Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Savvy, a whip and spurs in the wrong hands can do damage, as can a knotted headcollar and a 'carrot' stick.
My horse has a job- she is a working animal. Fear and respect are two different things, and I wouldn't condone anyone that beats their horse's in to submission- however, I do have one question to ask you, and I don't know if Parelli has covered this.
In Parelli's heard, does his lead mare politely ask the others to stop getting in her space, stop trying to get in to lead position and stop nipping at her heels?
I'll answer this how I would: no.
Horses are horses. If I use a whip, leg or spur on my horse, it is not to harm him, it is to REMIND him I am lead mare. I do not have the physical strength of a horse to nail her butt and double barrel her, so I use other things to my advantage (no whip though, can't touch her with one under saddle). IF people use these things correctly, its in no way to harm a horse, it is the equivalent to a herd mare saying 'this is where you go' I am saying 'this is where your feet go ie speed, gait, movement'.