The part that really made me mad though was that my horse wasn't doing anything to harm someone or put someone in danger. It also wasn't just a poke. She pressed the metal part of the hoof pick into the side of my horse's butt for a good 10 seconds, just because he wouldn't move over fast enough. He trying to rear and was dancing around with a terrified look in his eyes. I guess I should have also added in my description that my horse hadn't been worked with very much for about a year.
Perhaps you could clear this up a bit for me?
He hadn't been worked with for about a year, was put in cross ties for the first time, was scared but not endangering anyone. Right?
And was he dancing around and trying to rear BEFORE or AFTER the trainer applied continuous pressure using the metal end of the hoof pick?
There is an effective training method to use pressure until you get the desired result. The release is the reward. Get a horse to yield by using pressure, stop a horse by using pressure, back a horse using pressure, ect.
Did you think that your horse was flinching from your touch because he was still scared? Hadn't been worked for almost a year, suddenly he is put into a new situation, and is terrified. It takes a bit to settle a scared, terrified horse down and may still have been in a strong flight mode when you were patting him.
I worked a horse years ago that had been both mentally and physically abused by a whip. Who did it, I will never know, she had changed owners countless times before. If she saw a whip, she freaked out and went bonkers, she also had thin, straight scars across her rump. Whoever had beat her had to have been on the ground when they did it. THAT is cruel and abusive!
What your trainer did may not have been what you would have wanted. But at the same time, what would you have done in the same situations? Yank on the reins (harsh on their mouth) to stop them from walking off while mounting? Perhaps if you were really patient, you could continually step into and out of the stirrup until the horse stops walking forward. There are other methods too, but they take lots of patience and the trainer may have been looking for the quickest result.
The exact situation leading up to the trainer using a hoof pick, I am not quite understanding. There seems to have been a lot of things going on. What part of the metal end of the hoof pick did she use? Most hoof picks I am familiar with are rounded like a giant fish hook. So if it was pushed straight into a horse's rump there is no point of any kind, and is blunt but hard. Posted via Mobile Device