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post #11 of 14 Old 04-07-2009, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for your reponses, I also agree that this teqnique should only be done to problematic horses as to which spurred on my question when I read the previous thread about a horse I believe a lady had that was out of control, Killed 2 other horses and 2 trainers gave up on it, The consensus of the posts from forum members were to put the horse down, the lady seemed torn to make a decision as to buy it and attempt to work with it or put it down, I just wanted to throw this out there and see what kind of exposure this teqnique had, I didn't realize I would get the responses from so many that had experience with this teqnique, If any of you have read the thread in question would you agree that this teqnique could be used on this type of horse to solve a dominance problem before attempting to solve behavioral problems, Making the people part of his problem as the alpha and being able to work with it on a better playing field for his behavioral problems, Now that is a contraversial issue but in my thinking it should maybe given thought before putting the horse down for good. I am sorry if I have ruffled any feathers but that was not my intent, Again thanks for the responses.
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I remember that thread and "yes" had I thought about the technique at the time, I would have suggested it. As I said in my reply, it is a method of last resort.

I don't think that someone who has never dealt with a true outlaw horse can appreciate the effectiveness of laying a horse down. The method came to widespread awareness in the movie The Horse Whisperer.

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This method was actually developed by Professor Jesse Beery back in the late 1800's. The good doctor was one of the first "natural" horse trainers, and apparently used this technique quite effectively. The most important part of the trick, however, is that once the horse is down, the owner stays with the horse, at his head, while a second trainer scares the animal by shaking bags, blowing whistles, etc. The theory is that the horse associates the owner with safety from the scary things.
This could be obviously dangerous both to the horse and people, but maybe a last resort, worth the effort.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-07-2009, 08:51 AM
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I've read through much of Prof Berry's books (pamphlets, actually). You can still get them in CD form on ebay. The original clinician (LOL). He was one of the first to actually put on demonstrations and sell books on how to utilize his methods and equipment . Up to recently, Weaver actually made a copy of his bit.

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