Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I know exactly what you mean. But I don't think I neccesarily take my own horse for granted so much as I'm in disbelief of other peoples horses and training.
I think a good example is on Sunday, we had the new farrier out. We had a total of 7 horses to trim, plus a miniature gelding. We trimmed my new 2 year old first, the one who's learned she can just do acrobatics on three legs when she gets tired of standing. We had a couple good blow ups before she was willing to settle down and listen to me. He trimmed a couple of the old hands in between, then moved on to my roommates 2 year old Half-Clydesdale filly. Again, a few more blowups but it went half decent.
We're the kind of people who were actually embarrased that he had to trim these snot nosed 2 year olds. Meanwhile, all the farrier could keep saying was what a darn enjoyable day it was trimming the five older mares who stood perfectly. He was even impressed with the 2 year olds, seeing as he's trimmed the rogues where mine came from and knows how little handling they've had. We've been handling her feet at a furious pace in the last month, getting her as prepared as possible.
Anyway, long story short, I just never see it as "good training" that my mare stands for the farrier. I see it as NECCESARY training. I am humiliated if I have to get my horse looked at by a vet or farrier and they misbehave, because that reflects on me. It just shocked me that the farrier was SO impressed with our crew, meanwhile I've never seen anything special in it, it's just routine training to ensure that whoever works with my horse is as safe as possible while doing so.
We're the sort of people that tie red ribbons in our horses tails and warn people on the trail when our horse kicked another horse ONCE four years ago. My Arab has never kicked anybody on the trail, but I still watch her and who's around me. Meanwhile, "friends" of ours came on a trail ride, the mom swore up and down that her mare didn't kick, and what happened? You guessed it, she nailed my best friends mom in the knee from ACROSS the trail path when she lashed out at the horse she was riding.
It just kind of scares me that what seems like common sense to me is actually seen as "great training" by other people. But it's the foundation I lay that enables my horse to further advance into actual great training, much like yours I'm sure smrobs. It makes me shake my head that people who are doing work such as you were doing didn't see the purpose of bothering to properly train their animals. It's not fair to the horse and it's not fair to the people around the horse.
Anyway, kudos to you and I'm glad you got to show them a thing or two about a well trained horse!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.