I think the truth is we can argue on this thread until we are blue in the face, and make no progress. The "opponent" sides come form totally different cultures, and I am not just talking about their attitude to horses. I personally find it difficult to even understand the attitude of folks who carry concealed weapons, but then I don't live in their environment. If I did I may well have a different opinion. The environment where that attitude is needed would probably inform my attitude to all sorts of subjects. Not sure how this pertains to the subject at hand. It is my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY SO I DO. I do not carry b/c I fear anything.
I live in the gentle Shires of the UK. The only guns are the ones licensed for the occasional pheasant shoot and are limited to shotguns. You do know that a shotgun can do more damage then just about any other gun around. The Winchester 1897 was one of the most feared guns by the Germans in WWI. Known as the Trenchgun.
You would never see a gun carried in public on the streets. Even the local police don't have any weapon beyond a truncheon. The most dangerous animal is a Muntjac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
. This is bound to give me a different outlook on life, and what I want from my horses compared with someone who lives in an area where all the criminals carry guns and the wildlife want to eat me. I too live in an area with a low crime rate. Why? Probably b/c everyone around here has a gun and knows how to use it.
These differences are not right or wrong, good or bad, they just are. This is true even in the US. I have a lot of freinds who do not carry or even own a gun Many others who do.
It is now up to the OP to sift through all these posts, form an opinion as to where they stand at a cultural level and make a choice. It has nothing to do with Cultur. It has to do with good training. PP is NOT A GOOD TRAINER. What he is is a good marketer.
There is enough information on here now for them to form a pretty good idea as to the believe systems of all the participants in the debate
. And bearing this in mind they should be able to look at themselves and decide where they fit in.
I am now open to both sides saying "it's not down to culture it's down to good riding/instruction". But the trainer you are going to learn most from is the one that you most enjoy listening to, and can follow for a long period of time. And for me personally I like Pats philosophy on life and the way he handles horses. For others it will just grate.