Barry, another wonderful thought provoking thread. To answer why so many view but don't post, I will/can only answer for myself.
I am an observer by nature. I do visit many subjects/threads on the forum, and only occasionally will respond. Usually someone else has responded, in my opinion, better and more eloquently than I could.
Like you and others, I do not get bogged down with the spelling ect...but look more to the spirit/message of the post. Sometimes when one is passionate and excited to respond, the fingers are flying faster than the brain can keep up with proper spelling and punctuation.
It does sadden me when someone focuses way to much on that and not the "gist" of the response.
I do visit the same threads many times to check in on the discussion. I enjoy the ups/downs and turnarounds and many times am laughing or shaking my head (the husband is probably looking into "placement" options at this point) at some of the posts.
I particularly enjoy the threads that are not as instructional as those that challenge me to think "outside the box". Your "heels up/down" was a very good example of that. Your thread touching on the emotions was another that I have always pondered on.
Like many here, I do not train for a living, but only for my needs. I am fortunate to share my life with two very sane and calm horses. I am still a believer that it is a privilege and honor to have these wonderful animals in my life. I strive to do what is best for all three of us, and always feel rewarded by displays of their trust and affection.
I try to adhere to principles that whatever I do:
1. I do not get hurt
2. The horse doesn't get hurt
3. The horse is calmer at the end then when we started
I haven't always accomplished this, but one must have goals/standards.
So, while I may not post often, I am always out there reading and learning.
Barry, keep us thinking "outside the box". It's very good exercise for my dwindling brain cells!