Originally Posted by Cherie
I guess I look at things a lot different that one person with one horse does.
Frankly, I don't care how the last person that had a horse did something. I don't care if they set or threw a saddle on. I don't care if the horse stood like a well mannered horse should for either approach or if he freaked out and tried to run off. What he did before is not going to influence what he is going to learn in my care.
I have had horses attack me, try to kick or paw me, run over me, rear up and throw themselves over, buck like a PRCA rodeo bronc and about anything else a spoiled horse can do, so I treat them all like they might do any of the above and just go from there. A horse's history is just that --- HISTORY. It does not shape its future if a person is competent. It is just a starting place.
Oh it most certainly influences what the horse will learn when I handle it. In the case of throwing a saddle on or cinching too tight too quickly, there is some untraining that needs to be accomplished.
Horses never forget - but they do forgive. Even though the issue was not my fault, I work to get the horse to forgive the action - and thus gain their cooperation and respect.
Knowing why helps to proceed more quickly than playing guessing games. That is why I ask.