Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I've been riding and working with horses since I was born, so almost 24 years. Thanks for asking.
I have no "rose colored" view. I am not against physical discipline in anyway. I was merely replying to the commentary of it being acceptable to smack your horse around for stepping on your foot. She didn't bother explaining in what circumstances, merely that she found it acceptable to physically discipline your horse for small infractions. I fully agree with disciplining a horse who isn't respecting your bubble, who's stepping on your feet only because he isn't paying attention to you and is becoming a danger.
My issue was with actually telling the OP to "mind her own business" because somehow as humans, we have the right to smack around our animals any way we see fit. Yes, it is a judgement call, as we aren't there, but if this child is repeatedly smacking her horse with a leadrope who's already suffered unthinkable abuse in her life, then that IS cruelty and she SHOULD work to find ways to end it.
I have worked with so many abused horses in my lifetime, it makes me absolutely sick that someone would just start hitting them for something so stupid.
And I'm not understanding whatsoever your implication that "explaining" is a human thing. Explaining does not automatically mean "talk English", it means proceed in a way that is understood by whatever party you are conveying your message to, be it horse or otherwise. That message comes in numerous forms, but traumatizing a horse that doesn't have one IOTA of a clue why it's being disciplined is just as good at cursing out someone in a foreign language. They won't understand and everyone ends up confused and frustrated, and quite possibly intimidated and scared if the other person is making threatening gestures.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.