Originally Posted by lovemyponies
again agree to disagree about what works. I am a person who would much rather not to a slap to my horse if at all costs but at the same time I realize horses do react naturally to some type of dominance. I don't think that chronic behavioral issues can be fixed with dominance......but I do think a properly timed snap at a horse can teach them a lesson
Hi, after reading the above, not knowing who it's directed at, I thought I'd explain my views about punishment... I have a background in behavioural psychology/training. I personally think that punishment (positive and negative) are valuable 'tools' to have in your bag of tricks. BUT punishment, especially the positive variety generally comes with many undesirable 'side effects', some of which I've described.
I definitely think it has it's place(especially in dangerous, emergency type situations), but a rather small, generally inefficient one compared to other methods of behaviour modification, and I think it's vital to understand the principles behind it, and behind the behaviours our animals exhibit, so that we can make the best judgements about when/where/why to use punishment & when it's best avoided.