Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa
1. To the person who vehemently disagreed with my methods
you are not me. You are not in my situation and you are not putting yourself in this particular situation. I have experience with stallions, this method, and it works for me. I think when people think of laying a horse down they think of incredible cruelty to an animal and when done properly it is just the opposite.
As there were a few who didn't appear to agree with how it sounded, me being one of them, not sure who this is directed to, but on my part at least... I appreciate that we all have different experiences & attitudes, not to mention I wasn't there to actually know the situation & it could have been a lot different to my perception from your post
It's just something that IMO I felt strongly about & sounded like I would have done quite differently myself, on a number of levels. Personally, I understand and am not against the practice of laying a horse like this down, it was the way you described the situation.
2. To the person who suggested treating for unwanted behaviors... |
This is quite honestly how this horse got in this situation. Stallions are DIFFERENT animals than mares and geldings. They must live in a nothing in life is free environment
Didn't read that bit but I suspect that it may have been mistaken. Absolutely & positively would be careful NEVER to treat(I gather meaning reward) unwanted behaviour, not just with a stallion. I think 'nothing in life is free' may not be absolutely necessary for some personalities, but is a valuable principle to keep in mind training any animal. They need to learn clearly & consistently what behaviour works for them & what doesn't... preferably they learn the behaviours that work are those the handler wants!
He still has quite a bit of ground work to go before we will be "hopping on his back" but overall that one session has really changed the mindset of this boy. I do not plan on going back to it again unless he reverts back to his previous bad boy attitude. I'll be sharing a video and uploading a photo of him today working for you all to enjoy :)