Originally Posted by BBBCrone
They knew a LOT I think. Now, things with the show world are so screwed up. At least IMO. I don't even ask or think of seeing "show records" because I'm so disappointed in that world and what it's become I'm almost relieved if stallion/mare hasn't been shown. Maybe then you actually get the *real* breed. Sporting events are not to be included in my mini-rant here ;)
I so agree, and since you've shown-- you know.
Annnnddd-- THAT is why I've chosen older blood like Crabbet, Polish, and Spanish <--- (due to their extremely meticulous breeding)- to produce usable, well-tempered, and yes-- pretty horses, while preserving lines people think are passe' now.
The (popular) show ring and its politics do little favor to the breed and only serves to push it toward something the Arabian never was for the glory and ego of "people" who go to any lengths to win. This is also why I have more respect for Sport-horse disciplines, as the artificial crap/BS/torturing the horse, etc. is not acceptable.
I could care less if my horses aren't the flavor of the month. They're meant to be enjoyed for life. I never follow the crowd-- never seemed to work for me..LOL