Originally Posted by Foxhunter
On another forum someone asked about correcting someone's horse.
The great thing was that he never chewed his reins after this incident. His owner, who thought slapping him a good one would make him head shy, learned a valuable lesson in that being firm and fair worked wonders.
I do not care if it is a dog, horse or child or if the owner/parent is present, if they need correcting and those people will not do it, I will. Never nastily, but firmly and fairly.
I recently sent someone a Youtube message as they seemed to think that rope chewing was amusing - likened it to dental floss - the only concern seemed to be that hanging ropes around a paddock fence looked untidy. Completely ignored the fact that the horses were chewing because they were bored or maybe had some mineral deficiency but also had no concept of the dangers of it. Stuff like rope isn't digestible and if it doesn't 'go through' then its going to cause a potentially fatal blockage. I used to go out on calls with a vet friend in the days when most UK practices were mixed so often they didn't have a horse minded vet nurse. We once pulled a whole length of lead rope from a horse that had swallowed as it chewed, the hysterical owner was just hanging on to the clip at the end - she had never seen his chewing as a worry.
I am sick of all this 'I don't want him to hate me if I hit him attitude' If my horses deserve a slap they get a slap and they don't hate me for it, they just know whats expected. Its these spoilt horses that eventually end up in the slaughter yards
Rant for the day. Thank you for listening!!