Just over a month ago I went to trial a horse and upon getting on him and only walking around he started bucking violently and managed to throw me off somewhat decently.
I couldn't figure out why! There was nothing to give him a fright, his teeth were alright, I checked his back and that was fine, checked the saddle fit, checked girth/bridle/legs etc etc and couldn't find anything wrong, so we put it down to him being a young horse out of work for so long and just throwing a dirty one.
BUT, this particular horse was bought by my friends friend, who is very very good at fixing problem horses. She had everyone under the sun out to this horse, chiropractors, vets, dentists, farriers, everything! And couldn't find anything wrong what-so-ever. But in the pictures I saw of the owner working this horse, she had him in draw reins. I asked why only to be told she schools all her horses in them...
Turns out, she mustn't have used them properly because it effected this poor horse substancially(sp?).
What ended up happening, and what had caused the violent bucking nobody could solve, is that in using the draw reins, being FORCED down very tightly with them, had snapped one of his neck muscles. It wasn't a visible effect, but it sure as hell must have been a painful one!
And because of this, the horse ended up being put down because there was nothing that could be done so he would ever be right again.
Hell, that's exactly why I don't use draw reins and all the fancy gadgets, because I haven't been taught to use them correctly!
I'd much rather stick to my own normal reins rather than use something like draw reins when I don't know how to use them, and end up hurting the poor horse! He was one beautiful horse to.
And he was only 9 too.
Any thoughts on this or other training methods gone wrong that you know of?