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        05-26-2010, 10:54 AM
      #21
    Foal
    I would have had ot make a joke about it. Maybe hang a sign up that said
    Wonderfull Horse
    For Sale She
    Loves Everyone.
    but me!
         
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        05-26-2010, 11:17 AM
      #22
    Pro
    Weanling
    ^^Would have been funny!^^
         
        05-26-2010, 11:19 AM
      #23
    Banned
    I agree that horses should be properly prepared for a show before they go. But come on people, you have to start some where.
    Most people do not have a PA system at home so they do not know their horse is going to freak out the first time the PA makes noise, etc. (Learned this little tid bit this weekend. Sigh.)


    I love the comparison to high school.
    I would guess the looks were as just as much because the horse was making a scene (in their opinion), not only because you were giving the horse a correction.
         
        05-26-2010, 11:31 AM
      #24
    Trained
    Have to agree with correcting the horse. And, frankly, I don't give a rats @$$ where I am. If my horse is misbehaving I had better correct it the first time.......in my experience (and at the recommendation of my trainer)it just becomes worse. And for those who say "prepare better"-I would just say that no matter WHAT you do, you can never totally prepare and predict every circumstance. Yes, you can do your best, but %**t happens.

    Most shows I have seen (a) have a "schooling" area-is that not what that is for? Teaching? And (b) if your horse is misbehaving in the arena in front of the judge.....as long as it is something like refusing a fence-I have seen plenty of people get the ok from the judge to try it again. For learning's sake. As long as you are not affecting others performance.

    High school is a great comparison, which is why I no longer show. As I age I have less patience for unnecessary crap.
         
        05-26-2010, 01:15 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    I go to a small horse show sometimes and the horses there are very unruly because everyone is afraid of what other people might think. One horsealmost hurt a person because she started to rear and the owner wouldnt do anything. My friend got tired of it and he told the owner to get off and then he rode the horse and worked with him until he quit.the owner was pretty pissed but at least no one got hurt.
         
        05-26-2010, 02:12 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    I really stopped caring what most people think. If someone thinks I'm abusive for elbowing my horse in the chest or giving a few good yanks to gain his/her attention, it isn't someone I'd want to be associated with anyway. There's a colossal difference between taking a Dressage whip to your horse in the middle of the showgrounds and disciplining a blatantly dangerous animal who's only concern is trampling you.

    I think it's wrong to just assume that every horse can be 110% foolproof trained for a show. You simply don't know how they're going to react before they get there - a LOT of people don't think their calm and well behaved horse will turn into a monster at a show. We just went through this with Justus - she's a well behaved pony, she's hacked out alone with no problems, she's been taken off the property before and gone for a trail ride with other horses. But when we took her to the charity ride in May, the sheer volume of it overwhelmed her. She was screaming almost the entire time, and ignoring who was around her. Obviously Shay-la got in her face about it, and spent some time lunging her to get her focused, which worked, but we were quite surprised that she acted that way. She was a doll once the ride got underway and completed it in fine style, but how exactly do you prepare a young horse for being suddenly surrounded by hundreds of strange horses and people?

    We set her up for success by making her training solid enough that it only took a few exercises to bring her attention back to us, but that doesn't necessarily stop a horse from being momentarily distracted.
         
        05-26-2010, 05:06 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    What you did was right. I certainly would have done it, because if in any time a horse becomes a threat to others, it MUST be disciplined. They ARE powerful animals and can kill a human without even realising it. That is why horses must be told when they are becoming a threat so that they don't go so far as to hurting someone.

    These people who think a horse has to be perfect at a show and think that if someone so much as raises their voice to a horse scream "animal abuse" need to get their heads read. Yes, there are people out there that unnecessarily hurt/scare their horses. But they mustn't just assume that if a person is smacking their horse it is classified as abuse.

    People must just learn to assess the situation. If they can't do such a simple thing and think bad things of you, to heck with them. What you did was maybe even for their safety, and if they don't realise it that is their loss. Do what you think is right and don't be concerned about what other people may think of you. That's just their problem, not yours.
         
        05-26-2010, 07:58 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    You wont get away from people that judge you anywhere, including the horse world. I would agree that you did the right thing in telling the horse his behaviour was unacceptable and trampling you was not an option...this applies anywhere anytime, wether there is people around or not. You shouldnt be concerned with people that call this abuse or whatever some people come up with (unless you were just standing there beating this horse, that's different lol)... but doesnt sound like it! Don't worry about what others think. Its those people you want to stay clear of anyways! I think that everytime and everwhere you are handling a horse, your training it. It doesnt matter age, training level etc...so you did the right thing.
         
        05-27-2010, 12:08 AM
      #29
    Started
    The horse should be prepared in a way where he does not feed off negative energy...meaning stressed horses. He looks to US for guidence and he tunes into US, not the other horses around. If he acts up, it's not bad manners, it's him acting like a prey animal. He should not be punished for acting like what he is. It's up to the handler to be able to read what happens before what happens, happens...and to nip scared/snotty behavior in the bud before it gets bad.
         
        05-27-2010, 10:53 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Regarless of what people think if the horse is misbehaving and is not corected right then it is teaching the horse that his misbehaving is ok. The owner probably wont have a chance to corect that later at home becouse at the show was where it was misbehaving.
         

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