hitting a horse?
I wasnt sure where to post this but hopefully you guys can help me out here. I have been taking lessons for a little over a year. I am currently half leasing a horse at a nearby stable, where they also train horses. Now I haven't been exposed to a lot of trainers and instructors but some of the instructors I cam across would slap or hit the horse, yell at it, etc, which at first shocked me, but then they explained that the horse is big and barely feels it and you need to show dominance or else they would walk all over you (not literally) I didnt really like that but I kin dof understand it. Now the trainer at the barn I lease at is extremely physical with the horses. He hits them sooo hard and I've seen him kick the horses several times. One time my horse wouldnt move so he kicked him in the rear pretty hard. I love all animals and I am outraged that this would be considered "normal" in the horsey world. Isnt there a way to train them based on trust and respect rather than by fear an bullying? How can a horse trust you when you hurt it?:( can someone explain to me how common or normal this is?!