I was once one of the darling fluffers "Do NOT ever hit your horse!! Never discipline your baby in a harsh manner!! If you stick that stick out for him to run into you are a cruel horse Mommy/Daddy!"
Well, while I won't ever beat my darling Rascal, I can say he has "run into the lunge whips butt" while trying to mow me down spooking at a butterfly. My boy has "knocked over the bucket forcefully" when turned his butt in my direction in the stall. He has made loops around the pasture with me on the 4 wheeler because "he just didn't feel like being caught for over 5 hours." Oh and not to mention "I don't feel like picking my feet up so I just cost you a farriers visit for nothing ;) cause he left and said "when he knows how to pick his feet up call me, but I really don't mind watching you with him for 30 minutes, in the shade with a cool drink, doing nothing while you fight to get his feet up since I can't do it my way. Thanks for the 10$ tip btw:) "
I have had horses all my life. I have been thrown, kicked, fallen upon, and bitten. I have to say each instance was my own fault! If I had learned long ago the body language, the clues to a pissy mood, and bottom line BETTER HORSE SENSE I would have saved tons of money in Dr visits and such.
Is it natural horsemanship, probably not, but is it cruelty or a beating, Nope! To me it's good sense not to let my 900 pounder run all over me when a simple smack with the flat of my hand can save me thousands in Dr bills :)
Thankfully we are passed the hoof problem. I owe it all to Rascal for forcing me to let my farrier do his job which turned out to be gently tapping his feet till it got annoying as hell and he lifted it. DUHHHHHHH Here's my sign for not asking HOW he wanted to go about teaching him before I spouted off my mouth LMAO. It only cost me a couple hundred in farrier visits.
I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
Last edited by Rascaholic; 07-12-2011 at 05:24 PM.
Reason: I forgot something!