I just found this website, and it has beyond p***ed me off. It is such extremist fear mongering, and just gives all horse handlers a bad name, portraying us as monsters or just simply as idiots. The information is so one sided, and so arrogantly uninformed that it made me search for quite some time to find the "horse hero"'s email address so I could point some questions at him. Like, seriously, does he think that every time we ride we inflict this excruciating pain, and that's the only reason the horse complies? This is utter BS. If this was true, then that's suggesting that no horse is happy in its job, grrrr! I mean for gods sake, I had to retire my old mare 3 times because at age 30 she would jump into the arena from the pasture while I was riding and follow on like a ride! Has he never ridden a truly happy, willing horse? Because if not, he has no right to spout such crap.
I would love to get him on my horse and put him on a XC course, let him see how reluctant she is, how scared and in pain she feels. Honestly, I could hold the buckle end and she'd happily go around! And i'm sure pretty much all of us find this in one discipline or another. This guy has just found some horrific pictures of bad examples of horsemanship in the disciplines, or even just unfortunate moments in a good partnership, and shoved them all together to upset people and create a knee jerk reaction that all horse sports are cruel.
As if a stallion would allow itself to be bitted if the bit was sitting directly on top of a nerve! This guy forgets that even if this were true, and we did have control of the horse by 'pain' when in the saddle, we'd have to actually get into the saddle of a disagreeable horse. Not easy.
The whole thing almost sucked me in for a minute, too. That's what is worst about it! I started feeling a little guilty and cruel, and that's just manipulation!!! Because I have never caused my horses that pain,and I don't care what he thinks, they love their job.
Rant over. Opinions would be greatly appreciated so I don't feel so overly dramatic on my own. :P
For some reason, it really riled me up
Thanks for getting this far!!