Originally Posted by Shawneen
I'm sorry but that ISNT punishment - it is neglect and inhumane treatment. Chingaz google the attention span of a horse. Keeping them from their food ISNT a punishment and whoever taught you that is dead WRONG. You should print some stuff out and prove to them they are wrong. Horses depend on us to care for them since they are not in the wild and can't graze on their own. It is our duty as horse owners to care for them. You cannot control the mind of a horse, let alone any other living thing - so they will act up sometimes. The answer is confidence and trust between the horse and rider. Once you achieve that you will go far. How can your horse trust you if you starve him? Naturally horses graze 16 or 18 hours a day - obviouslly they don't get that being penned up so they need the correct amount of feed per day. I don't see how withholding food from him would make it better, I would think it would make the situation worse, he would be hungry and only want to eat. Don't you get a bit cranky when you are hungry?
End of rant... Sorry, but this is the silliest thing I have heard of. You are young and you need to educate yourself before you believe anything someone says - including those of us on the board. Google is a useful tool.
Thank you for this - I was sitting here shaking my head and trying to formulate an intelligent response to what was said.....
OP, I know you love your horse and that you do want what is best for both of you. I think, though, that you may not be in the best position to make those determinations yourself - BOTH of you would benefit greatly from some assistance (professional). Also, I think that until you get a firm grasp on the basic things that will help prevent events like today you need to slow-down and backtrack a bit in your work with Chinga. Focus on the ground work and the basics at a walk. When, and only when, you are at 100% at one speed you move up a speed. I know that riding is incredibly exciting and just walking about the field is not the most fun on horseback, but it is those building blocks that create a well balance horse and rider.