*THANK YOU* for starting this thread. It has touched on a lot of things that have been bothering me lately.
|I'm really not trying to be blantanly rude, I'm just tired of holding my tounge and playing nice!!!|
But back to our average newb BYO. Based on farmpony's story, and frankly, my own (I bought a "riding school dropout" when I was 14 with my babysitting money, and *rode* it to a new barn because I couldn't afford hauling; when I needed some lessons to work on his issues, the initial response from my parents was "But you've taken riding lessons for years, you should be giving lessons!" Oh, eventually, I did get lessons - from a "very experienced" teenager) some of these novices do learn to become responsible horsepeople.
How do we help those who are capable of learning? And how do we sort them out from the rest?
I believe most posters do genuinely want information and/or education. Many are taking the easy route by asking here rather than doing there own research. Most are hoping for a quick fix. Lots are shocked and resentful when they're confronted with their own ignorance.
So what's the best way to reach them? Any thoughts?
If the real answer is flame them all; and the serious ones will come back in spite of it, I'm okay with it. Hand me and SpeedRacer flamethrowers, I'm ready.