Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: ontario, canada
• Horses: 0
Spirithorse. I don't buy this run away is out of fear. Really I don't care anyway. The horse runs when it gets going and the owner can't stop him. Nothing is more frightening then that and it should never be allowed. I don't care the the devil himself is after the horse he should listen at all times.
Also as to the quick fix? The horse is on his way to the meat market, I have a single chance to show the owner that the horse will stop and I do a 2 two hard stops, ones that shake the horse to the core but the 3rd stop is just a voice command only.. I don't care how it is done , only the results and the result is the owner gains confidence, gains a horse that stops and maybe, just maybe saves the horses life.
I do get the owner to try it right away. It works and so the horse got roughed up a bit?
We live in a society that has rules.Rules that are enforced with consequences?? Try breaking a rule and then tell the law that you were afraid, you didn't understand?? See how far it gets you.
Forget the speed limit, do as you please and see how it turns out.
From the minute I start a horse I define the rules, the boundries that he must live within and step outside those boundries and all hell breaks loose.
I don't yell, push them around or abuse them UNTIL they step outside my rules. If an animal knows the rules, living within them keeps the animal safe, keeps me safe and he quickly learns what those rules are.
I have trained champion animals in alot of fields and know this to be true.
If you want a reliable horse, one not trained to certian conditons but one that can run into the unexpected and yet handle it like it was regular training you need to teach the horse what is acceptable and what is not.
My Champion German shepherd is laying on the mat in front of the door sleeping. I approach to lock the door. The sheperd feels/hears me coming and opens one eye, no movement just opens one eye. I reach over and lock the door and he goes right back to sleep.
But if I am going out I approach him the same way but softly say MOVE and he jumps up and moves to allow me to go out.
I didn't raise my voice, I approached the same as always, he is comfortable knowing the rules but he responds instantly to a command.
If he did not move my foot would have moved him. I know you think it is cruel, kicking the dog but he knows I would never do that to him if he stays within the rules.
By the way he holds 13 titles.
I have competed in different classes by just reading the rule book the night before, understanding the rules and explaining them to him at the trial , during the competition and win.
He understands the command and obeys it under any situation.
I want my horse which by the way I treat as a dog, I talk to him expecting him to understand, I talk to him, teach him commands and under any and all situations I expect him to obey.
As for breaking one bad horse, try a dozen. Try it in a short time frame.
I use to spend my Sunday mornings breaking rental horses of bad habit picked up with bad riders during the week. Some I never saw before but never hesitated to climb aboard no matter what.