YES. Look for a REAL trainer, not some yahoo who will just hurt your horse like that one.
Originally Posted by lauralynnee
I am a new member to Horse Forum and am hoping to get some advice from those of you more experienced than me. I am in the process of finding a trainer to help me with some issues I'm having with a new horse of mine, the most significant being not standing still while tied and pulling back. Anyway, I had a trainer come out to do her evaluation and let her know about the issues I was having. She proceeded to solid tie her to the hitching post and tried to saddle her, within just a short amount of time my horse was violently pulling back, almost overturning herself, so much so that she melted part of the leadrope due to the friction. I was extremely frightened that she was going to injure herself. The trainer assured me that we couldn't let her get away with it and she needs to learn that she can't pull back... I agree that she needs to learn but is this the right way to go about doing this? Should I keep looking for a different trainer? Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
People like that "trainer" who still think of the horse as some dumb animal that needs to be forced into submission....that type of thinking is OVER.
Look for a trainer that is PROGRESSIVE in training...meaning, they don't adhere to the ancient "force em!" mentality. But rather, one who accepts that the horse is an intelligent animal that can be taught how to accept something like being tied, without inflicting pain.
Does that mean that your horse won't freak out when being trained? No. I've trained several horses who had spent years pulling back and breaking things....and they would freak out during training (meaning, they would pull back)..BUT BUT BUT.....
I used a BLOCKER TIE RING. And thus, NO HORSE WAS EVER HURT and they only pulled back a handful of times....meaning, they pulled the 22 ft line long through the ring, without any inflicted pain to their bodies (compared to being tied hard)......until they stopped pulling back altogether (didn't take long for them to figure it out).
They learned fairly quickly (within a week's time, 1 hour each day) not to pull back at all. They learned that when they set back and stepped back....nothing broke, nothing hurt....and so, they started THINKING their way through.
I sacked em out while they were "tied" to the Blocker Tie Ring......meaning, the 22 ft lead line was put through the ring, so the horse could pull it through easily....the horse soon learns...."I'm not trapped! So, I have nothing to worry about. I don't need to freak out."
And the horse was then able to be tied normally after the training, and the horse remembered the lesson and didn't pull back anymore.
Horses are very smart, if we give them time to think instead of react. If we give them the opportunity to think things over....they'll choose the peaceful solution.
If we give them the chance.
That numbskull of a "trainer" didn't give your horse the chance. Didn't allow any thinking...only reacting. Tying up a PREY animal and forcing it to submit....is a great way to end up having to get a chiropractor for the horse after all of that.
1) get a chiropractor for your horse. Ten to one, there's pain now because of all of the pull backs
2) get a blocker tie ring --> http://horseloversoutlet.com/blocker_tie_rings.html
3) get a 22 ft line
4) get a trainer to train your horse without force or pain