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        04-05-2010, 12:34 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Oh please roro and dressage - really? So you don't praise your horse and get that amazing feeling when you and your horse ride a great dressage test?

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    I love that moment where the rider at the point in time of the vid, gives her horse praise for a job well done! That's team work right there! Just makes me realize I need to do that more with Nelson - I am so proud of him, but I don't show it enough.

    I tell him all the time - but as the old saying goes "Actions speak louder than words"
         
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        04-05-2010, 12:45 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Oh please roro and dressage - really? So you don't praise your horse and get that amazing feeling when you and your horse ride a great dressage test?

    ~~~

    I love that moment where the rider at the point in time of the vid, gives her horse praise for a job well done! That's team work right there! Just makes me realize I need to do that more with Nelson - I am so proud of him, but I don't show it enough.

    I tell him all the time - but as the old saying goes "Actions speak louder than words"
    Of course I praise my horse! I just don't get all choked up when I see someone else patting their horse for doing a good round, that's all.
         
        04-05-2010, 02:37 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Oh please roro and dressage - really? So you don't praise your horse and get that amazing feeling when you and your horse ride a great dressage test?
    Are you kidding? Honestly. I said it didn't make me cry, nowhere did I imply I do not praise my horse. Since I praise my horse often in the saddle, it is nothing extraordinary for me to watch someone else doing so. Sure, I'm happy and proud of the horse, but I've never cried. I was simply sharing my reaction.
         
        04-05-2010, 01:24 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Something about accomplishment like that when you realize how much work went into it always brings tears to my eyes, only when no one is looking of course!. I get choked up and have to stuff away tears at award ceremonies or my older kid's dance recitals, when I know how many years of effort went into it.
    Very embarrassing. But for me that is the trigger, knowing the sacrifice that is behind the happy moment of accomplishment. I am only a trail rider and I loved watching that video.
         
        04-05-2010, 02:01 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Its really nice the way she did it but I didnt choke up about it:/ I always pat Oscar after he saves my a** or if he did something good so its second nature to me(:
         
        04-05-2010, 03:31 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Thats a cool video ! It didnt make me cry though. I hated the part where she's basically slapping her horses neck, they don't like that at all.
         
        04-05-2010, 03:43 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    It certainly didn't make me cry. I don't do eventing, but to me that person wasn't *petting* the horse, she was slapping him. I know that her intent was not to slap him though. It was a good intention but I don't know if it came across that way to the horse. I agree with Wallaby, I don't think that horses recognize that as praise.
         
        04-05-2010, 03:45 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    thats a cool video ! It didnt make me cry though. I hated the part where she's basically slapping her horses neck, they don't like that at all.
    There was another rider earlier on in the video that patted their horse softly. I have to agree with gypsygirl. I actually flinched when she took her hand so far out to pat... I'm sure the horse new it was praise though, because they are a team. It was an interesting video but it made me even more "anti-eventer" then I was before.

    AND BEFORE YOU ATTACK:
    When I say anti-eventer, I mean it for me personally and I mean it because those types of jumps scare the crap out of me.
         
        04-05-2010, 09:39 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Horses are quite intelligent enough to know the difference between a "good boy slap" and a "Bad boy slap"

    Our body language is quite different between the two, and the energy emitted from our bodies are quite different as well.

    When we are angry and smack our horse, our voices are different we are angry and emitt "angry, frustrated" energy. Our whole body language is saying "Naughty"

    Where we are happy, such as the rider on the back of this horse, is elated. Her heart beat is emitting that, her energy is emitting that, there is probobly a big smile on her face and her body language is saying "Good boy"

    Horses are alot smarter than some like to admit. I am quite positive, that horses know the difference between a "good boy smack" and a "bad boy smack"
         
        04-05-2010, 09:44 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Next time you have a lesson you should ask your trainer to give you a few good happy slaps and see how it feels. It doesnt matter what emotion you are wanting to send, if you are slapping I doubt your horse will get the picture.
         

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