Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Strathmore Alberta
Knowledge comes because of exposure to different ideass
I would like to try and clarify a couple of things. One, I am under no illusion that I know everything, and learn more with each and every day. Two, we do what we do with the clinics, demos and videos to help people and their horses. Not so people do it our way. The information is there to provoke thought.
I personally believe, watch and listen to everyone, then take what works for you and your horse, leave the rest behind. It is in doing this that makes us better horse people. If we restrict our selves to just one style, or are to busy passing judgement, then it is your horse that looses out.
I have always found these forums fascinating. They are very much like a busy boarding stable for their social dynamics. Those same dynamics, have made great stables and can also destroy them. The more diversity in the stables the stronger the stables. You need both Western and English riders, show people and trail riders.
What happens in some cases, is you get a group of people that believe their way is the only way. Their style is the best, their opinion is the only one that counts. If anyone does not tow the line, they are belittled, laughed at, discussed behind their backs, ostracized and more. In the end, those who refuse to fit the mold, leave looking for a more inviting environment. I have talked with stable owners, who have had to close their doors because of these types driving away their clientele.
These people are just another type of bully. They tend to be aggressively opinionated and more. Quick to put others down, telling everyone how it is. Please, don't let these types stop you from exploring different options. Be your own person, make your own decision and stop worrying what everyone else is thinking. I promise you, you will be happier for it, and better informed.
If I help but one person, one horse from ending up going for slaughter, because no one can handle it. I will be happy. I will not stop doing what I am doing because someone feels the need to call me and idiot.