Oh! AMEN! To this! The best trained horse can and will misbehave on occassion. And for those of you who think you NEVER hit a horse for any reason....Bull(cough) My trainer, whom I respect GREATLY, will hit a horse if it's necessary. I've seen him light into a horse a time or 2. THAT horse NEVER, repeat NEVER, shows any fear or terror of him at all. In fact, I've seen his horses BEG for his attention AND His horses are extremely well behaved. So much so, that knowing he was the trainer ofor a stallion, I didn't even hesitate walking into the pasture with him and catching him to tie up so I could remove my mares (a couple in heat no less) after they got out of their pasture and went visiting. It's about respect. How on earth do you think they teach respect between themselves....Please don't do that? LOL They bite, kick, strike, etc. Watch a mare with her foal some time. If he doesn't listen...he might get a gentle nudge the first time, but after that it's gloves off. Now, I do NOT advocate beating into submission either. As my trainer says....you have 5 seconds to "kill" them. After that, you're too late and just being mean.
The OP simply asked for our help. Talking down to her or telling her she's stupid is NOT helping. Isn't helping each other what this forum is about or was I wrong when I joined? We all have different methods of training and different levels of experience. I can tell you after this thread....I won't be asking for any help or advice from you folks when MY horse acts up.
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