. Its a really dangerous practice! Health and Safety DOES come into it. I still won't do it with my horses and I don't personally know anyone I have been in contact with in the UK who does this either. The British Horse Society (BHS) who give credibility in the UK to horse management qualifications without which you cannot 'officially' work with horses, does not support this practice. It is 'informal' training and therefore what you wish to do with your own horses is up to you. Good luck.
So what happens when your horse gets caught up in fencing in the pasture? Or some bramble/vines on the trail? You just *hope* you have enough trust with your animal so it doesn't flounce about while you try to rescue it? What about the fencing, where it has an hour or more of time alone to hurt itself trying to get free?
I am 95% confident that if Ricci gets caught up in a fence, she will wait for me to come get her because of her training. Just yesterday, I was riding Gracie in a field and she got her foot stuck in a long vine. Because of her training, she kept her head on and I was able to maneuver her out of it.
If you think your horses would do the same thing because you think it trusts you 100% you are sorely misguided. They are flight animals first. In the wild, they don't wait for the help of the trusted alpha mare, they try to get out. This is precisely why you must TRAIN THEM to handle it when they get stuck.
I agree 100% with Loosie. It is negligent on your part not to do this kind of training. Both my girls know how to ground tie as well. That teaches them to stand, it has nothing to do with training them not to panic. So please tell me, what would YOU do to train your horse not to panic? Don't tell me you wouldn't do it my way because its "unsafe," tell me what YOU WOULD DO. Posted via Mobile Device