Thanks for the reply nrhareiner. I was just quietly trying to point out that different cultural backgrounds will produce different like and dislikes in training styles. I think your reply reinforces my point.
The checks you have to go through to get a shotgun in the UK are so stringent you'd be amazed. Police visits to your house to see where you will store it, police background checks on you, references from reputable people as to your sanity. I probably see a gun around once a year in my area. Shot Gun Applications - Metropolitan Police Service
Not sure why it being your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to carry a gun means you have to carry one. Does the constitution forbid not bearing arms ?
I actually have a right to graze my cattle (if I had any) on the local common, but I didn't go out and buy a cow to exercise that right.
I do not think not following PP means you are cruel and have never, nor would ever imply that. I have no knowledge of how you treat your horses, as you have none about how I do mine. There are many trainers to follow and I take notice of them all. Following or not following one is not an indicator of cruelty.
Yes British equestrianism has very strict ethical standards, but I am sad to say that at some minor shows they are not always adhered to as strictly as they should be. But then I hear the same happens occasionally in the US as well. It is up to ethical horsemen to complain vigorously to the judges if they see any wrongdoing going on.
And your comment that PP is not a good trainer is just an opinion. Other very experienced horsemen on this forum have said that they think he is a good trainer. You are entitled to your opinion, but then so are they.
As for the marketing, at least even you think he does some things well :) .