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post #1 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Discrimination?! *RANT*

Howdy,
I find this a little odd, but I tend to face it a lot. I own an Arabian and I get a lot of remarks and negative comments about my horse because of his breed. In a field of QH's and TB's I always get dirty looks and I have even had someone tell me I should "give him some vitamin B" B as in bullet.
Its not just the Arabs that get it too! My best friend owns a stocky old style QH and her trainer told her to sell him if she ever wanted to go anywhere in the horse world.
It bugs me that people are that inconsiderate. Sure, they may just be voicing their opinion and some breeds are better at certain things than others, but sometimes its nice to keep those comments to yourself.
I don't know, maybe it's because I hear about the stigma surrounding Arabs, TB's and other 'picked on' breeds a lot, that I notice this sort of thing, but I just find it rediculas.
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post #2 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:14 PM
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that's where a sinister smile and a middle finger come in handy...



It very well could be jealousy...but oh well. Haters will hate. Ignore them.
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post #3 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:15 PM
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Howdy,
I find this a little odd, but I tend to face it a lot. I own an Arabian and I get a lot of remarks and negative comments about my horse because of his breed. In a field of QH's and TB's I always get dirty looks and I have even had someone tell me I should "give him some vitamin B" B as in bullet.
Its not just the Arabs that get it too! My best friend owns a stocky old style QH and her trainer told her to sell him if she ever wanted to go anywhere in the horse world.
It bugs me that people are that inconsiderate. Sure, they may just be voicing their opinion and some breeds are better at certain things than others, but sometimes its nice to keep those comments to yourself.
I don't know, maybe it's because I hear about the stigma surrounding Arabs, TB's and other 'picked on' breeds a lot, that I notice this sort of thing, but I just find it rediculas.
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Got to let it go in one ear and out the other. For many years all that I owned were Arabians or Arabian crosses. Here in my part of the world its all about Quarter Horses and TWH. I heard everything. I just told people that only "educated, intelligent" people could really understand and handle Arabians, that's why they aren't everywhere around here. Didn't make me too popular with the local rhinestone cowboys.
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post #4 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:31 PM
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It's a horse.. just ignore them. They have nothing better to do than trash talk about anything. They're probably the type to gossip as well and be two faced.
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post #5 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:31 PM
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That's people for you. I pick a horse For who I love on the ground and who I feel safe riding. I don't care what people say, you can train hard enough so that a horse can do a basic of anything.
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post #6 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:32 PM
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All my horses have been Arabians, except one, and that was a Paso Fino. Everyone always picked on me. I was told to get a real horse, my horse isn't worth anything, they need vitamin B...I could go on. You know what though? Screw em. It irritated me, but I always had bragging moments and I never failed to make sure everyone knew. While everyone proclaimed how flighty Arabs are, I made sure everyone noticed how mine were always perfect ladies and gentleman when being handled. When they snooted their noses about how mine couldn't do anything, I pointed out how their *insert breed* was dripping sweat and dog tired yet mine looked as if he/she were fresh from the stall after doing whatever activity was being done. People will probably never respect your breed, but they should respect your horse as an individual.

My husband has a QH and that's all he's ever owned. He picks apart my horses every chance he gets, from how they priss around the pasture to how they snort and blow at nothing. At the end of the day, he knows my horses are good. They respect me and are trustworthy, they're just different.
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post #7 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:33 PM
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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?
Why?
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.

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post #8 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:33 PM
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I also live in an area where the QH is a dominant breed. For a while I had my kid at a friends house. They weren't really experienced horse people and where all about the QH.. Blah, Blah.. BLAH. Anyway I have a Morgan.. and he is nothing like a QH let me tell you! There was one time where my friend made a comment that my horse had to much hair! WHAT?? Insane..
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post #9 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:36 PM
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Just have to ignore small people like that. I am sure to be the laugh of any boarding facility with my oddball horses and me being old and just wanting to trail ride and enjoy my horses. My fear of having to move back to Virginia where it was all english barns...with my western saddle, percheron and little noodle-legged spotted draft/paint cross.
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post #10 of 124 Old 07-07-2012, 07:57 PM
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I had the same problem when I was still eventing my saddlebred cross, who is now retired. People would think he was cute until they found out he was half saddlebred and then call him stupid and crazy. They can say all they want about my horse, but it doesnt change the fact that he's amazing. I bet they all felt stupid at a show where he got an 8 for his gaits and I got an 8 for my rider score in our dressage test!
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