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        12-11-2012, 10:43 PM
      #51
    Weanling
    I love my half Arab because of his beauty, intelligence and because of his versatility. He used to be shown WP, EP, Arab and Saddlebred classes, driving classes with his former owner. He now does trail, small jumps, and gymkhana. He was the only Arab/Saddlebred who competed in our local team penning and we had a lot of fun in our first year. He was fearless. I just really enjoy my horse and I try not to have prejudices or preconceived ideas about a particular breed of horse as it can be narrow minded and hurtful to other horse owners.
         
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        12-12-2012, 02:06 AM
      #52
    Yearling
    I just really love horses, all horses but for some reason I am partial to my Arabs lol my first horse from the time I was like 10 yrs old and is still mine going healthy and happy on a free lease right now (Im now 24 and he is teaching another young girl the ropes, doing what he does best) is an arab and my newly adopted mare is also arab. Not intentional... I just love their personalities :) Idk why but Im naturally attracted to arabs <3
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        12-12-2012, 12:32 PM
      #53
    Weanling
    I think my history with horses is enough to have eyes rolled at:
    -I've never owned a gelding
    -The past 4 horses I've had have been chestnut mares, 3 of which thoroughbreds!
    One was the best horse of my life, one a nut case, one a brat, and one getting on to be another very nice horse (fingers crossed).

    I am particular about breeds, although I had a gypsy cob who I loved dearly, I've also had a welsh cob, I'd never have anything too heavy or feathery! I also am wary about some tbs, some can be your typical nutcase!
         
        12-12-2012, 04:08 PM
      #54
    Yearling
    I definitely experienced a little bit of "breed racism" here in Alberta because I rode an Arab and QH's were more common in my area. You should have seen the look on people's faces when I entered a cattle penning competition once! But she was very versatile and could go anywhere or do anything I asked with the stamina to outlast everyone.

    Arabs and Paints/Pintos have always been my favourites. Arabs for their spunky personalities and Paints for the huge variety of colours you can get. A friend and I used to always playfully tease one another growing up; she had had a bad experience with an Arab mare and I had a bad experience with a QH gelding. She rode a QH gelding, and I had my Arab mare and we used to jokingly compete with one another and whoever won would say "Well my Arab/QH can do this better than yours!". To this day, we still take little jabs at eachother for our breed preferences, but really, neither one of us really hates the other breed.

    The only breed that I've ever ridden that I wasn't a huge fan of was a Cleveland Bay. As someone above compared an Arab to a QH as a sports car to a truck, this was like going from a sports car to a tractor. She was a super sweet mare, very quiet, excellent jumper, but she was too lumbering and big for my liking. If I saw someone riding her today, I wouldn't say anything negative to them, she just wasn't the horse for me. IMO, if you have a horse you love and works for you in whatever discipline you choose, to heck with what anyone else thinks!
         
        12-12-2012, 06:40 PM
      #55
    Yearling
    Racism is way too strong a word to use in this context.
         
        12-12-2012, 08:10 PM
      #56
    Foal
    I also love paints becuase each horse is unique
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        12-12-2012, 08:14 PM
      #57
    Green Broke
    Are you kidding? I had Arabians and Appaloosas .. AT THE SAME TIME! .. in Texas......lol
         
        12-12-2012, 08:21 PM
      #58
    Foal
    Try owning a Peruvian in the midwest. My horse has a lot of Termino, (fronts really rotate out to the side). All the qh guys like to tell me how they put down horses for doing that.
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        12-12-2012, 11:47 PM
      #59
    Foal
    I'd say it definite exists, and I do it myself a bit, definitely having preferences. I've never had it happen to me personally, though, but I've seen it. It's too bad, too. Some horses are great but judged on breed. Judges at shows do it, too.
         
        12-13-2012, 12:10 AM
      #60
    Started
    Well... to be honest, every breed was designed and bred for specific disciplines, jobs and temperaments to match - of course they're going to be stereotyped, because we made them to fit a specific 'style' otherwise we couldn't even group them into breeds.
    The problem comes from people insulting particular breeds, but the truth is not everyone likes every 'style' horse. I'm partial to the heavy breeds myself and would prefer not to work with hot-heads, so I avoid Arabs, TBs, and other typically hotter horses. Not that I don't think they're perfectly lovely horses, but because they just aren't my cup of tea.
    Most people I know are exactly opposite, they'll take a nice bubbling hot TB over my mellow mooshy drafts.

    So truth is - people need to be picky about getting a horse of a breed that DOES suit them, they should avoid breeds that are not their style. This way there's less mis-matched horse ownership.
    Just like I believe someone looking to reach the high levels of any competition style should buy a horse of a breed designed to buy it. While I believe any breed can compete low-moderate level in any competition, even if it isn't particularly fitting. But really it's best for the horses not to be pushed beyond their conformational or emotional abilities just to reach higher levels of competition.

    So I don't see breed prejudice as such a bad thing, I only find it bad when people are jerks about what horses Other people are riding. It shouldn't matter a wink what horse someone else is riding, it's not yours ;)
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