Recently I was told to use the "Tap" by "Endospink" on my horse.
I had never heard of it, so did a little research. When I looked into it, I read that it's for problem horses, which my horse isn't! (And it was recommended on here for my horse, when I have no problems with her - touch wood - except for occasionally trying to nap, but that wasn't even the reason someone recommended it)
Looking at some videos, it looks quite harsh. I watched a few of Endospink's vids, and a few amateur. It seems quite controversial and I can't say it's something I'd like to try on my horse, without a trained professional, who know's exactly what this "tap" does.
People are saying it "rewires" the problem horse's brain. Hmm, I was under the impression you can't rewire a horse's brain, they are, and always will be a flight animal, and it's up to you to gain it's trust through more natural methods.
See, I would have posted this in NH training, as people seem to believe that it is, but when I look at it, there doesn't seem to be anything natural about it. I've read the comments people have added, and some say that it's natural behaviour horses would exhibit in the wild. What a load of old tosh. One doesn't see the alpha horse pulling on a horse and pulling it to the ground. They use body language to show their dominance.
People also leave the saddle on for this technique, and the horse falls quite dramatically, which wouldn't be comfortable anyway, let alone with the saddle on! Also, there's a lot of pressure on the horse's neck, and when watching it people say on their vids "now I'm flexing his neck" and when I see it, the horse's neck is not flexed at all! Before doing anything to do with flexing the neck, such as one rein stop Etc, the neck muscles should be nice and loose, so as not to cause any neck trouble, but these horses can barely flex their necks at all, and yet the "trainers" think that's an adequate amount to then continue with the tap. Also, these horse's are bitted, and there's a LOT of pulling that goes on in the horse's mouth.
When I see these vids, it's very worrying. In my opinion, they're only getting their horse's "trust" as they put the horse in a very vulnerable position, and therefore is having to do what they're told afterwards, for fear they may be hurt.
It seems very controversial, and seems a bit worrying. Looks like it could go very wrong in the wrong hands
Opinions please, but keep it tame, it seems like there could be a lot of heated things to say either for or against this topic, and I don't want to cause WWIII!