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  • Racism is breeding?
  • Racism in horse showing

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    12-11-2012, 04:07 AM
  #21
Foal
A lot of people from california don't really like arabians. I interned for a arabian breeder/trainer and once people asked me what breed I was working with, the first response I got was "ew". I personally adore arabs and think they are a beautiful breed. Humph.
     
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    12-11-2012, 04:14 AM
  #22
Trained
I have a red TB filly. Boy do I cop it for that!! I'm not really a good enough rider to correctly educate a baby. Physically, maybe, but knowledge-wise I lack...a lot... and because of that I sure cop some flak about having a TB at all, a youngster at all, and ESPECIALLY a red TB filly. Because we all know the stereotype of the red fillies/mares being nutters.

My other horse is an Anglo Arab. My friends all know he is, and they all know I'm proud of that and adore him. At shows, if people ask his breeding I usually say half TB, because there is that prejudice against Arabs here. They usually guess at the other half. I've got everything from "is he half Clyde?" to the correct guess of half-Arab. He has an Araby face but is very VERY chunky, he is actually wider than my boss's 17+hh Warmblood cross!
     
    12-11-2012, 04:48 AM
  #23
Started
I'm interested to see how this show season goes. We are an entire show team of 'reds'. Yep, aside from my sister pretty much all of us are on chestnuts. Maybe the 'crazy' stereotype will intimidate others in the stadium ring.
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    12-11-2012, 05:38 AM
  #24
Banned
Yes - when I was showing many moons ago, it was horrible. My QH was a dead head (Obviously none of them ever rode her LOL), my Arabs were nut jobs. Weirdly enough I didn't get much of a response one way or another on the Morgan that I rode *shruggin*. This all was 25+ years ago. Things haven't changed.

I now live in Northern Florida and breed racism is alive and well! After all these years it makes me laugh because people still haven't learned. A good horse is a good horse. Personally, I have my favorites just like any one else. There are breeds I'm attracted to because they are pleasing for *me* to look at and be around. That doesn't mean any other breed is less. In fact, I can't think of a breed I don't like. I might not ever own one myself but I can appreciate all of them for what they are and what they were bred to do.
     
    12-11-2012, 09:53 AM
  #25
Yearling
Im with you on the OTTB being compared to the fancy warmbloods. Romeo isnt the biggest, the most put together, the strongest, (is the fastest, lol), but I kick everyones butts on him because of his heart :) Woot! I agree, the look on peoples faces is to die for. Haha but yeah, I do think people are racist against horses, especially off the track and older horses.
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    12-11-2012, 10:00 AM
  #26
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jillybean19    
I'm an Arabian owner in Idaho. Nuff said.
Arabs are pretty popular out there, though. Heck, growing up in my tiny little dot on the map in Idaho (no longer living there) the big horse operation was an Arab breeder (granted they are long since gone at this point as they were an elderly couple when I was a kid). A good half of the folks we participated in 4-H, posse, etc with had arabs or arab crosses - quarabs were very big out there.
     
    12-11-2012, 10:02 AM
  #27
Showing
I have been on the receiving end. As a kid my reining mare did everything (love that old girl, she is queen of the pasture these days) and I even jumped her with screw in cleats put in her sliding plates. I can't tell you how many times I heard "She's jumping that little QH?!" but they shut up when we blew them out of the water in a jump off. Speed, tight turns, she was aces! Then when it came to versatility competitions, watch out! We made a lot of people mad and I loved (still do) proving people wrong

I now own a big Hanoverian mare (she's my fun for myself horse) and boy have I taken some flack for that too. Took her to a show for a student to ride and a lifelong horse friend says to me "Mandy, that's the ugliest g d quarter horse I've ever seen." I laughed and said well that's because she's not a qh. Then I got given a big bunch of grief for having a warmblood on the qh farm my gpa started. Whatever, until you pay the farm overhead you don't get to say jack about what I own or what I do. :)
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    12-11-2012, 10:03 AM
  #28
Foal
Growing up I had a mustang & a welsh pony/TB cross, in my 20's a Paso Fino, now a Percheron. I know what you are talking about!
     
    12-11-2012, 10:05 AM
  #29
Showing
Breed prejudice sure, but RACISM? Methinks y'all don't really know the meaning of that particular word.
     
    12-11-2012, 10:09 AM
  #30
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PercheronMom    
Growing up I had a mustang & a welsh pony/TB cross, in my 20's a Paso Fino, now a Percheron. I know what you are talking about!
Wow you're all over the board eh? /:) ahah
     

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