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post #1 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Saying "White"

How do you feel about people saying "white?"

While I know that some people correct the phrase simply due to misinformation, other people seem to get really bothered by it, even if you just say it casually.

I know that there is not really a true "white" horse, but I do sometimes say "white."

*looking out at a herd of horses*
"Which horse is yours?"
"Oh, the white one."

What's wrong with that?
While some (horse) people seem generally okay with that, others are very quick to say, "actually, there is no such thing as white horses because..." in a condescending way. Like, if you don't say "double-diluted, homozygous cremello" or "Ee AA CrCr perlino" (exaggeration), they look down on you for that.
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post #2 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 04:09 PM
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I don't know why, but for me gray horses are white. But cremello horses are cremello, not white. If someone called a cremello horse white, I'd get that snooty tone of voice and no doubt say something like, "Oh you mean the cremello horse..."

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post #3 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 05:21 PM
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I always just say gray or cremello. Am I big on correcting? No. Especially if it's their own horse. They can call it whatever they want to.

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I've told this story before, but my brown mare and a sorrel overo mare were grazing together and my neighbor asked "is yours the brown one?" He meant the sorrel overo because she IS, is crayon colors, brown (with white splotches). My horse to him looks "black".

Did I say, "How ignorant you are! The lighter colored horse is genetically red, or chestnut, because both her alleles on the E locus are recessive, and the darker colored horse is a dark expression of bay, with the A modifier of black probably heterozygous Aa, as one can surmise by her lighter muzzle and flanks."

No. I said, "Mine is the black horse."

If I see a whitish horse out in the field I don't know I would ask, "who's that light-colored mare out there?" There are so many different ways of turning a horse's coat white. But "white" isn't the name of any of them.

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Doesn't bother me. It's descriptive and it works. I get more annoyed at people calling all foals "colts" regardless of gender, but that is a whole different thing! LOL!
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post #6 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 05:34 PM
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My non horsey friends always call a baby horse a pony. I crack up laughing. I usually know what they are talking about and don't say anything.

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What's wrong with that?
While some (horse) people seem generally okay with that, others are very quick to say, "actually, there is no such thing as white horses because..." in a condescending way. Like, if you don't say "double-diluted, homozygous cremello" or "Ee AA CrCr perlino" (exaggeration), they look down on you for that.
My daughter's horse is white. I find it really annoying when horse people correct me and say, "She is actually called gray." Yes, I know that. But she's truly purely white. I think it's silly to call her gray when she's white. I do call her "gray" around horse people just because I hate the condescension.

On the other hand, I was raised foxhunting, and I call those red jackets "pink coats" because I was taught that from childhood. I still wouldn't correct a novice who might ask about who gets to wear the red jacket.
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post #8 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 05:40 PM
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Same as you. Getting berated by a stranger for this small thing always makes me giggle. But in some circles where I've said it I've actually noticed that they dont take me seriously much after that. If anything in gave me incentive to do it more just to see how quick a person is to judge :P
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post #9 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 05:42 PM
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Kind of led me to a question. Are there other animals out there where the young are differentiated by gender? Besides people and horses that is. Like dogs are dogs and bitches but the young are just pups. Cats are queens and toms but the young are just kittens.

And is the gelding the only neutered animal that has it's own name to depict that?

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post #10 of 56 Old 08-12-2020, 05:42 PM
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Now that we are seeing so many max whites we're going to have to distinguish the pink skinned white or dark skinned white. The max whites are the closest to total white you get.

I have always called a gray a gray even when white as with the dark skin they have a grayish cast unless they are flea bit. Then I call them that.

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