Originally Posted by jaydee
Its how they should be - I hate bad mannered horses, they are so dangerous without even meaning to be because no one seemed to think it mattered to start from the ground up. I like them to have a character but that doesn't mean they can by downright rude. Too many cranks out there with stupid ideas and too many people who think that horses can be played with like a pet dog or have the same feelings and mind as a human and the other sort that confuse respect with fear. That sort of takes us back to the whole whip thing and the lobby of people out there that insist that anyone who carries a whip is some sort of mindless, cruel, sadist.
Yep totally agree. My filly's dead quiet on the ground too! (haven't been on her back yet though)..
My pet peeve is those horses that are handled ALL THE TIME (think commercial operations, racehorses etc) and have dreadful manners because "there isn't time" to teach them good manners... Isn't time? Yeah, right. Because there's not time to insist they stay OUT of your space when you're leading them up. Because there's not time to spend an extra few seconds picking out their feet because you hang on when they try to snatch them away. It's not THAT hard, and it doesn't take long :/
Edit to add; this mare I'm working with raced and then pretty much went straight from racing to her owner's place to be handled by a 14yo who has NO IDEA what groundwork is, or how to insist on good manners when leading even... geeze there is a REASON their nearly 3yo gelding rears and strikes out and kicks and bites, and that's because of a complete lack of RESPECT.