I'm wondering if anyone has ever dealt with a situation of witnessing a person inflicting 'discomfort' to a horse by using a large stick?
I will give you an idea of what was witnessed:
A person, with a (what looked to be) sawed-off hockey stick, whacking a blanketed gelding over the back with it at least three consecutive times. Horse was pinned against a fence, ears back, obviously feeling distressed.
I know, I know, some of us have been in a position one time or another when we've wanted to bonk our buddies once or twice with a big stick, but we often resort to measures which are more acceptable .
My concern is that the measure that this person took to punish/communicate/discipline her horse was inappropriate given that NO horse communicates this way, ever, under any circumstance.
This person is also in a position of authority/leadership to LEAD by EXAMPLE to our youth, as well as a team member in our horse community. This act could have been witnessed by anyone ... and that could jeopardize so much; our community club, ourselves, our children, our horses...
What would you do?