No, haha, that's not what I was implying at all. I guess I am just confused. I train mostly in dressage, and I currently do not show my horse. I train her and ride her 6 days a week usually, and eventually I hope to show her. But essentailly that's all a show is, you showing off the level of training that your horse is at, under saddle. Right? So if one is against showing, they must also be against training and riding. And in that case, what is the point? If you are not going to train or ride, what do you do? Look out your window and watch your horse eat grass? Don't get me wrong, I understand that in certain circumstances, horses can not work. And in that case, a retired horse is a retired horse. Do you know what I mean? I feel like it's not coming out right...
I think I do understand. But I don't think she was against shows *and* riding and training. Just shows - In a show you compete for the best horse, the best title, and some people end up being cruel because they don't want to work with the horse, they just want the money involved in a horse that has won many ribbons. They don't want to own and love a horse, they want to beat a horse until it does what he wants, show it off, and get money, then boast about how great their animals are. So instead of training the right way, they do things like Soring.
If you just ride for pleasure, for yourself, you have no one to please. Nobody is going to care how your horse steps walking down the trails, and therefore the cruel people who "train" horses with methods like Soring wouldn't buy and abuse horses, because there isn't any money in it. If someone buys a horse not to show, then they are much more likely in it because they love the horse and want to work with it and train it - not to make the money and thus "train" using cruel methods. Look at it this way - if showing didn't exist, the amount of people who use abusive methods like this would drop to almost none. It's almost entirely for showing purposes, to win big titles. No shows/money, you're left with the people who absolutely love their horses and own them because they like to, not because they want money and titles.
Again - I'm not against showing. And I'm not trying to say that everyone who shows is cruel. It just happens to be the reason many people use abusive "training" methods. People who are against showing aren't against all training or anything, but against them because they really do bring out the worst in some people and they don't' want to support that.