I've noticed that there are several threads that start with some variation of "My horse is really well trained but" or "My horse is really well mannered except when I...". You can't have a horse that is "well trained except". Either the horse is well trained all the time or the horse is not well trained. If you have a mare that is really well mannered except when she's in heat then guess what, she's not well mannered. If your horse is well trained but it won't stop guess what, it's not well trained. If you can ride your horse anywhere but past the barn, you guessed it, it's not well trained.
I read once that when someone pays you a compliment then follows it with "but" or "except" it means they were insencere about the compliment and you should disregard it. I don't know how true that is. It seems a little harsh to me but it seems to hold true in some of the comments on this forum.
If we as horsemen want to have the best horses we can we need to take the "buts" out of our statements. When we catch ourselves using a "but" then we should work diligently to correct what comes after it. I have a nice Appy gelding I just traded for and I can do anything I want on him BUT he gets a little jumpy when I rope off him. Guess what I do every time I ride him. You guessed it, I take down my rope and catch bushes and tree stumps and anything else that won't get me in trouble.
I hope this doesn't seem like a rant and it's not pointed at any one person so if I ended up quoting you a little too closely my point was not to offend. I look forward to hearing the thoughts of others.