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        07-21-2009, 04:37 AM
      #21
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    I prefer to ride and own ponies vs horses. And I breed minis. Yup, TONS of stereotypes! But I prove them wrong once they meet or see photos of my equines :)
         
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        07-21-2009, 07:23 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    I HATE the stereotype that all Standardbreds are crap. Now I don't own one, I know one at my paddock and I have heard lots of good things about them from various sources, but it's mainly the ignorance of the statement that riles me.
    There is a lady who moved her pony to our agistment only recently, and I was chatting to her the other day. The lady and her daughter who lease my mare were there as well, and the daughter was pointing out a horse that she liked in a horse advertising magazine. He was a nice 15hh Standie and from the add appeared to be a good childs horse.
    "Oh, not him!" the lady says. "He's a standardbred!"
    I proceeded to ask her what was wrong with standies and she replied "They're not worth anything."
    This coming from a lady who has been around horses all her life and even breeds, I could not believe she would give me such a lame reason. I think standardbreds have a lot going for them - they are generally nice solid horses, easy-keepers, with good feet and are known for their good nature and trainability. Perfect, I would say, for a little girl who just wants to pleasure ride and have fun at Pony Club.
    Yet I have found that there is a huge prejudice in AUS against Standardbreds, but no one that I have asked yet has been able to give me a reason other than "They're just no-good horses."
         
        07-21-2009, 10:05 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    People are just shocked when they figure out I ride and have a horse at all. I'm short and little for 18, so they think that I can't ride all that well, and that I'm not muscled up enough to do it.

    And then when I tell people [who know what I'm talking about] that I have an OTTB, they automatically think, high strung, annoying, hard to train, hard headed, etc. etc.
         
        07-21-2009, 10:10 AM
      #24
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cat    
    Roudy - calm? Wasn't he the one you were complaining about that was charging fences and such?
    ...yes.... but he has stopped that now.
         
        07-21-2009, 10:22 AM
      #25
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    People tell me all the time that just because some of my horses are trail horses, they are "glue factory material" and useless.. And that PISSES me off, because if they saw what my horse High Five could do in the cutting arena, or they looked at my horses kick butt bloodlines, they would be quiet, because my horses could kick their horses butts anyday.

    And as for non-equestrian, I make mostly A's in school, so apparently just because I care about my grades and my future I am a total geek. I think it is funny when people tell me that, because I know that because of my hard work in the future I will be living out my dream life and they will be working some low end no-good job, all because in high school they chose to party and get wasted as all get out on Friday night, and I was working my butt off learning responsibility tending to 6 horses, and then heading inside to study for my finals or whatever.

    Stereotypes don't bother me really(unless someone bad mouths my horses). I think it is funny to see what people THINK they know about my life or my horses. =]
         
        09-08-2009, 08:46 AM
      #26
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    I'm a competing pole dancer and yes I do do the stripper thing when I'm not in competitions hanging 20 feet in the air so of course that means I'm a prostitute/hooker, my boyfriends a pimp, I do every drug in the book, I have no education so stripping is my only work option. I just wanna smack people when they say that crap.
    At a couple barns I used to ride at I had no interest in showing so that meant I wasn't a true rider, I didn't know natural horsemanship, and my horses were horrible and under trained.
    My dads a retired lawyer and law professor and his family has followed the same route so that means I'm money hungry, I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I don't understand what budgeting is
    My parents are Jewish so wow...yeah not even going to go there.
    Um....oh back to horses I'm 5 foot so I only ride ponies...hahahahahaha...*gasp* hahahaha
    I ride english I automatically show in all groups...pssh

    The reality:
    Not all strippers/pole dancers are hookers, druggies, or have a pimp and I graduated EARLY through a private highschool and I'm working at finding a horsemanship college. I feel bad for those girls who fit the steriotype. My guy has been with me for 4 years and could care less. He likes hearing the funny stories.
    My parents made sure I ONLY shopped clearance and any extra spending money was put in a FROZEN savings account and if I wanted any money for spending I was put to work to earn it.
    I have a Clydesdale..so haha..ponies
    My parents are Jewish... no they nor I stay Kosher, we don't follow especially me, and no I was not born in Germany.
    Just because I don't show does not mean I can't ride.
    Just because I ride English doesn't mean I show.

    Did I miss anything?

    Jeeze people these days


    OH I remembered one...not bad more funny: I have a Clydesdale so I do Renn. Fairs and dress in armor and carry a sword.
    I will say I might enter in one of the mare beauty pageants this coming fair though. Just for ****s and giggles.

    Oh and the nearing one: When I turn 21 in a few days I'm going to go to a bar, get smashed and ruin my life.
    Sorry but I don't drink, the smell of alcohol makes me nauseated and if I go to a bar it will be for the nachos. I hear bar nachos are really good.
         
        09-08-2009, 11:21 AM
      #27
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    What? There are some ugly mustangs out there, but there are also some beautiful ones. And they make fantastic mounts. That comment was pretty ignorant.

    My farrier is a typical cowboy and if it's not a roping bred Quarter Horse, he doesn't like it. He hates Standardbreds, Arabians, and Thoroughbreds because he think they're all loony. Arabians I can understand, but there are plenty of nice Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. He only thinks they're crazy because he shoes racehorses and it's no wonder why they're all high strung. But he thinks ALL of them are like that. He picks on me all the time because I have a TB. Lol

    I don't like Arabians at all because the ones I had experience with were all a bunch of whackos. There was a mare at my barn named Tess. She was like Brittany Spears on cocaine. Needless to say, we did not get along at all. The only Arab I know that isn't completely out of its mind is a 32 year old mare that's foundered and arthritic.

    There are a lot of western riders out there that think I'm either a sissy or a high-end snob because I ride English. Which of course is not true and there are tons of decent English riders. A western rider can be a snob just as easily as anyone.
         
        09-08-2009, 01:08 PM
      #28
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    Originally Posted by drafts4ever    
    I'm a competing pole dancer and yes I do do the stripper thing when I'm not in competitions hanging 20 feet in the air
    WAAAY off topic, but there are competitions? That's pretty neat :)
         
        09-08-2009, 01:51 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I hate the stereotype that all paints and appaloosas are dumb and mean and that Tennessee Walking Horses are useless.
         
        09-08-2009, 01:54 PM
      #30
    Trained
    Pole Dancing competitions are amazing. I could only dream to one day be that athletic lol.

    I get stereotyped all the time in and out of horses, but I try not to let it bother me.
         

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