Why is it that so many people think that when a horse misbehaves there is a physical reason for doing so?
Why is it that so many think that a physical punishment, applied at the right moment is wrong?
Why is it that people are worried that to use a crop or lunge whip on a horse is cruelty?
Why is it that when a horse kicks out on the lunge advise from many is not to hit the horse with the lunge whip because it is probably kicking because it is frightened?
I have worked professionally with horses for nigh on 50 years, I was riding for 10 years before that so, have considerable experience under my belt. A lot of this has been dealing with difficult horses.
I do not believe in beating any animal but I do believe in taking no nonsense.
I do not care if a horse is in pain, I have the right to respect and trust that when treating that injury, he has no right to try to harm me.
I do not believe in excuses for plain bad manners.
I do believe in facing up to problems and dealing with them there and then.
I also believe that a horse will tell you if he is on pain or uncomfortable and should be listened to.
My belief in training is that, at first, boundaries are tight but as trust forms so they widen.
Training should always be firm. Fair and fun.
A trained should most of all, be consistent.