This question has perplexed many readers so let me attempt to answer it. To begin with, Fugly has no horse experience and very little riding experience. Beyond her comments all you have to do is look at photo of her riding to see that she rides like a student in a beginner riding class. Fugly’s opinions are formed by her conversations with her friends on HorseDopia (HD) who are just as inexperienced as she is or limited in their experience. One such person is Sarcasta Bitch. Yes, the name says it all. SB has five years of questionable experience with horses and yet goes from forum to forum giving her pronouncements on the horse world. Here is an example. The following statement was taken off of the Chronicle of the Horse Forum (COTH).
In the comment SB pontificates about the uselessness of instructors who don’t compete. With a single click of her keyboard SB writes off George Morris and other top level trainers who no longer compete. Her reason for doing so is that riding has changed in the last five years since she began thus older trainers are now obsolete. Yes, SB in the old days we used wheel barrels to carry the horses around the course and spring board for them to jump the jumps. Yes, riding and jumping is so different today. SB has created the argument so she can continue to confront others with more knowledge and more experience. In SB mind, if you have been competing for 10 to 20 years then you don’t know how to ride as only people who have learned to ride in the last five years have been taught properly. I’ll have to write Ian Miller to tell him he doesn’t know what he’s doing. The sad thing is, Fugly with listen to her and absorb what she says and use it for material for her articles.
"From what I'm learning from my current coaches, saddle fitters, clinicians...there is a fair bit of progression in the techniques, equipment and even horse quality over the past 5 years...even more over the past 10. People who showed as kids 20 years ago, or who got off the show circuit 10 years ago just CAN'T prepare you. I know, I've taken lessons from both types."
"But a good many of those trainers-who-don't-ride are out of shape, middle aged women who have grossly inflated views of their own riding ability from BITD and their ability to train students. One talented student in 10 years justifies their entire approach, and they bilk MANY beginners every year. Maybe if they'd hopped on a horse once in the last 20 years they'd have had to think about what they were quoting from their old Pony Club days."