I think it really depends.
The most inexperienced people often talk the loudest and spout their opinions left and right as if they're fact. They're the people who call themselves "trainers" and WAY WAY blow their experience out of proportion and think because they can talk the talk, they can walk the walk when in reality they have no business teaching and don't know nearly enough to even realize how little they actually know. I'm VERY VERY weary of trainers who don't continue their education with accomplished trainers/riders. Because in a given discipline if a trainer isn't relatively accomplished I won't train with them, though I've also seen trainers who have competed FEI and are really not good riders or I wouldn't let on my horse because they lack any kind of feel or tact. It gives capable people a bad name. You get it in every discipline.
In general I stick to myself and "lay low." I have quite a bit of experience but people stress me out. I keep away from drama, socialization and people in general and just enjoy my horses, my education and developing a good relationship with my horses and the horse's I develop. I love my trainers, I love going to clinics and learning because I enjoy the journey. I don't think anyone's education is ever "complete" I think there is just more of being a student. I'll help where asked because it helps me think about better ways to explain something or see it as an opportunity to help someone but I've never felt compelled to go up to someone and talk about my "accomplishments." And when people do that or start imposing points of view with blind arrogance and no openness to discussion or conversation, I just nod my head politely and let them talk because there is no point in trying to reason with them and I wont waste my time or energy trying to convince someone to listen to reason.
I've had people say a lot of rude things to me. I ride a lot of babies and I've had some difficult horses and Ill often hear the greatest amount of arrogance from riders who don't have anywhere near the amount of experience they think they do. I know a few girls who've only ever ridden schoolmasters or old enough horses that they're not babies who will offer incredibly inaccurate "advice" or "ideas" on how they'd ride my youngsters and I just nod politely and laugh in my mind because they'd get thrown into a wall and would be stunned when they couldn't steer and realize the babies don't understand the aids of an adult and dont tolerate the same mistakes. It also makes me laugh because when you have all youngster, people seem to think you can't do the "upper level stuff" when riding ability isn't really determined by what level you show at or what you have going. Or at least in dressage you see a very wide variety of methods, skill level and ways to develop a horse. Not all are good ways but a lot of times people judge a person's ability off of the level they show at when there is a huge range of skill/knowledge/ability at every level. I've seen training level riders with more complete riding ability than FEI trainers. It just makes me laugh because Ive gone to shows and thought some novice riders had their horses going better than their trainers. Then some people seem to think if someone is "stuck" developing babies its because someone is capable enough to ride a schooled horse but really it's because someone is accomplished enough that they're asked to develop babies. It's a HUGE responsibility and takes a lot of skill and it's unfortunate it's a skill that isn't appreciated. I feel a HUGE difference between a well developed youngster and one with someone who doesn't really know what they're doing but thinks they do. But people always have to validate themselves, regardless of what is true or reasonable.
Or I'll also hear people write off rider ability because of horse "quality" which I don't get because a lot of times those higher quality horses take a lot more skill to ride well and to make them appear that "nice." Talented horses are often very athletic, highly intelligent, sensitive and have their own mind. It takes a good deal of tact and sensitivity to earn their partnership, as well as sometimes they have such large-powerful gaits it takes a lot of skill to organize it.
Basically what this ramble is about is there are a very wide variety of horse people with varying experience levels. A lot of passionate, opinionated people, a lot of condescending, snobby rude people and in general every discipline, every area of the horse world comes with a variety of different people. If people are rude/condescending and blindly arrogant, I'll interrupt and contradict them with experience but in general I just let them stew in their own. If their head is that far up their butt, they can live up there as long as there horse is ok. We're all learning, we're all growing (or should be) and should be supportive of each other. The only reason I see people tear down others or be intentionally condescending/rude, etc is because they're insecure or too inexperienced to realize they're inexperienced. And you can't reason with them, in general I just avoid them and keep living my life, enjoy my riding, continue in my education and love my horses.
Last edited by DanteDressageNerd; 02-24-2017 at 04:58 PM.