I grew up on pinto arabs, and loved my boy - he was intelligent, beautiful, and loyal. He also was hot, prancy, and finer boned (though 15.1). When I left home he was sold - many years later when I was finally able to own horses, I got another little arab - and we faced that same discrimination - very hard to place in open shows and lots of negative comments.
I also had an appy and faced the same problems - along with getting to hear LOTS of Appaloosa jokes...
Hey, wanna know why Indians rode appaloosas into battle?
So they would be good and mad when they got to the fight!!
When my girls got old enough to show 4H, I bought paints - easier to be successful on a more accepted breed in our area, though rude people will always find something negative to say regardless of the breed you ride.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela