controversial stallion training methods
I'm just curious what you all think of methods used by a local trainer to work with her 3 year old stallion. She posted a session on Facebook and a lot of people criticized her. She defends her methods, saying they are tried and true. Essentially, she brought him in an indoor arena with two geldings and a mare. There was a rider on the stallion, but she was instructed to let him do whatever he wanted unless he was going to hurt someone. There were handlers for each of the other horses carrying whips and their job was to "protect" the other horses by sending the stallion away if he approached. The idea, as it was explained, was to recreate a herd environment where a young stallion would be put in his place by other horses. Eventually, the stallion would stop harassing the other horses and behave.
Photos posted included several rears (almost going over backwards), some bucks (rider went flying onto the horse's neck, then on the ground), and various other kinds of rambunctiousness. The rider of the stallion fell off, but did not get hurt. I'll bet she had bruises though!
I don't know how to feel about this, and was curious what more experienced folks thought. I'm not knowledgeable enough to take sides here, but two things occurred to me: 1 - I hope this stallion will not be going to any shows where my 12 year old daughter might be riding because I don't know that she could fight him off (I'm guessing there are rules about having stallions at shows?), and 2 - I fear posting pictures like this might encourage others to imitate her, especially some of the young, impressionable riders she teaches at her stable. She did put up a disclaimer, saying these methods should only be used by a professional horse trainer. But then, she does seem to be getting a kick out of showing these dangerous moves on her Facebook page (she actually said one picture of the stallion rider getting unseated made her "laugh").