I thnik it can be blamed on the marketing trolls at JustRiding (and maybe Horseycatherine's in the UK). They do not give up, even though many of the COTH responders (the real, established forum members) have posted dissatisfaction with JustRiding.
At this point I wouldn't buy custom Parlantis from JR for 80% off, based solely on their sneaky, underhanded attempts to avoid paying ad fees to COTH.
Why not a separate forum for equestrian equipment questions and recommendations? Far more than Parlanti threads are the "tell me your favorite saddle" "talk to me about CWD/Antares/Butet/Pessoa."
I get it might be a little cluttered as it would be a mix of disciplines, but many of the disciplines use similar equipment as us anyways (I'm sure there are event riders out there who are dying to weigh in on our never ending Parlanti discussions. No?)
Just a thought. The threads don't really bother me because I choose not to click on them
I am pretty bummed actually that the only place to really order parlantis from is whatever parent company owns all these sites, and equiport who can't get them quickly. I wanted brown ones, but I am thinking it's not worth it.
Gary doesn't give any sort of kickbacks for positive reviews nor is he a disguised COTHer. And his leathers really are the bees knees. Ask me how I know...
Gary doesn't create multiple fake user accounts and pose as neutral third parties to promote his site on COTH. ACTUAL UNCOMPENSATED NEUTRAL people who are REAL CUSTOMERS post positive reviews because they like his product. That is very different than the owner/employee of a company posing as a customer solely for the purpose of advertising.