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post #1 of 13 Old 11-13-2013, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Horsemen stereotypes

I was speaking to a lady today and I mentioned that I owned horses and she said, "Ah, you're a horse person. That's a specific type of person."

I asked her what she meant and she just laughed and said, "You can always tell a horse person apart from others."

She was a very sweet lady so I know she didn't mean it in a bad way at all but it got me to wondering.

Are there any stereotypes of horse owners? What are they? Are there certain personality characteristics all horsemen have?

Just curious about your thoughts on this.

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-13-2013, 09:28 PM
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All of us where cowboy boots or hats. At least around this area most people believe that.

I don't know why but lots of horsemen or women are very calming at least the good ones. I am meaning when they talk to you...that's just my personal experience.
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Every so often I meet some people that own horses - most of the horse dealers, big breeders, etc tend to be a little eccentric, get their feelings hurt easy (God, don't tell them their horse has bad conformation) and will tell you a tale to get their horse sold. I've probably met more crazy and dishonest horse people in the last few years then I care to think about.
However, I notice the same thing with people that tend to breed and show dogs. I think it's an animal things? I wonder if pageant moms are the same... lol

Now, of course I've met (and dealt with) a lot og great, solid, reputable people that actually just care about the horse and will talk your ear right off if given half a chance. Those are the people that keep me coming back.

But I think a lot of people in general see horse people as very...sketchy.

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I don't like sterotypes but I have noticed a lot of people think that western riders or people who still use some old 'cowboy' methods are ruff, tuff and don't care about their horses (at least in my area I've experienced this). Another one is that if you ride English you are loaded with money. I'm sure there are more but these are the most prevalent ones I'm exposed to.

As for characteristics of horse people.... I think that it's there. True horse people are crazy, then again we have to be to work with 1000+ animals daily. I've also noticed that not a lot phases true horse people. I and the horse people I know are very mellow and laid back, and have the innate sense of knowing what battles to fight; and when we do, we win doesn't matter if it's against horse or human.
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I ride horses. So I obviously ride western. "Like they do in the cowboy movies"
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-13-2013, 10:09 PM
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I always think of horse people (english and western) as being a little on the adventuresome(aka crazy) side.

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I show and am a teenage girl, so I guess the stereotype for my group is that we're snobby and spoiled. It's true for some people, but the complete opposite for others.

I have noticed that most horse people are eccentric, but I like it that way.
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Every guy I've dated has thought "horse girls" to be, well, a bit mad really. Some horse people I've met, while I think they are perfectly fine and everything, I can see how others would think they're a bit crazy. It's not just about horses though. Like a lot of horse people can be a bit intense about things. I certainly am.

Growing with other kids and stuff at pony club, and even after, there seemed to me to be a few types of horse people. Like there were the weekend riders and such who were pretty laid back and just did it all for fun. But then there were the real horsey kids (as I was) and we were all high achievers, focused, determined, kind of grown up in a weird way.

Then an aspect that I've noticed also with a lot of horse people, and in myself as well, is they're hard, harsh, strong. I think its something that some people develop, day in and out doing horse stuff, trudging through muddy paddocks fighting this crazy huge animal, learning to be the leader, the dirt, the rain, the cold, the heat, the constant disappointment and hard work, if you want to get it done you do it yourself. A lot of people get harder, less kind, less understanding.

I love being a horse person, and growing up with them a bit has certainly shaped who I am but it's not all good stuff. Lots of the outside world thinks horse people are crazy and strange, spend way too much money on silly animals, are too rough and/or rich. I don't think many people respond well to "horse people".
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I show and am a teenage girl, so I guess the stereotype for my group is that we're snobby and spoiled. It's true for some people, but the complete opposite for others.

I have noticed that most horse people are eccentric, but I like it that way.
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On the spoiled and snobby note, a girl in the grade above me that boarded at my barn tried to start a horse club at our high school. It wasn't a "people that show club" or "people that own horses" or even a "people that ride" club- just a club for those that rode owned, thought horses were pretty, were interested in horse rescue, ANYTHING. The school (a small private school, mind you) wouldn't consider her request to start the club because they didn't want to say that the administration "supported recreational activities that were outside of the means of all the students". Sigh.

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All of us where cowboy boots or hats. At least around this area most people believe that.

I don't know why but lots of horsemen or women are very calming at least the good ones. I am meaning when they talk to you...that's just my personal experience.
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You obviously haven't been to the dressage barn where I boarded when I first got my horse Now THAT could be a neurotic bunch of ladies! Nice enough, but you could get a headache just having a conversation with them! Not saying that all dressage people are like that (I'm into the discipline myself), AND I do enjoy being around horse people, but that was my first life around horses... crazy ladies!
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-14-2013, 07:33 PM
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"All you crazy horse ladies".... Can't tell you how many times I've heard that.... Although I have met plenty "horse ladies" that are a crazy hot mess, there are good ones out there too. But, maybe it just takes a certain kind of brain to relate to a horse... Apparently a crazy one!
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