Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
You didn't ask for help, however you are not declining it from what you said, until you lost your temper. So how was he to know.
People who interfere are annoying, and he has no place doing that - but he's German, there's a cultural difference, Germans tend to be forthright, and expect you to be so too. If you don't want his opinion, tell him so.
But gosh, I disagree with your opinion about his horsemanship. He sounds decent.
The striding was wrong on the jumps, but your horse was running out on the first jump because of it - but yet your horse was not disobeying you? Erm no.
Also, you were riding, set your horse loose in the arena while you helped the BO (that's kind of you). But I don't think you get to reserve the arena while you are doing other things, and I certainly wouldn't wait for you to do that.