Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
She could be the nicest trainer of students in the world, but I don't hold any respect for her as a rider or horse trainer.
No, a horse doesn't know what training system is being used on it. No, we can't humanize them, but we can't treat them as if they don't feel, either. They do know what makes sense, what doesn't, and what hurts.
Self carriage is difficult, but it doesn't manipulate a horses bones, overstretch their muscles, threaten suffocation, or make them watch the ground as somebody bosses them around for no reason. Training with fear and pushing the body physically beyond what it can do is not humane, even if the horse eventually "becomes used to it" and obliges. Big Lick Walkers can become used to the abuse they are put through and learn to oblige, too. Horses put up with a great deal more than we give them credit for.
So explain to me the need to abuse a horse with misuse of hyperflexion, in a way that benefits the horse, especially when there are other methods that produce better results in a way that doesn't hurt the horse?
*casts a line baited with cheese*
I'm fishing for sense here, but I'm still trying to figure out the right bait.
sing mε a blazing northεrn sky.