Not specifically with men being derisive about my riding ability, but when I first started barrel racing on a horse instead of my pony and moved from Pee-Wee to Youth I was using a horse that belonged someone else. The horse was a 14.3 HH TWH/QH cross (most likely...but obviously not certain). He was beautiful. Jet black with a white star and two hind white socks. But obviously not registered. I got made fun of on two accounts for riding this horse. One from these girls at school that showed Arabians and made fun of me for barrel racing in general and called my horse clumsy, fat, etc for not being a graceful Arabian. Then I got made fun of with the barrel racing group for not having a registered QH or Paint like they all had.
I learned then that performance is the best response. Me and that little mutt horse won every high point series in the time I rode him. We beat those registered horses out of buckles and saddles and all sorts of nifty prizes. We also were repeatedly asked to join many teams in team penning over those kids and their fancy registered horses and we did well in a few trail competitions. I was riding the horse I had and I loved him regardless of his papers or lack thereof.
I think regardless of who is doubting you that letting your performance and your horses performance speak for itself is the best policy on responding.
to ride on a horse, is to fly without wings
Last edited by therhondamarie; 10-12-2019 at 01:06 PM.
Reason: my last sentence was incomplete