Oh gosh......let's see....
- People who use gadgets all the time when they ride. Example, standing martingales, german martingales and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc
- People who use gadgets and have no idea how to correclty ride to coorespond with that particular gadget. Thinking they are doing good, when instead they are making the horse go backwards
- People who blame their horse for things..like "My horse refused the fence" or "My horse is really strong and powerful, how do I fix him?" etc, etc instead of stopping and looking at themselves for the fault and the cause of the results they are getting.
- Riders who make their horses conform to them, instead of them learning to conform to the horse
- Riders who throw stronger bits into their horses mouths to solve a problem
- Riders who stay on the rail. Get off the rail and learn how to use the arena to your advantage.
- People who jump all the time.
- People who start young horses too early, and people who are jumping their horses at the age of 3-4 already doing 3'0" - 4'0".
- Uneducated Coaches, coaches who don't take lessons themselves, or ride and compete themselves - turning out uneducated riders.
Its really sad that I fall into many of these categories. My coach is one that last took a lesson many many years ago, and has sort of fallen into bad habits. Even more sad is that she is the best trainer (for a reasonable price. I'm not rich.) in the area, especially for someone who doesn't own a horse. (Pleasepleaseplease don't mention this. It was brought up in a long discussion in another thread, and it really upset me. I'd rather ride with a sucky trainer and learn something (yes, there is good somewhere between her standing martingales and gag bits) then ride with the other barns that are insanely expensive and far away or the barn that throws you on greenies to learn jumping.)
My pet peeves:
People who don't give their horse any attention after they ride (ie: throw in stall and walk away for the day).
People who think they're better because their horse costs more.
People who think that they're trainers when they're amateurs that probably learned everything they know from a place like here.
Those that impose their methods of training onto you when they have no idea what you have been doing/don't know a thing about the horse.
People that are stupid about caring for horses.
This one is sort of a pet peeve but I'm simply more disappointed in these people. People that claim to be incredibly passionate about riding but don't pursue improving or learning anything about anything. (I don't mean you're wrong for doing 3' showing your whole life on the same horse and loving it. I mean its silly for you to love riding that 3', but instead of mastering it and learning everything you would ever need to know about jumping that 3' and caring for your horse, you seek no knowledge of anything for caring for horses, jumping 3', or anything in between. This bugs me.)