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post #11 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 02:47 PM
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To answer the question in a simple way: Yes that is how champions are trained.

Would I do it to a horse of my own? No.

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post #12 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 02:51 PM
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This is very, very mild compared to some of the training out there, especially in halter horses. I really don't see anything wrong with this video, but I've been working with horses most of my life and understand the necessity for discipline. The horse has to cooperate, and sometimes it takes a shove with a crop to do that.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 03:16 PM
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My biggest concern is the children in the arena. At one point there was a little kid running loose not too far from the horse. The girl on the black pony walks by with her hands behind her back. If the horse did get away, both these children would not be in a good situation.

As far as the horse, I didn't see any abuse. If he is a champion like you said, he knows his job and he's just deciding he doesn't want to do it today. The owners body position is mostly neutral the entire time like everyone else mentioned. The most important part is that when the horse blows up, she doesn't blow up with him. Nothing about her body position seems tense or stressful to the horse. When the horse decides he is not going to respond to her cues (which she gives softly at first and increases till she 'whips' him) she gives him a swift correction that is appropriate. I never saw him get hit in the face.
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 03:24 PM
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I think that was a bit sensationalist, don't you? It was a horse being halter trained. Yup, the girl sure didn't sweet talk him into posing...she didn't *ask* him to pose...she told him to and when he didn't, he was reprimanded. If this is going to fire you up enough to make a video, I fear you may be too soft for the horse world.
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 03:59 PM
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I don't think it was horrible. Are you sure it is a good idea to post that on Facebook? If someone tells her about it? Then you will surely have drama at the barn. The horse was being kind of a brat. He did not want to do what he was told and he did not look horribly confused.... I don't see abuse though. Not really...

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-01-2011, 04:07 PM
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And why was the child running around in the background? Either they were not taught not to run around a riding arena or the child's parent knows the trainer and horse and felt okay with the situation...........

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