01-26-2012, 02:11 AM
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I'm not against doing lungeing groundwork and respect work on baby horses and yearlings. But for christ's sake you don't lunge them into the ground. You teach them to yield and give you their attention, desensitize, start teaching them to move off of pressure, etc. I've shown two year olds before, won some ribbons, and never once had to get on their back before they were of riding age and I never worked them into the ground either. You can accomplish SOOO much just going slow, without even breaking into a trot with young'ns. You could be teaching them softness, and how to move off gentle pressure and become responsive. There is never a reason to ride a young horse into the ground.
I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I hope you find a better situation than that soon...With a good trainer who actually knows how to train.