Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
This is not halter breaking, there is a difference. The horse is already halter broken. This is for a class, "In Hand" correct me if I am wrong, but there are shows where the horses (warmbloods and such) are shown in hand and required to be absolutely perfect in their obedience to their handler. I have no connection to dressage whatsoever, but even I know that...
I don't see really any unnecessary force... It is a big stallion, possibly going to be used for breeding and in a discipline that demands absolute obedience. Sure they are not tiptoeing through the tulips with him, they are being strict, but I do not see anyone bullying or being mean...
Like Riosdad, I noticed the smack before the command, but it was only microseconds before the person on the lead started moving, it is teaching the horse to move as soon as they see the handler move, not to lag behind even for a second.
Also the horse is not allowed to move and fidget, which is why he got a smack with the whip when he shook his head, it is not allowed.
The smacking at the heels made him stay with the handler, not in front of or behind, but exactly beside...
In hand is 100% discipline, and I think with this type of training, the stallion will be obedient and do wonderfully in hand.
By the way OP, he is gorgeous.
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω
Last edited by Honeysuga; 03-24-2010 at 06:14 PM.