One thing that irritates me is breed bashing. I live in western South Dakota and around here, people absolutely hate Arabians. I don't understand why. A horse is a horse to me. I buy on personality. I have a Arabian and get made fun of constantly. I also have 4 Quarterhorses too. They are all nice horses and I don't see a difference in them besides their looks.
I am one of those people who has the ugliest horse and trailer setups...people do look down on me too. Sorry people...I'm not going to go out and spend 10's of thousands of dollars for a trailer that I only use to take my horse to the vet or to go camping in hills...lol. The floor the trailer is safe, there is nothing for my horses to get hurt on in it and the truck runs great. And I don't plan on sleeping in it or living in it. People that do sports with their horses...I can understand the bigger fancier trailers, they practically live in them. But knock me because I don't go out and buy one just because.
Horse people who think that the only horses that matter are the ones who are papered. I only have one registered QH and he's not any better than my other QH's that aren't registered. And he's a gelding so it doesn't make him worth anymore if I was to sell him. His training is what would make him valuable. But with today's horse market it doesn't matter anyways.
Horse people who think that orphan foals are not worth saving. And can never grow up to be a good horse. I completely disagree with that! It's all on if how you treat him. If you don't let him act like a horse, of course he won't be any good....let him act like a horse and treat him like one, and he'll be great.
People who think that you have to have every horse supply out on the market and if you don't have it, then you aren't taking care of your horse. Me...I have 3 brushes and a hoof pick. I have a halter for each one of my horses. I have a saddle blanket for each horse. And one saddle...and yes, it fits both of my riding horses. And I use one bridle for both horses. That is it. What else do I need? I have a cabinet full of vet supplies and a I have bute and antibiotics in my fridge. And hay and grain. Oh yea...each horse has a heated water bucket. That is it. I don't do sports on my horses...so why do I need all the other crap? A lot of people I see around here have everything under the sun made for a horse...even if their horse is just a ranch/pleasure horse like mine. What a waste of money.
And I agree with you, I ride both english and western and out here in South Dakota, people think you are a loser if you ride english. They think you don't know how to ride...lol...I would like to see one of their butts ride english and then tell me how easy it is. Personally I think that everyone should learn the basics of riding through english then move on to western if they want to. It would improve a lot of peoples balance. Around here a lot of people ride with their elbows stuck out like they are about to take flight...lol. I like western too. That is what I have been riding for years now. But I credit my balance to learning english first. I plan on training my colt to a english saddle before a western one.
Another thing, people cowboy their horses a lot around here. They will leave a horse out to pasture from the day it's born until it's 4 years old, bring it in, force a halter on it and call it halterbroke. Then for riding, they think that 30 days of riding is dead broke...lol. And then trash me because I mess with mine from the day they are born. I'll tell you what...right now, my colt spooks at nothing.
Anyways...enough complaining...good question though =)
Edit....Trolls are out...don't they have anything better to do? Wish they would stand for one second behind this one horse I have...lol
Went and gave almost everyone a thumbs up...the only reason I didn't give some is because they already have a couple...sorry.