I think horseperson and horseman are two different terms. A horseperson is someone who has the financial resources to own a horse. They generally have limited or no experience and while eager and well-meaning make a lot of mistakes. Many horsepeople spend vast amounts of money on gimmicks and training videos and lessons (often from other horsepeople only slightly more educated than themselves).
A horseman (the "man" is not gender specific I just hate the term horsewoman) has already gone though the horseperson phase and has a deeper understanding of horses and how they think. They don't try to pin human failings on horses like lying, cheating, meanness and insanity. The horseman realizes that horses are not going to "love" a human like humans love horses and accepts that fact. They realize that horses do what they do to try to get through life without discomfort and in safety. They look critically at others and decide who they want to learn from and emulate and then go to the lenghts necessary to do that. A horseman has a horse that is almost unnoticable because they are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing correctly. When a horseman disciplines his horse he does so with as much force as needed but with as little force as possible and at a time that will likely solve the problem. I could go on longer but this is enough for now.
Horsepeople outnumber horseman by about 100 to 1.
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