Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Horselover, I am coming from a neutral opinion here (not passionate about either side of this argument). Why would you post this thread if you were just going to ask the moderators to lock it up as soon as a few people disagreed with you?
The nature of your post is conflictual...it entices people to disagree with you and to share their opposing views. That is the beauty of this forum...you get to share your opinions :) (I have said that so many times :) )
I find it curious that people get so fired up about things like these. If everyone steps back and quits taking things personally, and refrains from personal attacks, there are opportunities to learn from one another all over this forum.
Horselover, I think it was assumed that you did not ride saddle seat because your experience with it (that you shared on this thread) was what you had seen from a snobby girl.
Personal example of how to take things lightly:
I have seen several threads started about barrel racing this or that. Well from many years of experience with the sport, I have seen horses drugged and run lame, started way to young, permanently injured, people sent to hospitals, etc. I have learned through experience that barrel racing CAN be a cruel and dangerous sport,
BUT I do not start a thread about it or bash on those posting questions about it. Rather, I try to post ways to do well and be a good horseman in the sport...to help people avoid falling into that world of cruelty that befalls any discipline. It is much more productive than just wishing everyone would agree with me.
Cruelty that I know of in various disciplines off the top of my head:
Western Pleasure - the spur stop
Dressage - over-flexing into unnatural positions
Racing - Running too hard, too young, and using hard contact so that the horse braces at the bit when running
Pack horses - can be underfed/watered on a regular basis
Any sorry excuse horses owners - not trimming, vaccinating, feeding, exercising, or caring for horses properly
Oh there are so many that I have heard of and that everyone knows about...it is ridiculous to continue :)