Originally Posted by Cherie
No! A horse in training does not need that much of a tune-up. But, you can sure get one to start responding much better and get one much lighter if you 'over-cue' him and then bring the horse back to 'start', trap his head with more contact and ask again but much more lightly. This is what most serious trainers do all along after that first 90 days or so.
It seems like a punishment. Maybe that is what it is , a punishment, and the idea is to create a big impression in his mind. I mean, spanking him but disallowing him to move forward, then asking very quietly the next time. Seems like a spanking, a punishment. Not that that isn't called for.
I just never heard of that before. I have always been told to get big, yes, and be ready for a horse that may leap forward, but if the hrose jumps forward, not to punish their mouth for doing that.
Under what circumstances WOULD you do as I thought was correct?