Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Well, I've run Mia in the round pen until soaked with sweat. She wasn't exhausted, but she sure was tired!
When she would have a 'you aren't the boss of me' moment, I'd have her run. And run. And she wasn't slowing down. I'd turn her regularly, and let her drop briefly to a canter, but if she wanted to play "Queen of the Universe", we'd play it until she got tired of it - so to speak. I'd give her chances to come in to me, she'd pass them up and toss her head, and I'd make her run some more.
I felt that was a very important lesson for her: She doesn't get to make the rules. She is both a very fearful and very dominant mare. If she feels like she is the boss, then her fears can run wild. Her fears are then only limited to her imagination, which is apparently very healthy...
I said she hadn't been back to the round pen since last fall, but that wasn't really true. A couple of weeks ago, while I was saddling her, she decided she didn't HAVE to have a bit put in her mouth. In the end, my little riding arena became a very large round pen. She ran and turned and ran some more for about 30 minutes straight, and responded to each offer to come in with head tossing...which earned her more time running. In the end, she snorted, trotted up to me, stopped about 6 feet away, extended her nose and sniffed my hand, and then followed me around as I cleaned up the mess. We then spent another 2 hours doing some work, and the following morning we did a 6 mile trail ride.
And she was great. She can be a very sweet and affectionate horse, but only when she knows the human is serious. I haven't tried it, but I cannot imagine the training in the OP's post doing her any good. She WANTS someone who will unleash the wrath of hell upon her. She wants someone strong enough to protect her, and that someone needs to be tougher than she is. I'm pretty sure she would consider bribes to be the tool of a weakling.
Just FWIW. I'm no horse trainer, just a guy with 3 horses in various stages...
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."