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Have either you or your horse ever been stereotyped?

People assume all the time that I rodeo and run barrels. Apparently all girls from Texas with blond hair who ride western are supposed to run barrels??? I didn't know that.

I also get all the time that I "can't possibly be riding good horses" when I tell people that I have Mustangs. I had a friend actually tell me "I can't believe someone like you would ride a piece of crap horse like a mustang." That comment really made me mad because it came from the same guy that has worked for over a year just trying to teach his horse to neck rein:shock:.

Anyway, in what way have you and yours been stereotyped??
 

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I get annoyed when people stereotype arabians as all Spooky and ditzy.
MY 7yr old daughter is learning to ride on a pure bred arabian mare that I have owned for almost 5 yrs and my mare couldnt be any more relaxed or she would be asleep lol

on a different topic . I am a bouncer, I work in pubs and clubs & because im not a huge scary looking man I cop alot of crap off drunk men in particular. Which is annoying but an advantage they underestimate me :) until I have them in a lock and drag them out.:wink:
 

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Just because people consider me to be pretty, and i care about the way i look, they think im stupid aswell, when really im top of all of my 7 classes (except social studies which i don't particularly enjoy anyway)

And when i tell them i ride horses and race ministocks they look at me as if to say "do you think im an idiot, you couldnt ride or race."

And when i say, i don't have a riding instructor and have only been riding for one year, they ALL automatically assume that i can't ride to save my life, and that my horse must be in terrible condition.

Well, does this look like i can't ride to save my life, does my horse (23yrs tb mare) look to be in terrible condition? I think not :p



I pride myself to the fact that i teach myself, and bubbles is very pushy, so its funny to see the people that have stereotyped me, get on her and not be able to control her, when i get on she's absoulutely fine lol...


P.s, I LOVE Mustangs :-D
and my mum (who hasn't ridden for 20 odd years) has an arab mare (so called "dangerous" combination of mare AND Arab?). Spooky or ditzy?!? Why yes, starting a motorbike in front of her without seeing the remotest sign of a flinch, yes VERY spooky indeed haha, yea whatever.
people make me laugh when stereotyping me to be honest.
 

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people over here think all chestnut mares are crazy and when my mother went to buy one they were all like why would you buy such a crazy animal and in fact she is very quick and would hardly ever spook or anything like that that is associated with chestnut mares!!
 

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I've been sterotyped again and again! Alot of it from people on this board, who think they know something about me.
 

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It's just what people do, it's how we're wired, to generalize. Harmless unless it leads people to be cruel, even if it gets annoying sometimes too. All you have to do when someone says for example, "Mustangs are crap horses" is to say, "Do you really think so?" and then tell them sweetly all about how fantastic yours are and how well you do with them, and how quickly they learn to neck rein...
You won't change any minds over night but you'll plant a seed anyway.
It's proven that people cling to our beliefs so strongly that we don't even 'hear' information to the contrary.
You might even think of it as a kind of game, challenging people's preconceived ideas about you or your horse.
I think Mustangs are awesome, btw, and really admire people who have the patience and skill to bring them round. I don't think you can find a more solid riding horse; if you can get them to that point, you're golden.
(My own little stereotype there...)

Ps I do have to add that my little Arab is indeed ditzy and spooky, even at 19, still a fruitcake, *sigh*
solid little trail horse too, though, just don't ask him to get his dainty feet wet...
 

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Well obviously since I have haflingers I must drive because they are only good as cart ponies.
 

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Everyone is stereotyped, too many ethnocentric people in this world.
 

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Let's see I'm retired from law enforcement so that means I'm retarded, I only did it for the "power", I was only out to harass people, because I am female I could have only risen to the rank of Police Chief by sleeping with someone to get there...yeah I guess I've been stereotyped a few times.
 

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Have to agree with Shmurmer4, lots of it happening, just human nature to a degree. I try hard not to do it, but to be honest, probably do also. Have had it done to me, still do, but I guess I just don't let it get to me anymore. Maybe there is something to that old saying , "you get wiser as you get older". Or maybe if you live long enough, who cares! :lol:
 

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Gaited horses..I hear it all the time.

"Oh so hot and ALL have big heavy stacks on them and all have to have them to gait."
 

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my 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire and I ALWAYS get stereotyped.

I get the "draft crosses are SOOOO heavy"
"draft crosses cannot jump"
"draft crosses are too stubborn"

I call bullcrap on every single one of those statements.

