On another forum there is a slightly older chap who has labelled his horse as 'dangerous', now knowing his background and history, we've helped him in any way we can, but this made me fume! One poster said please please lunge the mare before you ride her, until she's dripping with sweat sort of thing. I joked and said make sure she's white with it.. and this is the response from one person!
'Erm sweat dripping off of her? To me that's abuse and the bad end of the scale of 'dominance'.
And then I happened to mentioned just because a horse is sweating or a bit lathered doesn't mean its not just working, it might just be working correctly. IMO lunging is a fairly intensive excercise for horses. I also put that comment made my day!
Lungeing and sweating a bit - ok. Running a horse's butt off for kicking you (caused by your lack of prevention in the first place) is fine with me (correction). But lungeing a horse til its 'dripping with sweat and white' as you said for teaching and training? (Direction) Wow. Bet a horse loves that. Such fun for a horse. Glad I made your day. Have you made Duffy's day yet by gettting her dripping with sweat and white yet?
Because I work my horse and she sweats, and lathers between her hind legs, bridle area and by her numnah on occassion does not mean I'm being cruel to her, it means she is /working/, she's a /sports horse/ not a happy hacker.
Okay, fume over. I think.