Just curious to see everyone's reasons on why they pat a horse...
Personally, I will never pat my horse, I will stroke them, or pet them. I want my horse to learn that any pressure whether it be constant pressure or inconstant pressure means something and not "you did good". I have yelled at many many people that have came up to talk to me, then started patting my horse. My mare could care less, I'm sure you could stab her with a pen and she'd give you the "I love you" look but my gelding (and my other horses), you pat him and he is moving away, trying to figure out what that means.
Just was curious to see what everyone else thinks, I don't think it's right to treat a horse like a dog. We pat a dog, a dog understands that, and yes a horse can learn to understand it, but does not mean they enjoy it.
yes I've definitely seen people after their horse jumped a clear course, literally smack the horse on the side of the neck sayign "YAY GOOD JOB"....if they tried that with my horses they'd probably get offended...and my one would dump the rider.
Even small pats I don't approve of with my horse as I don't think it's right, but that's just me
I always pat Duchess, especially after shes done something well. I don't beat the snot out of her while trying to pat her but its enough to know that the praise and pat means shes doing well! Shes never acted upset at all to it. I personally think she enjoys the praise.
I pat my hores all the time, it doesn't hurt them one bit. It's a reward to them and they know what a pat means. I also rub them and scatch and pet them, but that is more out of affection than job well done.
I dont pat, and I hate my hubby does it, usually his pat is pretty rough, and they get , a skittish like they have to move over, or they have done something wrong, I scratch, and rub....I tell everyone who has to pat...save it for their horses...:)