It is beginning to really get frustrating. I live in southern California where everyone seems to think that unless you own a Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, or Warmblood you and your horse are completely worthless. I own a Full Arabian Mare and have always owned Arabs. My trainer specialized in them but I have also dealt with many many other breeds including the ones mentioned. But everyday I get chewed out by the people at my work who are supposed to be my friends and all the other boarders about how my horse is ugly, doesn't move right, can't do anything, is crazy, and why on earth would I waste my time on such a creature. And all because I own an Arab. I try to make my defense that Arabs are just as if not more capable in doing the different disciplines as all the other breeds of horse. I even show give them names and videos of all the different successful Arabs in the world. And they just continue one with their comments and talking down. And everyday I have to hear UGH I hate Arabs, UGH she is so ugly. When quite frankly she acts better, is smarter, and looks a whole lot better, is faster, lasts longer, and has a better head on her shoulders than all of their horses. And yet because she is Arab they are blind and stupid and stuck in their snobbish rich ways.
Anybody have any suggestions as a defense I could throw at them to get them to stop all this nonsense? Or what I could do? Need some suggestions because I am all out of ideas and honestly I'm tired of crying everyday because all I hear is how ugly and worthless she is (which is TOTALLY NOT true).
I would go to one of the local arab barns around here but I just can't afford boarding off of base. It just costs too much money, so that is just not an option.