There is a certain "clique" that comes along in many, many threads, they shut down anyone that has a different opinion then they do. They start throwing compliments around to each other and patting each others backs while slamming other folks and their disciplines. I came to this forum to learn. It was a much different environement when people weren't so quick to judge. That comment was not directed at you, Anabel isn't even in this thread, it wasn't directed at Spyder. I was most probably out of line to make the comment. Report the post and let other mods discipline me. I'm not above anyone else on the forum.
I actually read all 11 pages of this thread (can't sleep) and I have to say that I've been on this forum for a few months and really haven't found any instances of this.
There are many posters on this forum who have wonderful reputations for giving time tested, well thought out, appropriate advice. Wild_Spot, Maura, AllisonFinch, Spyder, JDI, MIE, Anebel, who are whom I'm interested in being an english rider, but I have also noticed kevinshorses, smrobs, wild_spot again, and, the terrible loss of RiosDad. It's obvious these are well educated people who give up moments of their time to further educate us
on becoming better horsepeople. No offense, but I have not particularly seen you step out with any groundbreaking advice. Perhaps you have and I missed it, but I read a LOT of this forum in the last few months. I'd appreciate the advice and comments and absorb it.
Also, I have NEVER seen them run around and pat each other's backs. This is the possibly first instance which I've seen them compliment each other, and I don't find anything wrong with it.
I find your comment pretty rude, personally, and quite out of line for someone in your "position" in the forum.
To all posters, western, english, jumpers, western pleasure riders, carriage drivers, etc, keep on truckin'. I love your posts :)