wonder why the job of riding instructor seems to attract people like these you have written about on this board? I must admit I haven't come across one like this for years but then I dont ride at a riding school. I have individual lessons with Falcon at the yard where I keep him. If I do have an instructor who is sarcastic, nazi like or whatever, he/she will get a good lashing from my tongue and it wont be very nice. Seriously tho there are a lot of younger people riding at schools and having private lessons at livery yards that I guess some of these power crazed trainers (call them what you will) think they have the right to speak to younger people (or indeed anyone else) in the manner they do. They're the sad, unfortunate ones and tragically, they can never hope to teach anybody to reach any sort of goal (or whatever) in their chosen sport, simply because they're so inadequate and inarticulate themselves. Phew!!!!!