Originally Posted by Oldhorselady
I agree that he makes the right choice easy and wrong choice hard and that he is not always 'whacking'. I am just saying with my horse 'whacking' her ever would never be the right thing.....she needed something gentler to get the same point across.
You don't always whack the horse. First, you gently tap the air, tap the air harder and harder until you are gently tapping your horse. If the horse is still not listening, tap the horse harder and harder until he/she moves. Once the horse moves, rub it away immediately and let them stop and think about it. You are not just stepping up and smacking the horse with the stick. Smacking the horse is the last resort, and, you only do it AFTER you have asked by tapping the air.
I do agree, however, that some horses do not need the stick. Sometimes its best to drop the stick with touchier horses. In that case, I'd use the end of the lead rope and my finger. But, in all of the years that I have been working with horses (I have worked a TON of them) I have only met ONE horse that I needed to just drop the stick. I have worked at a horse rescue, on a lady's ranch (I STILL don't know how many horses she had
), all of my aunt's crazy horses, and numerous others who friends have asked to help with.