That being said, I read Mug's Mouthy Monday post about buying a horse based solely on color, and some of the comments rubbed me the wrong way... just a little. Okay, so technically it was about buying "pretty", but it was really all about color. I guess chestnuts, sorrels, and bays aren't pretty? AJ would disagree!
It must be because I have one of those "horses of color" that I get all puffed up sometimes when I hear people speaking ill about my breed, and color breeds in general just because they're a color breed. Honestly, I don't think anyone buys a horse just because they're a certain color. Might they overlook a bay horse if they absolutely hate bays? Might they look only at Paints or Appys if that's their breed? Sure, but for the most part, you're not going to buy a horse in your favorite color if he waddles like a duck and bites every time you get near him. Has anyone ever bought a jacked up horse just because he was the perfect color?
My absolute favorite color is blue roan. *drool...
If I find myself looking for another horse in the not so near future, I'm not going to buy a sorrel, a chestnut, a bay, a black, or a brown horse. I'm just not. I'm going to purchase a regular registry Paint mare in any color other than those mentioned. That's right, folks... I'm going to be buying a so-called "PRETTY HORSE". *And the audience gasps in horror!*
What if I happen to find the perfect horse in solid chestnut? I won't, because I'm not going to look at any solid chestnut horses. When I purchase horses, I expect to have them for life, and while I have sold a couple in my lifetime, generally if I'm looking for a horse, I'm looking for a horse to keep forever. Some of them might not work out, but the goal is to duplicate what I've found with Lilly and AJ. So why not look for a horse that I find absolutely gorgeous?
Is giving preference to a horse because it's pretty, or because it's a dilute color and that's your favorite, really any different than saying you only want to look at OTTBs? Or you only want something that has been ridden in endurance events? Or that you only want a horse that's 16 hands or more because you like the look of tall horses even though you're only five feet tall? We all discriminate against one thing or another, so why does color and "pretty" get such a bad rap?
I blame the krazy kolor breeders for this whole anti-color attitude. When you start crossing Paint horses and Appy horses for no other reason than you want something sooper speshul that's going to bring you a gazillion dollars because there's nothing else out there that looks like him, you do nothing to promote each individual breed. An anonymous commenter over on Mug's blog said, "If it's got spots, or is something other than a variation on basic brown, I'm less likely to look because I assume it's got something wrong with it." What in the world??
I was lucky enough to find a horse with brains, personality, AND color. She's put together nicely, is the sweetest thing on this planet, and is worth her weight in gold. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I have a beautiful horse, I could pay for our entire show season. Not only is she gorgeous, but she has a heart of gold. Maybe she's the reason I get so upset hearing people talk poorly about "color breeds"... because I know that you CAN have it all!