Another thread to to invoke rational thought.
Every horse is an individual with their own personality and perception of thenselves and their environment.
If that is truly the case then can anyone "train" a horse or "break" a horse without first understanding their society, their language and who they are as an individal??
One step further== How can one believe that they can sucessfully "train" or "break" a horse without establishing a discernable method of communication between the individual horse and the carnivore human??
Understanding the huge leap of faith that a prey animal must take to offer respect and trust to a predator--and yes that's what we are--how can we violate or ignore that leap??
It is what it is.
Most predators--thats us humans--think that we determine what the individual horse should be--"He will be a cow horse", "she will be a champion reiner", "my horse will be a good trail horse" etc.
Another way of thinking: Help the horse adapt and understand what it takes to live in the world of the human and provide them the tools and skills necesary to "be all that they can be'!!
If you provide an environment that does this and , at the same time, encourages them to be what they are, is this not the best way???
The only thing that is required is basic and simple. If you own or train horses then every chioce needs to include this basic idea.
Remember its us humans that have butted in and forced the horse to change and comply with our ideas and beliefs. Who to breed to, live in a
Box, do what I say, eat unnatural things ( sack feed) the list just goes on and on.
Understand this and you will have a better understanding of what the word "respect" means to a horse.