Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Perhaps it's the lack of respect for the past and a lack of desire to study that irks you. Just like farmpony84, I didn't have my own horses until I was 27yo. Therefore I bought, read and reread books, and subscribed to equine magazines, which I also studied and, of course, I took lessons. My instructor was my expert and he was ALWAYS right. I have never considered myself a horse expert, but I am more experienced and more expert than some. I am now at the point where I weigh opinions, but I also try new training methods, if my methods are not yielding the desired results.
Published material has more communicable thought than opinion-based internet posts. When you couple the "special snowflake" attitude of many children today, many people also consider themselves expert without putting in much time. And, there are also people who just like to play with their My Little Ponies...
Honestly, I really don't want those folks messing with my horses, so I don't argue with them. I also don't invite them out to see my horses, either. Further, NOW, if somebody says they are afraid of horses, I agree with them. =D