To all people asking for a critique
Before you post a bunch of 'happy snaps' and ask for a multitude of people from around the world coming from different styles of riding and training backgrounds and then tell them to 'please be nice'... please think about whether your true motive in asking for a critique is the learn new techniques and get different opinions which you can take away and learn from to improve yourself and your horse's way of going, or whether you simply want to be told the sun shines out your backside and you are fantastic in every way shape and form so don't change anything that you're doing.
There have been so many posts in this section with people asking for critiques and opinions on their riding or their horses conformation, and when they get an response that is not what they want to hear, they fly off the handle bars accusing every man and his dog of being 'mean'.
If you want to post a bunch of photo's and ask people what they think, well prepare to have people be brutally hounest and tell you exactly what they see. Don't post if you expect people to tell you that you are simply fantastic and there is nothing worth changing.
*jumps of soap box* ok I'm done now.
Thank you! There is a "pictures" section of this forum for a reason!!
AGREED. Not every horse can be as perfect as mine(hehehehe) so don't go making a big deal if yours gets less than shining reviews, take it as an opportunity to learn and see through an unbiased set of eyes...
Fully Agreed. :)
Agreed :). What's the point of a critique if all you get is "omg you have a GORGEOUS horse! you have the best position i've ever seeeennn!" (yeah, that's exaggerated haha). But seriously, you aren't learning if you only get compliments and what people think you want to hear. That being said, some people may need to critique a bit less harshly. There's a difference between critiqueing someone and downright rudeness. No one's going to want to listen to someone who only points out their flaws, even though they shouldn't be taking it that personally. i'm sure i've come across as a little bit defensive when people critique me, but i'm really not offended at all :P. it's nice to get everyone's opinions on what i need to improve.
So thank you for reminding people of this! it's pointless to post a critique and only expect compliments. Because it isn't going to happen.
Whew! i'm done now :D.
Yep of course there are a few who need to tone it down a little. But they are not usually having a personal go either. Just putting it bluntly and it gets taken in the wrong context. And once people have their back up over something then they continue to be under the impression that every comment that is not 'you are perfect' is a personal attack.
Nothing on this forum is a personal attack unless you know each other personally. We come from all corners of the globe, will never meet so don't take things so personally!! Does it matter if someone in South Africa thinks someone in Iceland has a terrible position?????
Take each and every critique and USE it. 99% of the people who respond to a critique are doing so to help you. They've put in the time and effort to type out a long response, and to have the OP turn around and have a shot at them saying they don't know what they're talking about is a huge kick in the guts when you've put effort in to help that person.
I know when I have posted a reply to some critique threads I've been shot down in flames by the OP, often I've spent over 30 mins typing out a reply to a critique, and will give a detailed explanation on the possible causes of the problem, and give what I can as a solution. Unfortunately, this picking things apart bit by bit appears to many posters as though I am having a go and pulling them apart.
This is entirely not the case. I comment on every detail of the picture that is put in front of me, because the horse works as a whole and you need to work on every problem to achieve the desired result of a supple, straight and engaged horse.
How do you learn if you cannot take advice and criticism from those who are wiser and more experienced than yourself?
I soak up all the information I can like a sponge, if someone comes out with a response to a question that I hadn't thought of, I'll always store it in my memory bank because you never know, one day I may just need to use that piece of advice.
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