"As a means of selecting suitable breeding stock, shows are crap. As a means of demonstrating what animals should look like to the general public, shows are crap. As a means of socialising youngsters, they are difficult to beat! Just the opinion of an old cynic."
"...if you want to guarantee that every time you ride it goes to plan, then buy a bike."
"...Good horsemanship is good horsemanship is good horsemanship - don't care if you wear a stetson or a bowler hat."
"...all across the world and at any age, I see people making disasters out of horses. From cruelty to spoiling rotten in search of a perfect bond. "
Some very wise words on the Horse and Hound Forum.