Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Perhaps I should have said catfooting
Yeah, I got what you meant... Kittyfooting?? Hey, lets have some fun with words & see what gets starred??
Best not hyjack OP's thread with it tho!
Making them work teaches them about consequence, then to react or not react becomes their choice if work is the consequence.
Absolutely. This sort of exercise is indeed a handy tool IMO. But it SO depends how it's done, the horse in question & his attitude, etc. There was another recent post about a shire mare who appeared terrified to just be put in a roundpen with a human.... It's vital to know when it's too much for a horse to put them under so much pressure too(tho same 'pressure' may be nothing to many horses). My main irk is that people don't think of it just in the way you put it above, but that it's a magic bullet to 'make' the horse 'bond' with them. And that they perceive running a horse around a confined space until he gives up as somehow 'natural' & 'nice'. So I guess you could say my main irk is with people doing it without full understanding of what it means to the horse.
defiantly something I like to do.
You do it defiantly??
Sorry, couldn't help myself...