Originally Posted by Corporal
Glad I don't own your horse. Do as you will, and stop beating US up bc we want to help.
I don't understand how I
am beating you up? You're the one telling me I have a BAD horse. Sure, he's not perfect. He's obviously got flaws. But I really have no urge to sell him. Despite his issues, I greatly enjoy riding him.
I'm glad you don't own him either, because he has a sensitive reactive personality, and I feel like he would have blown up on you by now via your methods. I've been making great process with him considering it's really a lengthy process to undo 6 years of bad handling from his previous owners, especially when that's all he's ever known. That's not going to be undone overnight. I have no idea if you've ever dealt with a high-strung "bred to run" barrel horse, but they are certainly something different to deal with. I'm not starting on a clean slate here.
You'd send a new horse down the road simply from him testing you a couple times with bucking? For the sake of any new horses you ever purchase, I hope they never make such a mistake. Humans make mistakes all the time; I wouldn't expect a horse never
to make a mistake, especially if they were not taught otherwise in the first place.
That's fine if you don't like CA's tapping method. I feel that it is working great for Red. It's a low stress, productive technique that keeps him calm (most of the time, unless I do need to get after him) which is my goal with most things I do. Sure, I bet my timing could be better, and I bet I could execute it better, but I'm learning here too the best I can.
This is my first time having a nicely-bred barrel horse, and some of them certainly have their quirks
. They've typically got attitude too. Most (of course, not all) good barrel horses you see at the NFR have attitude. That's why they're so gritty and run so hard. One example was Jill Moody's great horse Dolly. The saddle bronc riders would always joke the Jill was a better rider than they were because Dolly could put on quite the bucking show while in the warm up pen. Was she a BAD horse? Maybe. But she was a dang GOOD barrel horse.
Yeah, if I haven't finished my training right, and my horse does something dangerous, I WILL yank him in the mouth. He'll recover. I want to live through the ride so that I can train another day.
I would not call Red finished and never claimed he was. He was green broke at best when I purchased him. So that's another reason why I do not want to yank or kick on him, when he's having an anxiety attack the way it is. He is learning tons, and still has much more learning to go.
Hence why I'm here.
I still don't see why you think you're being attacked. I've just been trying to explain Red to you the best I can, and that I am NOT letting him get away with poor ground manners. My technique is just different than yours.