Originally Posted by themacpack
To add - the best thing to do if that were the case would be to do the horse a favor by working with them to overcome that.
of mine are afraid of my various whips, crops and bats. I can rub the horses all over with them, even on their faces.
If I'm in the saddle and the horse needs correction, he'll get tapped. That's far
from being abusive.
Citing the Native American warriors as being gentle with their horses? Please, don't make me laugh! They didn't have time to baby their animals and play the "Touch the Booty" or "Porcupine" games with them. The animals had to be trained quickly, and that meant some pretty rough handling.
Waxing poetic about the 'natural' methods used by the NAs is nothing but a Disney fairytale.