Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
You teach the horse to back up. Okay. Vague, so I'm going to make a few assumptions. I am going to ASSUME that you need to allow the horse to step on it's lead rope. I am going to ASSUME that then, you ask the horse to back up and step off the lead rope.
Again, if my ASSUMPTIONS are correct, how are you doing something entirely different than what we are doing? We allow a horse to step on it's lead rope, and then come release it. The only difference I see is a pompous attitude and a belief that you somehow have better training methods and better trained horses than anyone else.
No one to my knowledge has said to let it drag a lead rope for "hours." I let mine wander and graze for maybe an hour WITH ME THERE THE WHOLE TIME, it's just a matter of waiting until they get stuck. If they get stuck in ten minutes, they only drag the lead for ten minutes. If they manage to go an hour before stepping on it, the drag it for an hour.
Also, just in case you were curious, if a horse gets caught in a fence line, he can't just back up and get free. It anything, teaching a horse to MOVE when it's stuck is going to make it worse, whereas our standpoint is teaching it to STAY STILL AND WAIT for help.
I will say again, I am as confident as anyone can be when it comes to horses that both my girls will remain CALM and STILL if they are ever so unfortunate to get caught up in anything. Are you that confident?
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 11-13-2012 at 12:34 AM.