Today I learned another fact about horse riding etiquette. I was guiding a mid-experienced ride and really holding myself together to keep polite because of another rider just behind me and her comments.
Almost all the way she was commenting the strides of my horse and how should I improve them, commenting the training of the mare she was given (the best of our barn and a really fine trail horse) and how she could improve her (being a rider with just 2 year experience on an incredibly calm and slow lesson horse), commenting on how the BO was doing a bad job in riding the horse herself (the BO was not with us), trying to lead the group in different trails than I went, just because she thought they'd be more fun and being generally a pain in the a** and very impolite.
I find it quite inappropriate to act like this - guided trail rides are for fun, not trying to re-train (she was actually trying to "work" with her horse during the ride, while not being able to keep the distance and bumping in my horse's back in canter all the time) and criticize horses that are not yours, and for following the guide, not playing one themselves.
It seems obvious, but apparently some people are unable to think of it.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.