Since I’ve come late to this horse world, I honestly don’t know much about what is and is not Top Drawer, nor what is Bottom Drawer as defined by the Top. But I’m begining to get an inkling that there’s lots o’snobbiness out there.
Not that I’m without snobbiness. Why, even as a child, I turned up my nose at Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh because I cut my Pooh-Teeth on the books , the one with the Ernest Shepard drawings. Heck, I even had all of the Pooh stuffed animals at one time prior to the Disneyfication of Pooh — except for Rabbit. My Rabbit was a generic standing bunny and didn’t look like much like either Disney’s or Shepard’s. And when I first saw the Disney stuffed toys, well! I knew the difference! They were cartoony, nothing at all like the pen and ink pictures in the books — and none of those abridged and watered down stories for me, either, Oh no. The full Pooh kielbasa or nothing at all. So there.
A few months ago I heard the phrase, “Well, they do quarter-horse English” in reference to a stable, as though quarter horses can’t do anything excpet round up dogies, smoke stogies and yodel. Not that I can do any of the three. OK, once I smoked a cigar and was violently ill. But it wasn’t a compliment and wasn’t meant to be. At the one show I attended, I was blissfully out of the loop so if anyone was behaving correctly and yet rudely (surely the embodiment of snobbery), I was too dense to catch on. I like being dense!