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    07-06-2012, 10:50 PM
Why can't we all get along ?

I apologize for this in advance but I have I speak my mind .

Why can't everyone in the horse world agree to disagree ? Shouldn't we find it amazing that we can teach our horses so many different things in many different ways ? Why do we constantly have to bash one another's sport ? I ride WP and all I see is hate . Before anyone accuses me: Yes, there is some abuse in the WP world but there's unfortunately abuse everywhere . From jumping, to dressage, to reining , to WP . Sometimes I wish training a horse had only 1 way to do it right, cause then we'd all agree . But our amazing horses learn in different ways, as a child would . Some need more coddling and others need firmness .

I'm sorry but can't we all just agree to disagree and get along ? It used to make me so mad, but now I'm just upset at the whole issue .
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    07-06-2012, 10:57 PM
There are just so many things that we all know that another doesn't know. So many opinions.. it's really hard to agree to disagree especially when it comes to things that we don't understand but assume are dangerous.

I try my best though. I used to be a jerk and point out everything that was wrong (I still do so in movies lol!) or that I don't agree with. It's a wrong thing to do.. we just need to learn to zip it and learn to research before we jump the gun.

Btw WP used to look odd to me (I came from the English world and then went on to barrel racing lessons) but now I think it's really cool how they can have so much oomph but go so slow.. it's interesting!
    07-06-2012, 11:39 PM
You're certainly correct -- every single discipline has something interesting and unique to offer. And part of what makes horseback riding interesting is there is that broad sport of equestrianism, but so many sub-sports within that.
    07-07-2012, 01:01 AM
Discipline bashing frustrates me to no end. One common scenario, is someone in one discipline (let's say dressage) insulting another discipline (let's say WP) and claiming theirs is so much more humane. But, if a bunch of dressage riders attack the WP rider, the WP rider's opinion of dressage will deteriorate and that person will start criticizing dressage, making the dressage riders dislike WP even more. The funny thing is, nobody stops to consider that the basic principles of the two disciplines done correctly are SO SIMILAR. People with similar training approaches begin hating eachother over absolutely nothing. This happens in every discipline and always will. People can't and won't agree to disagree, because they believe their way of riding is more correct and makes more sense than the other. It's unfortunate, but it's human nature.
    07-07-2012, 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by ChipsAhoy    
People can't and won't agree to disagree, because they believe their way of riding is more correct and makes more sense than the other. It's unfortunate, but it's human nature.
and religion, and government, and parenting, etc

Simple principle of agreeing to disagree would cause world peace...now that would be a true miracle!!,
    07-07-2012, 10:16 AM
Originally Posted by eclipseranch    
and religion, and government, and parenting, etc

Simple principle of agreeing to disagree would cause world peace...now that would be a true miracle!!,


Kgolden there are snobby, stuck up self righteous people all over the place. You just need to ignore them and continue on your merry way!
    07-07-2012, 01:01 PM
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    07-07-2012, 04:58 PM
I think sometimes, well actually MANY times...people get "pigeon-holed" in one discipline and don't want or need to take the time to learn another. And that's OK, because horse sports are not cheap....so some people only stick with what interests them, and does not try other disciplines, or have the need or desire to learn about other disciplines.

I have been an all-around rider all my life, meaning....different seats/different disciplines, different breeds...so it has opened my mind to what else is out there, the training involved etc. I have NOT pigeon-holed myself with tunnel vision, and can appreciate all the disciplines...the training needed to have a successful and correct horse as a result of it.
    07-07-2012, 07:46 PM
I mean I think all equine sports are awesome . Everyone I ride with d
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    07-07-2012, 07:48 PM
Sorry ; finger slipped . Everyone I ride with has taught me something new . When I first got my mare, she had no bend, no flex, nothing she should have other than walk, trot and lope . But from I learned things to help her from everyone ! From the dressage trainer to our reining trainer !
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