I just had a photographer contact me at the end of March. He said he had read my modeling profile and was interested in doing a shoot that included my horse and was wondering if she had any limitations.
I replied that I was interested and the only limitations were no western themes and no nudity. No western themes because she's trained as an English pleasure horse and the western seat gives me severe pain in the damages nerves in the base of my spine (car accident when I was little).
He came back at me basically telling me how English riding/tack was useless for any "quality" images and told me to "take better care of yourself and you can be a real rider in a real western saddle".
wow some people just amaze me with their close mindedness.
I sent his emails to the moderators of the site for review and didn't respond back to him. But his email kind of ticked me. First of all, I've always ridden English and I've always preferred English. I only realized I couldn't ride western at all (after the accident) during a camp that only had western tack. I was send home and confined to a bed for a week because of the pain and it's basically doctors orders to stay out of a western saddle. Secondly, the car accident wasn't my fault, I was asleep in the backseat when I was 10 years old and we were rear ended by one of those big boxy moving truck looking trucks not the semi's but the one piece big haulers.
I went through my profile and noted that it even said Caleigh and I were not available for western themes. That tells me the photographer didn't bother to read past "I own a Clydesdale mare that is available for shoots". Out of all the shoots I've done with horses even before I bought Caleigh it has never been a problem that I only ride English or bareback. I really wonder why he flew off the handle. I've bolded the importance of not riding western now so if anyone skips over piece of my hiring profile they'll hopefully at least read the bold bits.
Sorry just had to get it off my chest, it was bugging me a bit.