I just wanted to remind you guys the difference between critique and flat out negativity.
If someone posts a picture of their horse and wants the conformation critiqued.. post with tact. For instance, if the horse has many things wrong with it here is an example of what is polite, and what is rude:
Don't Say: "Your horse is ugly" "He is SO crooked!"
Do Say: "The front right fetlock does not match up with the angle in the shoulder"
When it comes to someone posting a picture of themselves riding, and asks for constructive criticism... here is what to say, and what not to say:
Don't Say: "You look AWFUL"
Do Say: "Try riding with your heel down and your elbows at your side, this way you have a better center of balance and your body lines up properly"
When it comes to riding, don't just critique, offer constructive criticism. Rather than just saying "Put your heels down" let them know a why they should ride with their heels down.. if that makes sense.
If someone posts a picture of themselves riding in the Horse Pictures forum, assume that they do NOT want critique on their riding style or their horse.. only critique pictures in this forum, unless otherwise specified in other forums. Example: If someone posts in the Horse Picture forum and says "Critique Welcome" then feel free to critique.
If at any time you feel another member is being rude to you, or making uncalled for or immature remarks about you or your horse, please contact a Moderator with the thread in question and we will investigate the situation
Remember! We are all adults! Be nice!! =)
((Edited on 03-08-07))
Remember that critique is not JUST pulling out the negativity from a particular picture or video. If someone posts a picture, try to point out things they are doing right, as well as the things they are doing wrong. If we only nit pick the people that post in this forum, sooner or later people will just stop posting in this forum altogether because they do not want to be publically humiliated for one small fault. Please try to include at least one positive thing about someone's picture when you are critiquing them. Not something silly like "Your horse is bay and I like that color" something constructive, like "Though your leg is somewhat sloppy, I really like how you are holding the horse in that frame, he is set correctly." If there is a post where you feel the need to be snarky or catty, please just exit the topic for a while. This is a constructive criticism forum.. not a "Hey, lets rip this person a new one" forum. Constructive means we want the person to grow and improve to be a better rider, not scare them off of the forum and make them feel ashamed (or make ourselves feel better for criticising someone who didnt know any better). I hope this all makes sense. Please PM me if there is any confusion (its like, 1:00 in the AM and im pooped!)