Dear Horse People,
What is it with you? Why is it you feel the need to voice your opinion on everything?
Let me dole out advice about your riding, your horse, you horse's rehab program, your tack, your trainer, your lack of trainer, your barn, the underwear you chose to ride in today.
That bit is too harsh. Why aren't you using a french link? That nut cracker action is abuse. Are you riding with only one rein? Two reins! TWO REINS ALWAYS!!!!
Are those side reins? I hope you only had them on for approximately .02 seconds. Really, you shouldn't be longeing your horse at all. It is so bad for your horse's joints, and really, it does nothing anyway.
Your horse was feeling fresh? Why didn't you longe her first? Don't upset Precious Pookie by riding her down. Do you know how bad that is for her joints?
Are those draw reins? There is never a place for draw reins. Be right back. I have to go call PETA.
P.S. If those aren't (insert current trendiest brand) breeches, I am judging you. Also, even though those are (insert current trendiest brand) breeches, all they're doing is showing that you're too heavy to ride your horse. Adding that to my PETA complaint.
You can call it expressing your opinion, and clearly that gives you a pass. But there's telling someone what you think, and then there's just being rude. Listen, if you have something to say and there's this little nagging feeling in the back of your mind like maybe that person will be vastly offended, hurt, or insulted (Do you get that feeling? Maybe that's the problem here.), try just nodding and smiling instead. We are horse people. We are plenty. Turn to your left and vent to the equally as gossipy and opinionated person there if you really must. Be petty among yourselves. That's what texting is for. Don't make it a game to bring everyone around you down.
If no one is being put in danger, if that single jointed loose ring with no rubber bit guards is not about to rip apart the corner of the horse's mouth, or that rider's perfectly serviceable Troxel isn't actually making your eyes bleed because it's not a custom (insert current trendiest brand) helmet, or--God forbid--someone is doing Natural Horsemanship but the horse doesn't actually appear distressed in any way, try this tactic instead:
Shut the fuck up.
Or this one: Have some fucking tact.
Or even: Try being nice to people.
Not everyone appreciates that you were "just trying to point something out."
There are horse people that live with the mindset of, "I KNOW THIS AND I KNOW YOU KNOW IT TOO BUT I'M NOT GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BECAUSE I KNOW THIS BETTER LET ME KEEP TELLING YOU HOW MUCH I KNOW ABOUT THIS."
I think it's great when horse people offer advice, when they're able to give really helpful, inspiring words of encouragement. I don't think it's so great when horse people completely disregard a person's feelings just so said horse person can express their own.
No apologies for this rant. Everyone stop being such bitches.