Being on the internet and having horses is like having access to an all knowing (not really) encyclopedia of badly researched and probably not safe advice. Ok, I guess that’s the case for literally everything in life. But I can never understand why anybody would willingly go on the internet asking strangers for advice on their riding or the care of their horses ( or dogs, cats, children, reptiles, floors, furniture, etc.)
The internet is a giant swirling melting pot of keyboard warriors who are 100% sure that they know everything there is to know about everything.
“The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know – the less you know, the more you think you know.”
The thing that kills me is that people post pictures of their horses, themselves, their kids, and then ask for advice FULL WELL knowing what’s going to happen. Someone is going to tell you how awful you are, someone is going to tell you how great you look, someone is going to tell you that you shouldn’t have horses and someone is going to ask you if you’ve tried coconut oil and an animal communicator.
Even when writing these blogs, I find myself picking photos of myself that would draw as little criticism as possible from potential readers. I’m aware of my flaws in my riding, and I work hard to fix them. But riding is not something that has ever come naturally to me. I struggle endlessly fighting for the ever elusive independent seat, my toes turn out in the stirrups, and I have a terrible habit of not bending my elbows. I’m also terrible at following the canter. But, it is what it is. These are my struggles and I’m working on them, but I don’t need someone to look at a photo of me, a moment in time, and tell me what i need to fix. I have a trainer and very good friends for that.
So here’s the deal, post your photos. Ask for opinions, ask for critique if you want. But know full well that the keyboard warriors are going to tear you apart because that’s what they do. Does it mean they’re right? No. They’re just bored and mean. Or maybe they think that their way is the only way. Or maybe they ARE right. The thing is, all that matters is that you can brush off the things that should be brushed off, and absorb the information that should be taken to heart.
When all is said and done, coconut oil doesn’t fix everything and if you ask for opinions on the internet don’t be surprised when that’s what you get.