any time some one makes fun of you horse make sure he hears you defend him
Well crud, no wonder I'm having problems with my horse. My trainer and I were busy laughing at my pathetic 15H Quarter Horse who after being chased off by a 9H PONY, tried to hide herself behind my trainer. You can't see me, I'm hidden behind her..... oh crap, my ginormous QH rear was hanging out and that evil pony can SEE ME! SAVE ME!!!!
People on the road don't have to respect horses and riders. You're on their turf.
Not to fuel anyone's fire here, but in BC, horses are actually considered equal road users. On a lot of the intersections near when I am, they actually have a button for pedestrians that is placed higher up for people on horseback!
To the OP: If you're serious about getting into training, find an established trainer to intern under. There are tons throughout the Lower Mainland, and finding one here should be just about as easy as finding a Wal-Mart. You may have to spend some time volunteering your time but if it is truly what you want to do, then go for it.