We have all heard the phrase about how opinions are like assholes- everybody has one.... Sometimes the opinions of others are helpful and sometimes they aren't. So who do you not only accept opinions from, but seek one out? And whose opinions do you politely thank the person for and think to yourself- They don't have a clue!
There are several people whose opinions I respect. Many of them are from diverse backgrounds and have ridden a number of horses at various levels. This means they have been in the trenches, doing the work and seen for themselves- the results.... They know first hand what works and what doesn't and can usually explain why.
Some of these people stick to breed shows and some of them compete in the open field in their discipline of choice. There's backgrounds of all kinds and sometimes i tend to roll with those that align with my own pursuits.
I respect the opinions of other bloggers. I won't be naming names as I don't want to leave anyone out. There are several I have met in real life, several that we have discussed things via email or text message and several There are several of you that if we were to gather in a group somewhere- there would be more than plenty of All Things Horse to discuss.
So how do you decide who has an opinion worth listening to? Blogger MiKael from Rising Rainbow Arabians said it best once and I'm going to paraphrase here- People may know the right words to use to make themselves sound like they know what they're doing, but if you want to find out if they know what they're talking about- watch their horses work. If you like what you see? Great, this is someone worth listening to. If you're not all that impressed? You know to keep looking.