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    07-19-2009, 03:48 PM
Green Broke
Gaited horses..I hear it all the time.

"Oh so hot and ALL have big heavy stacks on them and all have to have them to gait."
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    07-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Green Broke
My 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire and I ALWAYS get stereotyped.

I get the "draft crosses are SOOOO heavy"
"draft crosses cannot jump"
"draft crosses are too stubborn"

I call bullcrap on every single one of those statements.

Everyone who has EVER seen my horse jump... including Buck Davidson has said that she can jump the moon and she has great form and I have seen many draft crosses break this stupid stereotype. (look at my page for her and you will see what I mean!)

Some draft crosses can be heavy, but the 1/4 crosses are made to be lighter... that's their purpose.

Not all draft crosses are stubborn. They are horses.... all horses can be stubborn sometimes!

I try to enlighten people about draft crosses and make them understand that most of their stereotypes are just plain wrong, ignorant, and stupid. But oh well. I will always get it wherever I go... that is... until they see her jump ;)
    07-19-2009, 06:12 PM
Man I get stereotyped like crazy in my life, as a vegan, a lesbian, and a horsewoman. It's crazy.
And a lot of people think that I'm contradicting myself by being vegan and also riding horses. And they also assume that since I don't use leather that I'm making my horses use bad equipment, when I would never do that to them.

My pony was stereotyped severely for being a very "friendly" horse. He likes to be close to his mom and I don't think that's a bad thing as long as he never does anything dangerous. People always thought he was a bratty or dangerous horse because of his behaviour, when in reality he's the best behaved, gentlest little horse ever.
My new guy hasn't gotten much yet since he's so new, but I'm sure it's coming since he is a thoroughbred and I've known a lot of people who had a thing or two to say about TBs.
    07-19-2009, 06:17 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by rockyxpony    
And a lot of people think that I'm contradicting myself by being vegan and also riding horses. And they also assume that since I don't use leather that I'm making my horses use bad equipment, when I would never do that to them.
Just totally out of curiosity: What kind of tack DO you use? Senthetic?

He he, just wondered :) I'll bet that is kinda hard never using leather..
    07-19-2009, 06:52 PM
Umm rowdy gets steriotyped for being calm
    07-19-2009, 11:23 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by morganshow11    
Umm rowdy gets steriotyped for being calm
Roudy - calm? Wasn't he the one you were complaining about that was charging fences and such?
    07-19-2009, 11:25 PM
Owning stockhorse (ASH, not QH) I always get people thinking they can't do anything except speed events and cow events. Yet I jump/dressage/hack, do everything on them.

I also got all the stereotypes about arabs with my little boy. SO satisfying to go out and beat all the boys on their stock horses in sporting :]
    07-20-2009, 04:34 AM
Originally Posted by sunny06    
Just totally out of curiosity: What kind of tack DO you use? Senthetic?

He he, just wondered :) I'll bet that is kinda hard never using leather..

Oh man, finding western tack was a nightmare! The worst of all I'd have to say was finding the right saddle pad (avoiding wool and leather). I never did find one I was really happy with. I ended up with kind of a slick saddle pad with synthetic wear leathers and paired it with a sticky liner so it wouldn't slide around. I'm sure there's something out there I'm missing..I'll find it someday.
But it's actually pretty easy to get vegan-friendly english tack. Wintec is definitely my best friend. =P

Here's a list of all of my vegan tack and stuff, to be thorough:

Original Wintec western full synthetic saddle (the one and only fully synthetic western saddle out there)
Cowboy Justus saddle pad (as I described above)
Nylon and neoprene breast collar
Abetta flank set
Abetta cordura bridle(modified with scissors and an old soldering iron to fit my smaller horse's head) with braided nylon reins
Roper faux leather chunks (very sturdy!)

Wintec 500 all purpose saddle with CAIR
Pro-Craft absorber fleece A/P pad
Dover basic A/P pad
Nylon elastic girth with fleece that I forgot the brand of D=
Pro-Craft elastic contoured neoprene girth
Wintec webbers
Wintec noseband bridle with Wintec rubber reins
Tuffrider synthetic winter lace-up paddock boots (my favourite boots so far, but I think they only make them in winter or only that year or something..=( very very comfy)
Dee's Saddlery brand synthetic lace-up-paddock boots
Equi-Star lace-up synthetic boots (I thought these were awful and ended up cutting them up for materials =P)
Dublin easycare half chaps
Saxon field boots coming in the mail as we speak!

Anyway..probably way more information than necessary but I'm good at that
    07-20-2009, 10:09 AM
I'm steryotyped all the time being Canadian and living here in Michigan. Alll the time.
    07-20-2009, 08:19 PM
Ugh dude. Because I ride QHs and barrel race occasionally, that must be like all I do, right? And my horses are nuts and outta control and the only reason I do well is because I spur them hard. Oh and they must be hard mouthed, because I must yank on them right?

Wrong. Anyone who's ever seen me barrel race knows that I don't even touch the reins. I train my horses to do it themselves so that I don't have to. And if they break pattern, then they are either in pain or I messed up and they need more training before they barrel race. They are also very light and can do many other events as well.

^ that's just the barrel racer stereotype. ^

There's so many more. Like I always get it for always letting my horses cuddle up to me, or because mine are so calm before they go in the arena, everyone says they're drugged... GRRR. Once someone even told an official that and they tested me. So maddening! It was very satisfying to have the test come back negative though, and then enter the show ring that had been being held up for me, and win the class, just to see their faces... priceless. Lol.

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