Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
the kind of people who are willing to take away a horse's basic necessities are generally (please don't think im directly attacking you because this may not be true in your case) the kind of people who are all about having all the power and control in the relationship between them and their horse. that is not an effective way to work with a horse. though the horse should respect you (not bite, kick, etc) , you also need to respect it. you should be a pair that works together freely.
also, it's completely different with a kid who gets sent to bed without dinner. horses are NOT humans. they do not understand what they did wrong when you take away food or water, they just learn that they can't trust you to be the alpha and care for them. if done often enough this will also lead to a rude aggressive horse. children have the capability to understand what they did and why they are not being fed. as well as that, when you send a child to bed without dinner or whatever they are being punished. what you proposed and said you did with the horse was not a punishment.
okay, end rant :]
"The art of riding is keeping a *horse* between you and the ground."