Well, I don't find that I personally get on the 'blame train' that often...really...If something is wrong, it's "usually" going to be "my fault"...usually...a cue not being clear enough, saddle not fitting quite right, or sitting quite in the right place, rein cue not clear enough, body language not clear cut, list goes on...as a horse trainer, it's my responsibility to take the blame, not the horse's.
If something's going wrong, I try to step back and figure out what I might be doing wrong, and sort it out right away...whether it's pain, or something else.
Now, sometimes it IS the horse, but not all the time...like I do have a filly right now, that DOES like to be with the other horses more than she likes to be with me...part of it seems to be her personality, and part of it, she might just not like to work...I've just got to figure out the right incentive for her; praise and treats don't seem to work for her. But again, it's not the 'horse's fault', it's just the way she is, and it's up to me to figure out how she works.
I met a person last night who's content to blame the weather on horse's bizazzare behavior...I'm not saying that's not always the case, but I'm also not keen on making that "being" an excuse either, you know?
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 01-20-2010 at 05:16 PM.