[quote=Spirithorse;468297]A good trainer is someone who NEVER puts goals before principles, who understands how horses think and doesn't treat each horse the same, who is willing to adjust to fit the situation, who never gets frustrated, who doesnt' use mechanical devices to get results, who is very knowledgable in their profession, someone who never uses force with horses....there are SO many things that make a good trainer.[/quote/]
I agree with this except I would amend it to say "someone who never uses more force than needed." Many times you need to use some force with a horse (not to say "forcing) to get past a barrier in training. If you never use any force you are most likely going to end up with a spoiled backyard pet. So many times I have heard I can't get my horse to go or I can't get my horse to lunge from people that are frustrated that the stuff they see on RFDTV isn't working. They don't understand that if asking doesn't get you the response you are looking for, you don't just keep asking, then begging, then pleading. There has to be consequences for the horse when it ignores you. If that's not using force I don't know what is.
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