Thursday, May 24, 2012

Typical of Me To Do This

I have decided to do a series of posts regarding horse discipline stereotypes. Each one will have stereotypes, truths, falsehoods, and anything else I come up with. I hope to stir ciplines that I have friends in such as:
-racking horses
-saddle seat
-western pleasure

    PLEASE, please, please! This is a time for submissions of suggestions or articles that you have written (I am in dire need of some driving and Arabian horse showers liberty etc). I don't know everything! Yet. Dun, dun, duuuuun! ;)
But really I would appreciate some help on this! Twitter comments, facebook, etc. Any help would be wonderful! To kick off this event I will start out by clarifying what stereotypes are. According to Wikipedia

"stereotype is a popular belief about specific types of individuals. The concepts of "stereotype" and "prejudice" are often confused with many other different meanings. Stereotypes are standardized and simplified conceptions of people based on some prior assumptions. Another name for stereotyping is bias. A bias is a tendency, most of these are good, but sometimes stereotyping can turn into discrimination if we misinterpret a bias and act upon it in a negative manner."
One equine example might be that ponies are evil or thoroughbreds are all crazy. Typically I have found that some truth can be found in these but approximately 50% exceptions. Yes, there are some snooty hunter/jumper out there, but some are also really down to earth.

     Anyhow... I am looking forward to this and I am so excited about it! Tune in for more posting trot! As easy as 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,....


  1. What specifically do you want to know from Arabian horse showers??
    I can post the questions on an arabian horse forum, they really like to help set the record straight on things.
    And what in driving.. pleasure? the combo discipline where they do a dressage type driving, and cross country?
    I know that with that type of competition, you have to have a few different carts/buggies and your harness must have certain types of metal, like brass or no brass, the silvered or chromed metal parts. You have to carry your whip a certain way. And you have to hold the lines a certain way..
    There was a clinic last year at our local midwest horse fair.. and WOW... I was a carriage driver and I think I could NEVER compete in one of those driving competitions...

    1. That really would be great! I know the stereotypes for Arab (in halter classes/costume) but I really am curious to know what goes on and how they are handled and shown. As far as the driving goes I really have NO CLUE about any of that. I went to a clinic one time for combined but never really had the time to get involved. I think this is the one that I will need help on! I guess I will lump the two "main" driving groups togather and then sub-catogirize them in my post. Any suggestions?