Im training my weanling using monty's methods, and in the short time ive had him ive already been told what feels like a million times im doing things wrong. Today really got me down, I was walking my weanling around the yard on his dually and line, practicing getting him to walk so his nose was near my shoulder, and taking a lot of time to let him investigate all the scary things around the yard. We wernt in a rush, I was wearing my hard hat and gloves, and for an 8 month old baby he was doing really well. We came back to the stable fronts, and the surface changed to a rougher rubble which suprised my baby and he stopped and said he couldnt possibly walk on this, so i let him have a good sniff, and take his time, only correcting when he went backwards using the dually. He was snuffling at the stones and looking calmer when another livery came over and instead of a greeting came out with "youre leading him wrong you need to stand by his shoulder otherwise you'll get kicked", i said im training him to walk with his head at my shoulder, and she just looked at me like i was stupid. Then she proceeded to get behind my baby and start slapping his buttocks and going get on boy get on with you and pushing against him. So ofcourse my baby got completly afraid and decided not to budge, he could feel my tension towards this woman and dug in his heels. I straightened his dually and rubbed him between the eyes, speaking softly and reasuring him that we have plenty of time, i know you'll walk forward since its the nicest option but if you need a minute thats ok too, and this stupid woman just stood there badgering me to move him on and get some sense into him, and after a few more minutes when he walked relaxed over the stones she seemed to believe it was down to her slapping and lecturing me.
So my question is (sorry about the long rant) how do you explain to people, who really are very interfeering, that you do things differently. I just said to her im training him natural horsemanship and she rolled her eyes and lectured some more. Nobody at the yard will give me a break, not just with the leading and training but even in his stable. Its like they see an opportunity to target the owner of a new horse (even though ive previously trained many horses) and instill their oh so wonderful wisdom. I have people problems not horse problems, but my baby picks up on it and its ruining my fun with him, im constantly trying to avoid running into all these people. Any advice how i can get rid of their interfeerance/ explain? Obvioustly results will speak wonders but it will take time with my baby.