Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I'm going to play the devil's advocate here for a moment. I'm not saying that your "friend" is nice or anything, or that she wasn't out of line because its impossible to really know the context of the remarks online, but I think you're being a little sensitive.
She remarked that he's nothing extraordinary - which is, by what you say, true. He's a good little pleasure horse and there is nothing wrong with that, but he isn't an objectively extraordinary, amazing horse, just a good horse for you. And I don't think she was denying that.
Breeding doesn't necessarily make a good horse, but there are reasons that well bred horses sell for 10 times more than ones that aren't. We can all complain about breed snobbery and point out how our horses are better than this well-bred other horse that we know - and that's likely true, because breeding doesn't make a horse, training and time do. But I do think breeding is often the difference between a good average horse, and an excellent competition horse.
You yourself said this girl was big into competition - so chances are she's looking for a different sort of horse than you are and that she values different things. She obviously didn't say it well but its her opinion.
My horse isn't a brilliant horse, I don't really know her breeding, she's got alright conformation for pleasure and amateur riding but she's never going to be a top class competition horse. I have no delusions about that. And while she's perfectly fine for me I understand that for many other people she wouldn't be the right horse. And she is by no means an extraordinary horse.
So I don't know, I probably wouldn't call your horse extraordinary either, and maybe I wouldn't have said it that bluntly, but I wouldn't consider it a big thing.