Okay, I just thought about it, and I must have been 10 or 11. My stepdad was right next to me and was the one to ask for a picture. He isn't quite the guy to help me in any situation since we aren't ever really on the same page, even was I was younger. And as for his take on the situation, I've had years and years of practice of keeping my disapointments and sadness on the inside so I'm sure he never has known.
And for the other posts, he bought the stuff for me. I did have my own spending money with me, and this was an exception as he knew how much of an idol she was to me. (If I remember right, I had to pull out the puppy dog eyes for him to give in)
Also, I was the person to email the support email for her products, and at that age I was mature, and I was capable of writing a business email. (Of course my parents gave it a once over and said okay) but it wasn't like I sent some kind of immature, poorly grammatic email.
And on a bright note, the ball I bought I did have the chance to use it, since my horse likes to kick balls when I ride him so we probably did that once. I followed all the directions of keeping it out of the sun for extended periods of time, and it still managed to continously deflate after reinflating it multiple times. My last memory of is was doing yoga with it, and working on my balance.
But like I said in an above reply, I actually grabbed a exercise ball from our dumpster that lasted longer than the $40 ball. The exercise ball was chewed on for a couple days and thrown around til it popped, but I am glad I atleast got use from it
I'm sorry you don't have a good relationship with your stepdad and that he wasn't there for you. I wonder if being there with him colored your experiences as well.
Those balls are hit and miss. If you go and read reviews on amazon, every one of them will have a review or two that says that the ball didn't inflate. You just got a lemon.
I'm just curious of your parents harped about spending good money on crappy products afterwards? This could've colored your perceptions as well.
In any case, what you're talking about here is not SW a trainer, and not even SW a person, but SW in one moment in time and you in one moment in time. I'm sure that this interaction affected you in a negative way, and it would've affected me as well as I tend to be sensitive this way, but this was not enough to form any serious impression of her. Jumping thoughts that she's a fraud is not really warranted. You had one crappy experience with her, and that's all.
Would you want someone to decide that you were a fraud or a bad person, or a bad rider based on just one moment in time they saw you?
On the other hand, maybe it was a sign that Parelli or someone else would work better for you and your horses.
But yeah, I think she should've sucked it up and talked to a kid.