Like someone else said - people who have horses or are doing horse 4-h only so they cna brag aobut it and act like they know everything about riding and horses to you - when this is their first time riding and your fourth year riding AND working with horses.
Another - NO DERR that your horse is misbehaving or not listening because you didn't do any groundwork with him! You just got him out and saddle and got up on him, or with the girl that is doing horse 4-h and what I said above - she came late to get her horse ready for a show and just put the bridle on and started showing - so no derr that your horse wasn't listening because you did absolutely ZERO groundwork, and went straight to showoing. The funny thing is also that she didn't work with her horse at all during the duration of fair... Get a clue!
I don't do any real "groundwork". I lunge the youngsters for a few weeks before starting them to get them used to tack, and before the first few rides to get the sillies out. If I have a horse that is particularly excitable or hasn't been ridden in a while, they get lunged for a few minutes. That's pretty much the extent of my groundwork. My horses have a natural respect for me. When I ride, I get my horse out, groom, tack up, and RIDE. When I show, I get to the showgrounds, groom, tack up, and RIDE. Unless it's a youngster, then they get to just hang out and walk around.
Also to the poster who said about 3 horses on 1 acre...we have 16(11 minis) on about 2 acres. They are happy and healthy. If you manage property correctly and provide them with what they need, they will thrive on small acreage. I do agree with "barns" that are falling apart. Drives me batty!
I'd have to say my biggest pet peeve is when people who are ignorant about their horses care. People I know have several horses, feed them all off of one roundbale at a time, and grain them out of one feed trough. Of course the lowest horse gets pushed out, and ends up skinny. They pick weight up in the summer, but in the winter they are THIN. And no matter what you say to them, they think their way is just fine.