03-23-2012, 11:32 PM
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Foxhunter - Honestly, I don't have a clue why. I'm still trying to figure out the contradictions of today's commonly held horse training beliefs. I don't understand how a person can be a "herd boss" or even a herd member and a predator at the same time. I don't understand why people think horses are mentally fragile. If it takes 10 or even 100 repetitions for a horse to "get it" then why would anyone think that one mistake, mishap or bad experience is going to ruin a horse for life. Regarding the issue of abuse, I see far more people being abused by horses than I do people abusing horses. I keep reading how abusive "traditional" methods of training were in the past, but I saw far less abused horses then than I do now. Just look at the number of posts here that claim they own an abused horse. All these abused horses on the market today certainly didn't come from traditional "old school" training methods, they came from the NH do-it-yourselfers of today. IMHO, the "my horsey was abused" mentality is a self fulfilling prophecy - ie. Owner has problem with horse, owner is nice to horse so horse should respond in kind, instead, the horse is a beast, owner doesn't understand why the horse is behaving the way it is and deduces that horse must have been abused, since horse was abused it can't be expected to behave normally therefore absolving the owner of all responsibility for that horse's bad behavior (owner can't fix horse because horse can't be fixed).