What Amazes Me
What amazes me is with all the information available on the net, in books and DVD's that there are still people convinced to use nothing but negative reinforcement. This is pure ignorance and lack of caring for a dumb animal. Whips, spurs, and bits are tools. There are correct ways to use them and incorrect ways. Most of the time I see them using old methods harshly on horses. From the beginner to Olympic riders. From beginners to professionals. English and Western, Saddle Seat, Racing, Endurance. I've gotten numb to their abuses and sadly have to walk away shaking my head because I can see the horse would perform much better if the riders or owners would take some suggestions.
I've taught riding for over 40 years. Yes, my methods have changed because I care about the animals and the people. I have always wanted to do the right thing for the horse. I want the horse to be safe and the people as well.
I've studied riding and horses for eons. I'm still learning. But the ignorance out there still today amazes me.