Monday, February 13, 2012

What's the Deal With Color??

As I obsessively and compulsively scroll through the horse ads, I've come to the conclusion that some people have a twisted sense of right.  In my humble opinion, anyhow.  There are many, many ads of stallions at stud.  Are they trained?  Nope.  Have they done anything?  Nope.  Why are they stallions?  Of course they have outstanding dispositions and wait for it....


color.

Yep, the trend seems to be if it's a cremello, or my personal favorite a dunskin, then this horse qualifies as breeding material.  Many of these studs don't have proven bloodlines.  They are to be blunt, just horses.  This would be the same as me leaving Guinness intact because he's a nice horse.  Why?  What's the point?

I also don't understand why there is this trend for color.  Last time I checked the color does NOT make the horse.  It seems every time I turn around there's some new color.  Seemingly made up.  Seriously - Dunskin - then in small print it says registered as Buckskin.  Seriously.  Crazy making.

Also crazy making?  The people who are looking for horses but will only buy a (insert color here) horse.  How does riding a horse in a roan wrapper make them a better ride?  Better trained?  Better suited to be a performance horse?  I have never gone out looking to buy a horse with a specific color.  In fact, my favorite color is a dark chestnut - that mahogany color.  Yet, I've never owned one.  Ironically enough I've had horses of color fall into my life.  All without actively looking for it.  Isn't that what one is supposed to do?  Judge the horse based on other criteria.  Criteria like conformation, disposition, athletic ability, suitability for the activity, training, and price.  Would that not make sense?

Phewf!  I feel much better now!

Rant is over...

4 comments:

MTWaggin said...

Because we are creatures of our eyes for the most part - brain comes second. In horses, dogs, people.....

Liz Stout said...

People are idiots. That's why. SIGH.

I want a horse who can function and not break down. If he's a purty color then so be it, just a nice addition to functionality and kick-ass-ability. I'm a sucker for some chrome though. A nice blaze and socks, but other than that, meh.

The Canadian said...

Because some people have more money than we do and they can pick any color they want..admit it, if you had two horses exactly the same, you'd pick the one whose color you liked best too. :)

Country Girl said...

Given the fact that I was looking on Kijiji at the bargain basement horses, I have to wonder....