02-27-2008, 06:54 AM
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I think the horses owner has the final say and just because your trainer says all trainers use this method doesn't mean it is right or works best. I have seen a trainer do this and its not outrightly "cruel" per se, but, ask yourself how you would like someone to tie your foot up behind you and force you to stand this way for 15 minutes, in order to teach you to balance better? Hmmm...
Besides, as horses go, the six year old that you are (leasing?) is young and so it will mean you are going to have practice more, and show more patience and persistence. So isn't that good for you too?