While researching positive training methods, aka occulant training, I kept thinking "But what about HORSES?"
It made sense that it could work for on the ground, and maybe in the saddle if the trainer knows how to do it properly. But problem horses? No way. There's no possible way someone with a clicker and a sharp mind could get a horse to stop trying to kick you in the face.
While looking for hard evidence to my point (I'm writing a paper on the subject), I found this. Problem Horses - Rapture Ridge Equestrian Center (Don't bother reading the whole thing unless you want to. I just skimmed. The spacing is terrible and its really long anyway.)
Endostick training?? That sounds like BS to me. She claims farther down that she got horses that wanted to hurt her to stop simply by tapping them in really specific places. She CLAIMS it works. I have found no other articles concerning training a problem horse without force.
I also found on Ultimate Dressage the following quote by a user:
*A comment on a video posted showing this woman training kids to ride using the sticks* "Remember going to the doc and being hit in the knee with a rubber mallet? You kick. Now, would that help a soccer player learn to kick his ball? A russian folkore dancer to dance? While this is no rubber mallet, it is still a form of reflexology and it does not teach the horse to listen to the rider and it does not teach the rider to communicate with his horse as a whole being. I guess that is much more difficult - It effectively remove the partnership out of riding."
Hmm. What do YOU think? And do you have any articles to back it up? I would loooove that.