I've been thinking recently about all the little things that irk me, pet peeves if you will. Some of them are big, some minor...but all the same they're annoying, bad habits, and sometimes dangerous. Here's some of mine to start us off...
- people with pushy horses that are afraid to push back. I'm sorry, when your horse is rearing, striking, and kicking at you, cooing in a soft voice is NOT the right way to correct it. I'm not saying beat your horse, I'm saying tell him who's boss and sort out your crap.
- when novice/new owners take on abused/aggressive horses. STOP DOING THAT! Only bite off what you can chew, nevermind how freaking "cute" they are...without help, you're bound to hurt them, get hurt, or both. Just stop.
- training at warp speed. WHY?! You're going to have to go back and redo it all anyway...no sense in forcing a frame on a 3 year old if they're going to be strung out again by 5 because it wasn't taught in the first place.
- people that think there is only ONE way to correctly train any one horse. I'm sorry, BULL. What works for one may not work for another. And what worked for the other may send the first into a frenzy. There are hundreds of ways to get the same end result...it's a matter of what works for the HORSE.
I know I have more but I'm interested to see some replies. Please keep your points short, no huge novel explainations needed...but give reason.
Let's see 'em!