, I don't see what the problem is. There are very nice Colored TB's in competition and Colored WB's in competition and doing well - so why can't you do so with yours?
Eventing - I say B/S about discrimination about the color of your horse - maybe in your area, but that is not the norm. Anything is accepted in the Eventing World, I mean heck, I Evented a Mule for pete's sake, a black and white paint on that matter.
People in the Eventing World are open minded, accepting and encouraging. I've never heard anyone bash another horse just because of it's breed or color. I have seen many colored horses in competition, with no problems.
And on that fact - same with the Dressage World, I have seen many colored horses compeating and doing well. It is about movement, conformation and performance, not the color or breed of the horse.
I say regardless of what others around you say, just keep on doing it. It doesn't matter about their opinions, it is your opinoin that counts. You will get MANY opinions in the horse world, get used to it - it is up to you with what it is that you do with them.
It is ok that you feel judged against because of owning a paint, they weren't that popular, but are becoming quite so. It is ok to feel the way you feel, and be proud of yourself for making a post about it so that you can get kind and informative information back to help you grow and mature as a rider and a horse person.
Ride on, keep doing what you are doing. If you want to do Hunter/Jumpers - then do it. If you want to Event, then do it. If you want to compeate in the Dressage World, then do it! It isn't about what color you are riding, it is about your training, mind set and performance.