I don't have an international scope, nor even a huge american one of the showring.
I do know that the majority of the people at our barn are women (haha), but there are several that are exceedingly rough with our horses. I was helping worm the horses and one particular woman came towards my mare, Skye, with the wormer. She tried yanking her head around, forcing it in her mouth until I got to her. Skye's eyes were just glinting with fight then. Not saying a word, I simply took the wormer and Skye opened her mouth for me after giving me a nuzzle. Oh, aren't I horrible? hehe
i find horses really respond when they have both love and respect, stallions especially. The farm stallion can be insolent and very much king of his world, and I respect his 'studliness' but he does know when its time to work and be serious. Speaking of which, he's now a riding horse!
But from the local class b-A shows I've been to I've seen some very rough women, and some very rough men. But there are some men in our area that when they do do halter, they look so elegant doing it and they are quite kind to the horses. Now I have to get my gears going and start in the halter again...wee...