Hey everyone, I'm kind of flustered lately.. because my friend has a horse that she is training so she can sell him. The reason she has to sell him is because apparently he misbehaves and is too dangerous. To me, it seems like he is completely confused.
Okay, I will start from the top.... Her horse is a 5 yr old Qh gelding. He is great on the ground(most of the time), but he has troubles with rider on back. One day when I was watching my friend work with him, she just flew up on him bareback with just a halter... this is a green broke horse, and to me it seems dangerous. She was cantering around on him bareback with halter in the ring and she was screaming and going ahhhhhhh!, even though she had asked the horse to canter. She was trying to show me how well behaved her horse was by laying on him, as he is trotting.. and bouncing around screaming and shouting. I looked at her horse, and he was completely confused... he's eyes looked wild and he was prancing around with little rears. I was like... "Your not doing him any good by acting like you know nothing... it's be the same throwing a beginner on him." She was like, "he knows what im doing, I do it all the time."
She asked me if I wanted to lead him around a bit, and lunge him. I was like sure. So, I took his lead line and walked him around. My friend said that if his nose ever was in front of my shoulder I was supposed to smack him really hard in the chest. The way I have grown up around horses and trained... I was told to walk beside the horses shoulder and keep in stride with them... My friend told me to try stopping.. she said that her horse had to stop right when I did. So, I stopped.. guess what.. so did her horse.. he stopped the exact second I did. My friend said.. "Smack him." I'm like "Why? He stopped when I stopped." She was like "No, his nose is in front of your shoulder.. smack him".
When I refused to smack him, she came over and smacked him. O.o Her horse jumped back, confused. Does this make sense to any of you?? When the horse does something bad, he gets smacked... when he does something good, he gets smacked... no wonder it is impossible to get him to listen!
She hired a so called "professional" trainer to come in... ughh!! To get the horse to stop, he said you have to pull his head all the way around to touch his side... you keep pulling till he stops. He thinks he is to go in a circle so he does... The trainer said to ALWAYS pull to the side not straight... O>o
Whenever I see my friend work with her horse, all I can see if confusion... she doesn't do any good for him..
I really love her horse though, and I want to buy him, if my theory is correct, I believe with proper training, he would be a great kids horse. He is very well behaved and patient on ground, so I think he is awesome.
Could I have your guys' opinions..
I do the total opposite of what my friend does training wise...
Which way is correct??