I have only ever done schooling shows and one fall fair, so this is just a question. Why is it always so taboo to talk to a judge after at a rated show? I have gone up to the judges after schooling shows if I can to see why I got what I did and what can I improve upon. One show the judge actually came up to us and told individuals why they were placed (was surprised and pleased at this!). I grew up around race horses and was a self taught western rider, although any time I took lessons it was english...the rules arent ingrained in my head like they might be if I grew up around the hunter ring. I like to ask the judge so I understand the rules a bit more each time....and so that next time I know better what to fix. So why does it change when you move up? Shouldnt it still be acceptable to understand why you did or did not place?