Originally Posted by Cherie
You will never see a public display of re-training spoiled horses. It is a lot like making sausage: It can be a really ugly process that most people would not like to watch, but the finished product is sooooo good. You do not effectively un-do bad behaviors (especially if you do not them to return) without those behaviors having consequences and without giving the horse a really good reason to not continuing those bad behaviors.
I love the analogy of making sausage for retraining spoiled horses, so true...
I wonder sometimes if force feeding creates acceptance to a point, rather than being completely appalled when they witness such methods.
In my mind, "those" methods are perfectly acceptable given the situation because I have done some of them and seen them work whereas a good portion of new horse owners has not and been "Disney-fied" in horse training methods.
But I am sure there would be a huge outcry if such an event should occur regardless...