Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
The most stressful riding I have ever done was to train horses to perform at NATIONAL CW Reenactments (training began at the small ones.) At Antietam, we were breaking in an older TWH that we had recently bought, who had trouble with the 5AM one hour artillary battle, and DH had to dismount bc of his stress. We rode all over the field, weapons being shot, shot off of their backs, wheeled around infantry, artillery and other Cavalry, AND the crowds. The horses got used to it and lost their fear and came to depend upon the wisdom of the rider. Even the troublesome OTTB gelding I owned, FINALLY got worn out at his first event and could only walk, so he began losing his fear of all of the loud noises and other stimuli. If you only show your horses, or trail ride them, it is unlikely that they will be exposed to these things. I am proud to say that I complete trained 15 horses to the hobby that ANYBODY could ride into battle safely.
You know, a lot of what is argued here isn't really about the horse, it is about "WHAT I KNOW ABOUT HORSES." If you wish to have the last word and be right, so be it.
I have the reputation among those who rode with me of turning out good, safe horses. Go fight with someone else. =/