So, one of my favorite pass times is reading Craigslist and Dreamhorse at horse adds and daydreaming about the many horses I will someday have to keep myself horse poor and too busy.
This is my rant: People are absolutely stoopid sometimes.
I have seen adds that ask for a totally trained horse, good health, for almost free. (Sure, let me get right on that, I am rolling in dough, and can afford to just give you a horse I spent a lot of time and effort in training)
Or, people will advertise their horse for wayyyyy too much money. I can understand the horse means a lot to them, but, holy crap. $4000 for a 22 year old unregistered gelding, that's maybe 14.7 hands? (what is with the hands anyways? Everyone that knows anything knows that a hand is measured in inches. 4 inches to every hand.)
What about the people that will flag an add just because?
How about people that put a horse up for sale with hardly ANY useful information. Such as: Female horse for sale. Not broke. Would trade for dead broke horse. No mares, no arabs or appy's. (Yeah, ok. Let me give you my perfectly good horse for a questionable mount that you probably ruined.)
What about the people that bash on a breed or their particular horse anthropomorphizing. I feel like this makes them look ignorant. (probably like my post ranting makes me look! ) Yeah, no mares because they are always witchy, and no Thoroughbreds because they are dumb, and no Arabs because they are too high strung, and no Appys because they are jugheaded.
Some of the most wonderful horses I have had have been Arabs and Appaloosas. I think the people just don't want to have to deal with a horse that may be smarter than they are, or that actually takes effort on actually thinking when you are around a horse?
Here is another one. Why do people keep stallions that should not be passing on their DNA? I see adds for horses that look like someone took a bunch of horsie parts and put them in a jug and shook them up and then put them back together. Not all the pieces fit. These would be great using horses, but not passing on their genes. They probably have the sweetest temperments, but, that's just PART of the package...
I used to live next door to a woman that had an old Thoroughbred stallion that she covered every appaloosa mare that would accept him every year. She had so many horses, she couldn't keep them all in good health. They all stood up to their bellies in mud, and every year, mares would foal. She wanted exhorbitant prices for them, just because she could name drop some good lineage. They were all barely halter broke, and had really not so good conformation. The stallion had major flaws in his build, and a nasty temperment. Yet, she kept making more of these horses. *angry*
People are so dumb sometimes.
*sigh* I need a drink.
Sorry for the long post, but this sort of thing gets to me.