Originally Posted by confetti
I showed in the all-around Novice Youth and 13 & under classes at Paint shows. I quit though becuase I felt the horses were just treated as machines to beat and spur into loping correctly... I don't know if it was just the area I showed in, but I never saw anyone give a horse a hug and rarely a kind petting (and I'm not saying everyone is like that everywhere, so don't be offended). I think I did that for around 2 years? Blah... happy to be done.
I show at the AQHA shows and I give my horses hugs and kisses all the time. You have to learn to love and trust them to be a good team.
But some trainers are like that, I think it might have been the area you were in.