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    05-19-2011, 09:39 PM
Stereotypes and You

I was thinking it would be interesting to hear the horse people speak out about how much we hate stereotypes and which stereotypical remarks we hate the most? There are a lot of uneducated people who don't understand the sport or the pleasure that comes from horse ownership and don't respond to it in the most pleasant way.
Also what are your views as far as the horse industry goes? Is it good? Bad? What do you think would help to regain it's strength?
Horse showing, and it's flaws. The good the bad and the ugly.
Basically a discussion open to anyone as I am sure you've all experienced an incident or two of either subject.
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    05-20-2011, 08:31 AM
I really dislike when people (especially HORSE people - that one I truly hate) say horse can't progress in english (or western) discipline just because it's "cheap", "just a QH", "not right bloodlines", eta-eta-eta. Like conformation, wiliness, and right mind/attitude mean nothing at all to succeed.

P.S. Had it happened to me several times and that was rather unpleasant.
    05-20-2011, 12:19 PM
I think everything in the horse world is terribly over priced. Especially shows! It would be nice to see some price cuts, so that EVERYONE could have a chance even if they don't make 6 figure incomes.
I hated the bias there is in the hunter ring about arabians...I love my arab pony, I love his modeled face and I love the way he carries his tail, and I love watching my pony place 1st and champion at hunter shows and people say... ooh he's arab?? BAHAHAHA
    05-20-2011, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
I really hate judging stereotypes. Especially AQHA judging stereotypes. Such as "Judges only place the slowest horses in western pleasure" or "Judging in the AQHA world is all political".
    05-20-2011, 02:52 PM
Originally Posted by .Delete.    
"Judging in the AQHA world is all political".
Hey, isn't that true for ANY judging?
    05-20-2011, 02:56 PM
Green Broke
Very true
    05-20-2011, 11:43 PM
I used to be under the impression that all Thoroughbreds were hyper and awful and hot.

Then here enters Milo, my calm seven year old TB cross who is unflappable, even when you're trying deliberately to spook him, patiently gives pony rides to the most fearful and unskilled of riders, and who will be led by said unskilled persons with his head low and steps slow and even. Stereotype gone.

Not to say any horse doesn't have their moments, but it gave me quite a good view of the stereotypical hot breeds, such as TBs and Arabians, that I had previously been a little biased about.
    05-20-2011, 11:49 PM
When people think I'm fruity cause I love to ride english, and I love on horses like a girl would.
    05-20-2011, 11:51 PM
"Barrel racers are all mouth jerking, crazy kicking, squeaky voiced spoiled girls."

"Western riding is not hard. It is not as elegant as English and is more relaxed."

"Your horse is registered with the FQHA. He must be a piece of crap that can't be registered into any thing else."

"Barrel racing is not a REAL sport."

"Because you're a barrel racer you should be into rodeo pageants and try to look more pretty like those other girls you compete against. Why not get one of those fancy sparkly shirts and put on a little make up when you ride?"

"Wow. You own horses. You must be really rich."
    05-20-2011, 11:54 PM
Green Broke
Mine is kind of unusual.

I hate it when guys feel the need to roll their eyes and say "oh your a HORSIE girl. My ex was into horses and she was crazy. Horse girls are crazy."

You know what? I don't want to hear about your ex and her stupid horse and how crazy she was. Talk about that again and I will punch you in the face.

All horse girls are crazy, pffffft. No idea where THAT stereotype came from.

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