07-22-2007, 11:45 AM
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I didn't say you were less country than me, or I was more country than you. I just don't appreciate the fact that you automatically assume you are superior to me in as far as being "western" goes, that's all. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you, and if so I'm sorry. But it did come off as offensive to me, as if you were belittling me. I was born and raised a country girl and proud of it. I've raised horses, sheep, and cattle and was the vice president of our FFA chapter. I've tried all disciplines I can with horses because I have a thirst for learning, but I've always most enjoyed western riding (reining, cow work, etc.) and always come back to it. Plus one of my personal favorites, gaming! -_^
Back to the bit...If she is talking about having a western pleasure horse, that whole area is extremly political. I got out of that because it was ridiculous. You have to have very specific tack or else you get marked down. In fact, its so ridiculous that I could usually stand outside the ring, watching people go in, and place the class myself before it started based solely on how expensive their tack and clothing was and how flashy their horse happened to be. I was so disgusted with the fact that it was a beauty/popularity contest not usually based on skill. I saw some people's horses throw giant fits and still place at the top of the class because they looked wealthier/flashier. That's why the "correct" tack is essential for those classes, or else you automatically get put down for what they consider "english" tack.
In any case, I'm not saying all western pleasure riders are like that, but you have to admit that a huge portion of that discipline has gone snooty and overly ridiculous. I have had quarter horses, paints, morgans, and grade horses, and now I have arabians. Yes, I rein and work cattle with arabians. The breed works for me and we click, though there are so many people who put them down as ranch/cattle horses. Mine have never let me down on the job.