06-28-2011, 09:20 PM
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Is it just me, or does it seem like the horse in the first video gets spooked towards the woman by someone in the pen, off-frame? Then the trainer goes about trying to piss the horse off, scratching around his butt - why is he allowing the horse to show him his rear end when he's "so aggressive" anyways?
Guy brings him into the pen, wants the horse go go to the right, horse says "no" so the guy gets tangled up in his own line, and says "ok, go left." I cannot stand that he's allowing a dog (predator - heh) to be so underfoot and aggressive towards the horse. Get the dog out of the pen for crying out loud.
I see a confused horse that has NO clue what the man wants, and I don't blame him. I haven't a clue either. He says at 4:37 "I'm going to approach him at the shoulder" and it takes him choking up on the lead until 5:00 to get to the shoulder. I seriously doubt he wanted the horse to keep moving away from him; the horse was confused. I don't see an aggressive horse - I see a confused horse.
Cannot stand that he's constantly getting tangled up in his ropes. I don't understand the NEED for a lariat around his butt except for trying to get a "dangerous" reaction. I understand it fine for desensitization - but not in this context. He wanted a "wow" reaction that he could then "fix" as the horse wound down and realized that the thing squeezing his butt wasnt going to kill him. At 8:09, his lariat is completely tangled with his leadrope.
No siree, not impressed by this "trainer" one bit.
For the record, as soon as you accept a penny for anything, you're legally a "professional." I've seen more crappy horse "professionals" than good ones; just because someone is a "professional" by the Webster definition does not a good trainer make.
Also, for the record, dogs pee in submission. Horses, as far as I know, do not - I've never in my life seen or heard of a horse doing a submissive piddle. They can piss themselves when they're frightened; passing manure and gas (in a relaxed way) is a sign of relaxation when one is working a horse.