Originally Posted by Arksly
I understand if the horse is moving quite a bit but the horse took one little step back. Like maybe half a foot, if that.
I'm somewhat lenient (sp?) with my horse moving. A little bit is acceptable, I know that it can get tiring standing still for a long time. What if he was just regaining balance? I see no harm in that.
If a horse is dancing around then I understand a firm growl or maybe a quick jerk on the halter.
Yes, but have you ever dealt with a problem horse? For them to understand the boundaries you've laid out, you need to make it black and white for them. They don't understand "okay prance around a little bit" or "okay just this time". If I'm dealing with a horse who dances around in the cross ties, I nip it in the bud right away, meaning I expect him to stand still - even moreso than I expect from a horse who isn't an issue. If you allow the behaviour until they are really making a fuss, and THEN correct them, it is going to take a heck of a lot longer to get the behaviour under control, if at all. If it's made crystal clear from the start that they are not expected to move, period, and they are corrected for doing so and praised for standing still, they're going to get the point.
This is the point I believe WG was trying to make. You don't know this horse's history - I'm not condoning what the handler did or how she dealt with it, I wasn't there. However if it is a horse who tends to misbehave in the crossties, then yes, if he moves at *all* I will correct it.