Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I'm with RiosDad on this one. I rarely like the way he says things, but the information he is giving out is good stuff. If a horse runs away with you, any horse, under any circumstance [well, if a bear jumps out of the woods, I'll let him run] the horse MUST stop, period. If I were riding a known runner, I would work tons of transitions in the arena, and when I think we're ready to go out in the open where he usually runs away, I WILL use a big bad bit, one that he's had on before, and you betcha if that horse tries to take off, his rear will be hauled to the ground so quickly, his head will spin. Stop means stop means stop means stop. I don't care if he's scared of a stick, he and I are both a lot safer if he stops. Running away is a very, very dangerous habit, I'm not going to fool around with it.
As far as the poster with the "crazy" re-trained horse. There is no way for you to know that the horse couldn't have been re-trained by RiosDad, or myself, or any other member on here. All you know is that the people around you didn't want her. There are a thousand ways to solve problems in a horse. Yes, some are more abusive than others, and some people just create more problems, but that still leaves a couple hundred ways to fix the same problem in the same horse.
If you want to talk about previously abused horses, most people who take in abused horses aren't going to throw it around and use force to re-train it. I plan on taking in rescues in the future, but I will not let it walk all over me just because it has a bad past. If it goes to take a bite out of me, it will get punished for it. If it tries to run me over while on the lead rope, it will get pushed back and it will learn real quick that I am boss, period. Maybe I wouldn't handle the situation in the same way I would another "normal" horse, but I won't let it take a chunk out of me or run me over just because "him's got scared of someting, and him's didn't do it on purpose, and him's been beaten before." Take what you will from that. But I can make a great horse and establish a great partnership. There is always an alpha in the herd, and I have no problems working with the horse, but I am still alpha.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 01-09-2010 at 09:43 PM.