Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Robert Dover said, "If you got hit (with a crop) if you went someplace, would you WANT to go there?"
I'm a hothead, but I've gotten more out of my horses with "good job" than with a crop. Yes, when I have to retrieve feeding buckets, and I'm in my flippy-floppies, I DO carry a crop 'cause I like my toes un-bruised. Still, I knew my horses were listening well many years ago, when I saw my students flipping the crop up to use it and my horses would respond beFORE they used it. It's that peripheral vision that they have, ya know.
OH, one more thing, a story. I was keeping my 8yo OTTB in a stall when I first got him. He didn't listen to me, so I yelled at him. He was facing towards me, stall door open. He wheeled around and kicked the other part of the stall SO FAST, that I didn't realize what had happened until my heart stopped racing. I also realized that it could have been my HEAD instead of the stall. Food for thought. You CAN control your moods. If you were asked to do so with a gun to your head, I am SURE that you would. Don't depend upon any meds. Your body will fight them and they won't work after awhile.
Last edited by Corporal; 08-14-2012 at 01:31 PM.