Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Who knows these days
Wow. I just had a conversation with one of my campers (I'm a counselor at an equestrian camp) about her new horse's "training". If you weren't in Michigan I'd expect my camper's "trainer" was the same as the one you met!
The horse is a 3-year OTTB (not an appropriate horse for a 12 yr old, IMO) and is being trained in a twisted wire bit, tie-down, draw reins, and a running martingale. Let me say that NO, I have not seen the horse, so obviously it could be exaggerated, but this is what I was told. Apparently they put something new on every time he acts up. According to another camper who rides at the same farm, the horse's mouth is bloody after every training "session". It made me pretty sick to my stomach, and I gave the camper's mom my own trainer's number. I really don't understand the point putting tons of equipment on a horse in training.
“Thoroughbreds are the best. They’re lighter, quicker and more
intelligent. The best of any breed is the Thoroughbred horse, the best
of that breed is better than any other breed." - George Morris