Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
I believe he said that that "hummingbird" had tried to double barrel him a couple of times the previous day and had been completely running over his owners.
I'm not in favor of cruelty, but a judicious use of that stock whip gets the message across quickly and VERY effectively. When respect and safety are involved, I'm all for fast and effective measures. I have tons of patience on other aspects of training. The humming bird analogy really fails because that handgrenade would obliterate the bird: the lunge whip wont even leave a welt. The horse I'm dealing with will NOT back out of your space with whirling lead ropes, hand gestures, etc. He IS going to experience the grocery bag on the end of the lunge whip and if that doesn't work, he WILL feel the lunge whip. He does have this nasty habit of whirling and kicking out and I want to be well out of range when he does.
I actually feel sort of sorry for him, because I think he's rather lonely and looking for attention. He goes NUTS when we take our horses out of the pasture and the paddock to go riding and he's left all alone. But we have 2 that take up a lot of our time, he's not ours, and feeling sorry for him does not mean that I'm going to extend attention and affection when it's just going to make him even MORE pushy. My God, he's pushy NOW and he doesn't get treats or attention! Once we solve the gate issue and he's standing back and not crowding, then MAYBE I'll show him a little attention. But it will be on my terms: I'll choose the time and place and it will be nowhere near a gate.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Last edited by HagonNag; 06-21-2012 at 06:17 AM.