I don't hate breeds. I don't hate horses. I don't love breeds, I love personalities. I love the horse beneath.
Maggie and Eli. Maggie was a Shetland. Many people dislike shetlands because they 'tend to bite, can be aggressive'... When we had Maggie, Eli, and Elvis constantly surrounded by small children we NEVER had these problems. They were ( and are, respectively [RIP Elvis] ) some of the best ponies I'd ever placed my hands on. Both Elvis ( died, age 30s-40s ) and Maggie were rescues. Maggie came to us bred AND malnourished. These ponies did many rides, and loved many children.
Look at these kind eyes. So vicious.
Mary. My working / guard donkey. She served us many years as a livestock guardian donkey. Sure, she brayed like a fool and was always there to tell us it was breakfast time... but she never fell into a stereotype. Why? Because she, again, was an individual. I loved this donkey until we sold her to a family looking to show donkeys.
Mama, my "crazy and wild" Mustang and Maya "my ugly and lean" Trakehner x Thoroughbred
My herd in 2008. Blondie and Mary are no longer with us. Blondie passed away at the ripe old age of 30.
Black Al Bodi aka Diesal - A black purebred Arabian gelding. What is to hate about this race star?
More 'dishy, ugly' arabian geldings. At an endurance race.
A world renowned and very beautiful arabian gelding whose name slips my mind right now at the races. 100 mile superstar. Very, VERY sweet boy.
Some saddlebred geldings running around an arena. Not much to hate about their beauty, either.
My Trakehner x TB again. One of the many loves of my life. She's a retired show horse, retired after a bad TRAINER ruined her. Pushed her too fast. So, she just does trails now. Nice and easy compared to her former jumping lifestyle.
Blondie and Lilly, Blondie's last foal. Born with a club foot and was put down at 2 due to complications with said foot. Blondie ( in this picture ) was a 25 year old Arabian, bred very well with a nice refined head. Nothing crazy about this horse. Nothing high strung. She was the calmest, most laid back horse I have ever owned. You could throw my nephew on her and go out on the trails until her stifle blew at 26. After that, she stood guard over him while he played cars in the yard. She was the best baby sitter I've ever owned.
Lilly at 2 weeks Lilly at 2 weeks
Lilly 8 weeks
Boy look at that 'ugly' paint butt and that 'ugly' arab face... You people are insane. All I see are a good looking horse with a bum foot.
Some of the TB broodmares. Coming in as I call them for feed while mom does a baby count.
TB colt at 3 months old. Leggy, yes, still growing? YES. He matured at 17 hands.
Oakley ( OTTB ) and Maya ( Trakehner x TB ) on a loose tie.
Last pic I'm gonna share, my pride and joy Mama ( mustang ) and my Trakehner mare Maya. Mama was purchased at days old, and came to me as a 3 year old from the trainers. She has been with me ever since and will be with my until she passes of old age. She is my partner in crime. My unruly, fence pushing, over jealous, mean, tempermental, crazy mare. She throws her head, spooks at everything, and is difficult to handle. Why? Because the ORIGINAL trainer ruined her. He let her slip through fencing as a foal, let her push him around as a weanling, let her get away with things as a yearling, etc. These habits have been brought down MAJORLY, but she is still what she is. My brat.
There are lost of stereotypes. Lost of 'bad' trainers.. But never a bad horse.
All of these horses I've shown you came to use with problems. May they have been a rescue, or kill bound. These horses came with their set of problems, NOT specific to ANY breed. But specific to how they were handled and trained.