Yes it is. I have been thrown under the bus a couple of times on COTH and stopped going over there after the third time of that happening. Since I have a blog I am a little bit more of an open book than some people, but I also find it insane that people think they know everything about you based upon what you post on an internet forums.
TOTALLY. My discipline is western but I follow and appreciate the full gamut of equestrian sports, and am aghast at some of the nasty remarks seen on social media. I was particularly appalled to read some of the comments following the heartsickening deaths of Powderhound and Conair at The Fork Horse Trials recently. The free exchange of ideas that social media offers is certainly a double edged sword, and some seem to have no trouble using it to rip others to shreds, even in the face of grief and tragedy. While I’m not a professional, I do show and I have never found that being helpful and building others up is a hindrance to being competitive. I want us ALL to succeed in our goals, because being a better horseman ultimately benefits the horse. And that’s what matters most to me. 🙂
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