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    05-24-2010, 11:53 PM
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disciplining your horse at a show

I went to a show today with a friend and I looked after a horse she brought, while she showed her other mare. He was rude, pushy, and kept screaming at the other horses. Every time he started stepping on my feet, screaming, swinging his head over mine, circling, etc. I would give him trouble, for example a few sharp fast jerks on the halter, a slap, lunging etc. In no way was I being mean, I was just trying to tell the horse that what he was doing was NOT ok or safe for me or the other horses and people.

It was unbelievable the looks people gave me every time this horse go into trouble. Was it bad what I did?

Is it wrong to discipline a horse like you would at home, at a show?

How do you go about disciplining your horse at a schooling show and gymkhanas?
     
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    05-25-2010, 12:00 AM
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Trained
When I showed I always figured that by the time I got to the show it was too late to be disciplining my horses. I never had horses that behaved like that at a show.
     
    05-25-2010, 12:02 AM
  #3
Green Broke
I would discipline rena the same way I do at home. I have strict rules at shows that she cannot break, I love to show off how easy going and alert to my signals that my horse is at a show. I have the same rules at a show as I do at home. I find when a horse gets pushy or something at a show doing groundwork helps them umderstand ' hey, were in a different place, but I'm still boss mare, and if your nervous I will keep you safe as long as you follow me'. I would be so embarrassed if rena reared, bucked, ran away or did anything like that anywhere we went.
My riding instructor compares it to taking a small child to the mall, don't punish him way to harshly or he willcry, but you wouldn't let him run arround like a spoiled brAt, would you? :)
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    05-25-2010, 12:04 AM
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Weanling
Well, think about sites like fuglyhorseoftheday.blogspot.com. Not that I think this site is bad, but look at what everyone talks about from shows now-- abusive "trainers" that they saw doing something horrible to a horse at a show and how it enraged them. Fugly has a huge following-- now put one of those blog readers at the show today and imagine them seeing you discipline the horse.

You kind of have to deal with the stereotypes, if you are correcting a horse that is being dangerous, I'd say sure discipline him, but also-- why didn't you walk him somewhere where he could be calmer?

I'm not blaming you, I'm just asking from the other perspective. Also, you have to remember that the show world is all about image. Where I'm positive those same people would do the same thing as you at home, they'll talk to their friends about the "abuse" to look better.

You know what I mean? It's all about image. Again, no offense in any way, shape, or form.
     
    05-25-2010, 12:07 AM
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Weanling
Yeah, I also think the horse should be prepared.

The thing is, is this wasn't my horse. I really shouldn't have said I'd take care of him during the show, cause it made me look bad and mean to horses. But at the same time it wouldn't have been nice ending up hurt because I allowed it.
     
    05-25-2010, 12:09 AM
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Weanling
I usually do what I do at home. What you discribed sounds resonable to me. Don't worry about what other people think, some people think you should let a horse do whatever they want and will think you are abusive even if you aren't. As long as you keep yourself and the horse safe you are fine. It's not like you are taking a weapon and hitting him. You are just re-inforcing the rules. If the horse I have is acting up really badly I will even go so far as to give him a swift smack with my hand, more to wake him up then anything.

If it is your horse you can do what you need to, if it is someone elses as long as they are fine with what you are doing then you are all good. :)
     
    05-25-2010, 12:12 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by SeWHC    
Well, think about sites like fuglyhorseoftheday.blogspot.com. Not that I think this site is bad, but look at what everyone talks about from shows now-- abusive "trainers" that they saw doing something horrible to a horse at a show and how it enraged them. Fugly has a huge following-- now put one of those blog readers at the show today and imagine them seeing you discipline the horse.

You kind of have to deal with the stereotypes, if you are correcting a horse that is being dangerous, I'd say sure discipline him, but also-- why didn't you walk him somewhere where he could be calmer?

I'm not blaming you, I'm just asking from the other perspective. Also, you have to remember that the show world is all about image. Where I'm positive those same people would do the same thing as you at home, they'll talk to their friends about the "abuse" to look better.

You know what I mean? It's all about image. Again, no offense in any way, shape, or form.
I posted before I saw this.

The show was at a park that only had a small place that allowed horses, and the whole horse area was full of horses and trailers, plus my friend needed him close because she kept switching between him and the mare for riding. The road was my only other option, but I didnt`t want to try that.

I would have went to a quiet place if I could have.
     
    05-25-2010, 12:15 AM
  #8
Green Broke
SeWHC it's funny that you say that! I was at a show a little while ago and I overheard people gossiping about someone bad horse, then later on that day I heard them gossiping about how some person 'abused'their horse by snapping him with the rope halter... It confused me... So, people are supposed to have perfect horses without telling the horse what is right or wrong? I find the horse world (or at least the dressage world) is a bunch of adults that gossip and shun and hate more then teenage girls who are PMSing. (no offence anyone! I do know a LOT of real adults,and nice people in the dressage world) I think people will always talk, so I let them ;) I do agree with your post though seWHC
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    05-25-2010, 12:22 AM
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Green Broke
^ it's funny that you say that! I was at a show a little while ago and I overheard people gossiping about someone bad horse, then later on that day I heard them gossiping about how some person 'abused'their horse by snapping him with the rope halter... It confused me... So, people are supposed to have perfect horses without telling the horse what is right or wrong? I find the horse world (or at least the dressage world) is a bunch of adults that gossip and shun and hate more then teenage girls who are PMSing. (no offence anyone! I do know a LOT of real adults,and nice people in the dressage world) I think people will always talk, so I let them ;) I do agree with your post though seWHC
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    05-25-2010, 12:45 AM
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Started
Was it a big show or a little show? I often use fun shows/playdays as schooling shows. But I also haul my horses to as many different places as I can before we ever go to a show.

Since this was not your horse, and you were holding him in a confined area, I'd say more power to you. It sucks that he acted that way, but you did nothing wrong. Who knows, maybe the disgust was directed at the horse's behavior and not at your correction of it. (I hope so, anyway.) Personally, if one of my horses acted that way, you bet your left foot I would do the same thing. It might be more effective when you are familiar with the horse, though.

Don't get discouraged. What did the owner say? Did she have a problem with how you corrected the horse? Did she say anything about his behavior at all?
     

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