Everyone who has EVER seen my horse jump... including Buck Davidson has said that she can jump the moon and she has great form and I have seen many draft crosses break this stupid stereotype. (look at my page for her and you will see what I mean!)

Some draft crosses can be heavy, but the 1/4 crosses are made to be lighter... that's their purpose.

Not all draft crosses are stubborn. They are horses.... all horses can be stubborn sometimes!

I try to enlighten people about draft crosses and make them understand that most of their stereotypes are just plain wrong, ignorant, and stupid. But oh well. I will always get it wherever I go... that is... until they see her jump ;)
 

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Man I get stereotyped like crazy in my life, as a vegan, a lesbian, and a horsewoman. It's crazy.
And a lot of people think that I'm contradicting myself by being vegan and also riding horses. And they also assume that since I don't use leather that I'm making my horses use bad equipment, when I would never do that to them.

My pony was stereotyped severely for being a very "friendly" horse. He likes to be close to his mom and I don't think that's a bad thing as long as he never does anything dangerous. People always thought he was a bratty or dangerous horse because of his behaviour, when in reality he's the best behaved, gentlest little horse ever.
My new guy hasn't gotten much yet since he's so new, but I'm sure it's coming since he is a thoroughbred and I've known a lot of people who had a thing or two to say about TBs.
 

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And a lot of people think that I'm contradicting myself by being vegan and also riding horses. And they also assume that since I don't use leather that I'm making my horses use bad equipment, when I would never do that to them.
Just totally out of curiosity: What kind of tack DO you use? Senthetic?

He he, just wondered :) I'll bet that is kinda hard never using leather..
 

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Owning stockhorse (ASH, not QH) I always get people thinking they can't do anything except speed events and cow events. Yet I jump/dressage/hack, do everything on them.

I also got all the stereotypes about arabs with my little boy. SO satisfying to go out and beat all the boys on their stock horses in sporting :]
 

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Just totally out of curiosity: What kind of tack DO you use? Senthetic?

He he, just wondered :) I'll bet that is kinda hard never using leather..

Oh man, finding western tack was a nightmare! The worst of all I'd have to say was finding the right saddle pad (avoiding wool and leather). I never did find one I was really happy with. I ended up with kind of a slick saddle pad with synthetic wear leathers and paired it with a sticky liner so it wouldn't slide around. I'm sure there's something out there I'm missing..I'll find it someday.
But it's actually pretty easy to get vegan-friendly english tack. Wintec is definitely my best friend. =P


Here's a list of all of my vegan tack and stuff, to be thorough:

Western:
original Wintec western full synthetic saddle (the one and only fully synthetic western saddle out there)
Cowboy Justus saddle pad (as I described above)
nylon and neoprene breast collar
Abetta flank set
Abetta cordura bridle(modified with scissors and an old soldering iron to fit my smaller horse's head) with braided nylon reins
Roper faux leather chunks (very sturdy!)

English:
Wintec 500 all purpose saddle with CAIR
Pro-Craft absorber fleece A/P pad
Dover basic A/P pad
nylon elastic girth with fleece that I forgot the brand of D=
Pro-Craft elastic contoured neoprene girth
Wintec webbers
Wintec noseband bridle with Wintec rubber reins
Tuffrider synthetic winter lace-up paddock boots (my favourite boots so far, but I think they only make them in winter or only that year or something..=( very very comfy)
Dee's Saddlery brand synthetic lace-up-paddock boots
Equi-Star lace-up synthetic boots (I thought these were awful and ended up cutting them up for materials =P)
Dublin easycare half chaps
Saxon field boots coming in the mail as we speak!


Anyway..probably way more information than necessary but I'm good at that :oops:
 

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ugh dude. because i ride QHs and barrel race occasionally, that must be like all i do, right? and my horses are nuts and outta control and the only reason i do well is because i spur them hard. oh and they must be hard mouthed, because i must yank on them right?

Wrong. anyone who's ever seen me barrel race knows that i don't even touch the reins. i train my horses to do it themselves so that i don't have to. and if they break pattern, then they are either in pain or i messed up and they need more training before they barrel race. they are also very light and can do many other events as well.

^ that's just the barrel racer stereotype. ^

there's so many more. like i always get it for always letting my horses cuddle up to me, or because mine are so calm before they go in the arena, everyone says they're drugged... GRRR. Once someone even told an official that and they tested me. so maddening! it was very satisfying to have the test come back negative though, and then enter the show ring that had been being held up for me, and win the class, just to see their faces... priceless. lol.
 
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