I rarely chime in on these types of threads, but there are two issues here that I simply can't leave alone.
Calling yourself a "professional" means you make your *living* and support yourself by working with horses. (not the USEF definition, I know.). That definition for me means you're not living with your parents or grandparents, not getting free pasture board at a relative's house and that you actually behave like a business person. If you call yourself a professional, you better be able to produce a list of accomplishments or an income statement.
It GRINDS MT GEARS when someone throws that word around casually, as if it means the same thing as knowledgable or expert. It doesn't.
There are many knowledgable and expert horsepeople who are also amateurs, no problems there. But don't call yourself a professional when your EVERY post on this forum indicates the exact opposite.
Next, the gadget-y stirrups. I haven't tried most of them, though I think the magnet ones might make sense over GP size fences. I do own a pair of the original Herm Sprengers. MY next pair will have the 90 degree turn. I am a 54 year old EX professional with an instructor's certification. Back in the day, I rode anywhere from 5 - 14 horses a day. I have one total knee replacement and need the other done. I have shattered my right ankle and it is held together by screws wire and bone grafts. If I didn't ride in the gadgety stirrups, riding would be too painful.
Go ahead, tell me that I ride in the Herm Sprengers because I'm lazy and ride like crap. Go ahead. Just be prepared to share YOUR professional résumé first. And be sure to tell the dozens of other professionals who ride in them because they allow them to ride more horses with less fatigue.
What else GRINDS MY GEARS? Clueless young backyard horsepeople ranting about things the lack the experience or judgement to understand or the discretion to keep quiet about.
Last edited by maura; 03-21-2013 at 06:51 AM.