READ THIS, READ THIS - DON’T SWITCH OVER - YET
Some of the viewers who read this thread will take one look and think: “What on earth is the silly old Duffer asking for now? Well there is as usual some method in my madness. Many of us have contributed to a thread entitled Anger & The Carrot or the Stick”. The thread drifted a bit but essentially much of the subject radiated around the methods of control and treatment of horses either with a soft touch alternatively with the stick. In this new thread I am pursuing the soft touch.
In simple terms I am asking whether we can play on the emotions of a horse to get our own way with them. We manage it with humans and dogs, can we do it with horses?
I have found there are for many horse owners a number of trusty fallback scenarios which the traditional horse owner relies upon:
When the horse is slow to go forwards, one kicks it in the ribs and digs in the spurs.
If the horse does something incorrectly then one whacks it with a stick
If the horse resists, then it is said to be lazy.
& If it finds its way round an enforced behavioural response, then it is being disrespectful of the master.
The horse can't answer back but for the rider there is always an excuse, invariably followed by a display of force or a threat,
A horse can readily be judged: lazy disobedient, sly, disrespectful, Often there will follow some
Form of chastisement or maybe verbal justification for the rider‘s inability to get the horse to perform as the rider expected. It is nearly always the horse’s fault - or so we are led to believe.
Is there another way?
I never have to chastise my two dogs. OK, they are not exactly held on a tight leash. But I don’t raise my hand, with or without a whip, to them ever. A loud voice is enough chastisement for bad behaviour
- not that they do that much wrong. Usually my problem is that they never want to leave my side. I can’t get out of the house without a dog getting to the door before me. They know what I am thinking of doing before I move to do it. And if I call my dog by name, mostly the called dog comes by. Mostly.
Dogs have four legs, a tail and a mouth full of teeth. So do horses.
My dogs howl in distress if I leave them too long. Visibly they become sad. If they are happy, they dribble all over me. The Rottie will guard me at the expense of his life. The terrier will follow me to the underworld. Both sit at my feet in the evening waiting to go to bed. I am their life.
Why can’t I get what I have with my dogs from my horse?
Should I be trying harder.