I've been roaming around the site reading different ways on how people deal with their horses. My question to everyone, (I really don't want to make it a who does it better thread) what works for you with training?
I train quite differently than alot of people I know. I also work with mainly rescue horses that have a shady history.
I want my horse to want to be around me and want to please me. I show lots and LOTS of love during training. That, however, is never perceived as weakness. I DO make them respect my space. I'm a firm believer that if a horse doesn't listen on a lead rope, they aren't going to listen under saddle. I've seen people hop on a horse that was a bully on the ground, and it ALWAYS acts up. Their defense is, "they always do this for the 1st 20 minutes".
Here is an example: I was on a trail ride with around 20 other people. 5 were "trainers". This gal (who is also a "trainer") tried taking her green broke horse across water. He dumped her. I sat and watched as 8 people tried to get on him and make him go across. A few even tried leading, but he wouldn't budge and was an a$$ on the ground. One guy had these horrible looking spurs (which I HATE) and actually drew blood. My friend & I had enough. I hopped off my horse and went over there. I took the lead rope they had put on him and walked him around for a bit. I basically gave him a 10 minute session in the field on him moving his feet on my command. Stopped, grabbed his face, started talking and petting around his eyes. I then proceeded to rub down his neck while calming him down. Once I seen his eyes had changed, I got on and went across without a hesitation. I didn't have to kick hard, I just asked and he did. I then got back on my horse. We came back the same way, and guess what happened? Yep...He threw her again. I did the same thing and he went across willingly.
Some might say it's a leader issue with her, but there were plenty of other experienced riders who couldn't make him cross. I honestly believe he KNEW he could trust me, and felt the love.
So what are your thoughts and training techniques. Do you use force, whips, etc. I knew a man years ago who trained with barbwire his horses listened, but were not bombproof. Do you use NH techniques or a combination or non NH methods?