I really liked Aimee’s post the other day on what pictures/information are appropriate to share online. I started writing out a comment but realized I had more to say! So here goes.
I walk in kinda a gray area where I don’t often share names or specifics (you’ll notice that I usually say Trainer and Assistant Trainer instead of calling them by name), but you could probably easily figure out who I ride with by spending 5 minutes looking through my blog. Between logos and barn names and shows and things like that, it isn’t a huge secret.
So because I’m not entirely anonymous (and by extension, my trainer and barn are not entirely anonymous), I feel a big responsibility to keep things civil and reflecting well on the business. Anything that could even potentially be construed as negative towards my trainer or her business does not go on the blog. Period.
This has been super easy for me- I adore my trainer and my horse gets fantastic care. But even if this were not the case, my personal blog would not be my forum to express dissatisfaction. As Aimee said, so much of horse professional’s businesses are built on word of mouth. Their image directly correlates to their income and I decline to be the reason someone I work with loses business.
When it comes to other people on my horse, that will be a new puzzle for me. Up until now very few people have hopped on Frankie or Addy so this has been a non-issue. A few friends have sat on them and I’ve asked their permission to share cute shots before posting.
Moving forward, Francis is in training and I will get the opportunity to get some pics of him going with my trainer and assistant trainer. And I’m so excited to document that! It’s a serious pleasure to see him go with such talented riders.
BUT. These pictures will be shared ONLY after being cleared with Trainer or Assistant Trainer. In general I will also offer these images to them to use as example of training rides (they’re active on FB and frequently update the website). If they wouldn’t be comfortable sharing it themselves, then I will not share it.
If my trainer posts something, then she is willingly and knowingly opening herself up to criticism. If I post something of/about my trainer, she has not signed up for that criticism.
I’ve been extremely lucky in my year and a half of blogging: no crazies have darkened my doorstep. The comments I’ve gotten have been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging and supportive and I love it! My hope is that this continues.