While not the way I personally teach a horse to respect my space, it DOES work, and that horse was not afraid at all...jmho. And I agree with who ever mentioned that they are giving a softer cue, then a 'louder' one, and finally the 'loudest' one (horse running into elbow). That horse was obviously VERY intent on everything around him, and was not paying attention to his handler...a horse that is attentive and respectful is not going to be whipping his head around the second he stops, to pay attention to what ever is going on around him...he needs to focus on his handler, and that is what they are trying to achieve...I saw a much more attentive respectful horse by the end of the clip...one that was actually THINKING, instead of reacting.
Oh the one thing that DID make me a bit mad, was that the horse's halter was definitely NOT adjusted properly...now that could cause some problems if the horse decided to really yank and pull away from the handler. Just one of my pet peeves...hate seeing tack that's not properly fitted, especially something as simple as a halter!!!
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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