I am a new rider, got on my first horse about 3 years ago and just had to have more! I have found that people around here act like if you haven't been riding forever or owned your first horse when you were 12, then basically you are a joke. I have experienced this from riders and instructors alike. It is SO disheartening. I took lessons for over a year and a half before realizing there had been many holes in what I was and wasn't taught. I did not know how to apply my leg or what part I should be using when yelled at for "more leg" I was constantly told "wrong lead" when going from trot to canter, but never explained what that meant..etc. I found a new instructor who is really good now, and teaching more in a few months than the year and a half elsewhere. BUT, I find that a big majority of horse people are rude, unfriendly and sometimes down right mean. Is this how it is everywhere? I figured the young people would be but it really shocks me to see older folks acting that way. Everyone had to start somewhere and I just had a REALLY late start! lol I am 50 now, and want to keep riding as long as I can, but can't help but wonder if I'll ever get past the "better than you" attitude I see and feel in so many barns. Does anyone else have this experience?