Hmmm. Interesting, but, sorry,I am having a really hard time believing that you smacked a horse in the face with what is basically equivalent of a baseball bat. Sorry, but I for one think that, altho you SAY it worked, perhaps it was a bit of overkill. I agree the timing and intent were correct, I just think the "tool" might have been a bit much. Nice story tho.
No, it was not overkill - it was fully warranted and if a horse, dog or person has intentions to really hurt me then I will defend myself.
Importantly it was not done in temper that would not have worked.
Horses like this are exceptional, thank heavens. It takes exceptional treatment to get through to them.
I am all for giving a chance to do things the easy or hard way. This mare was dangerous, she was not threatening she had every intention of mauling me.
If you disagree tell me how you would have dealt with the situation? How would you have got into the field without being hurt? How would you have fed the horses? How would you have caught the mare?
When a professional tells the truth in that not always does 'natural' horsemanship work and that some
horses are beyond normal training then it gets a 'poor horse' reaction.
The owner had to put her fed in a stable and wait until she came in loose from her paddock before shutting the door, treats were always there to try and pacify the mare so in effect she was rewarded for extreme behaviour.
I do not like using force, I want a horse to work with me. To start the boundaries are tight and as trust builds so the boundaries are widened.
My forte in the horse world has always been with 'difficult' horses. I have learned to read them, I have an understanding for when ill behaviour is from a discomfort/pain issue and will sort that out. I work for relaxed, uncomplicated behaviour.
I go for the three 'Fs' - firm, fair and fun. I am consistent with the minor things like manners and have a yard full of contented horses that know the boundaries and rules, learned from training with the three Fs.