Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
And most GP trainers have closed barns which do not allow persons to come in and observe the training of the horses.
Most GP trainers where
? Canada? May be. Around here (MD/PA/VA) - definitely not. Good trainer has nothing to hide, and knowledgeable client (and when you pour bunch of money into training or/and lessons you better educate yourself before doing so) has no problem with spurs or whips or any other equipment when used correctly.
And BTW, I've never heard people screaming "cruelty" here about any dressage (or eventing, or show jumping) reputable trainer, whether on my local forums (4 of them), or talking to people in person. And yes, we have plenty of trainers around here who show (or did show in past) on GP level.
All I'm saying, blunt generalizing is NOT a good idea...