So the other day I went over to a friends house and, her cousin was their. We used to go to school together and he so loved me. And if you know me, you know that I am not a boy fanatic. I prefer my Gelding. Anyhow some how we started talking about horses and I asked him, What breed is your horse? He said he didnt know, So I said, how tall is he, he said he hadnt measured him in a while. So I asked, how old is he and he said he didnt know... I then laughed and said " I know my horses, weight, breed, age, and height" (I was then accused of being a stalker by my friend ) But to me, I assumed EVERYONE know their horses breed at least! I then told "Unanimous" (Thats what Im going to call him) that I finally got a horse and he said "You even know how to saddle a horse" ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? Of course I do!
Then I went on to tell him that my rescued horse used to rear, buck, throw his head, bite, and kick and that when I started doing ground work with him that it all kind of dissolved and now he comes when I call, I can ride him bareback, and do pretty much anything I want with him. (By then my friend kinda got left outa the conversation as she isnt too horse friendly) Then Unanimous said he didnt believe me and I said I don't care. Then he asked "your horse was trained when you got him, like broke right?" and thinking it over in my head I said sure... (He was pretty close to UN trained when I got him if you ask me) And he said "Well when I got my horse he wasnt trained and sometimes you have to... he trailed off so I said you have to what? He ignored me so I asked him again and he said you have ABUSE your horse to train him!
This was a shocker to me as, when I first seen my horse the first thing I noticed was his eyes, they were sad, and hurt, and sorta dead. And I told myself that he was going to get as much love as a 5 year old Arab could. When I brought him home I rode him a few times un-succesfully as he wandered around mad and dead to the world so I kinda gave up on riding and fattened him up and spent hours on end grooming and loving on him. Finally when he was fattened up I took him out on a REAL ride, like not just around the property but like out on a trail and nearing then end he bucked me off... This was my last straw, he was stubborn and so was I so, ground work time here I come! And with ground work, filled with love and respect for him, not abusing him he has became a better horse and has gave his trust to me. He is now happy to go riding and his eyes seem filled with all the knowledge and love in the world (:
I trained him with love and here this kid is telling me that you have to ABUSE your horse to train them!?!?!? This made me like way mad as I have always had strong feeling on this subject and to hear him say this was like punching me in the stomach. Here, in the South, Its Okay to: leave your horse outside in the 19 degree snowy weather without a blanket. Its okay to leave your dog tied up to a chain his whole life in the 115 degree humid summers. Its okay to NOT have a shelter for your horse in the rain as, its just a horse! Its okay to buy a puppy and as soon as he isnt as cute anymore you can just dump him out on the road for someone else. Here, its okay to shoot a horse when you don't want it anymore, "hes skinny so shoot em'!" This is only some of the things that bother me, I could rage on about this for forever. When he said you have to abuse your horse to train him the first thing that popped in my mind was "Your horse isnt going to let you ride him cause he trusts you but, he will let you ride him cause he FEARS you... Maybe I am going overboard, maybe it isnt that important... What do you think of abusing your horse as a training method? I am sorry this is so long but... this has bothered me for days now and I wanted to know what all of you horse people say? You have heard me rage on so its your turn (: