I use a barking collar on my shi tzu when we leave the house. Barking incessantly is something she knows she should not do, as she is often corrected for it - without the aid of the collar. You can tell from her body language that she knows it is inappropriate behavior. The collar, adjusted at a very low-level, serves as a reminder that it is unacceptable to bark, and bark, and bark when we are not there to correct it ourselves. However, she can barks as much as she wants when we go for long hikes or she is playing outside. The idea is not to get into the habit of neurotic barking when someone passes by the house.
I can't recall a horse problem I've seen that would need this type of device, but I'm not saying that means it is not useful in the right circumstance. However, I imagine there are more cases of mis-use of the collar then there are productive ones, probably because people are always looking for that cure-all short-cut. I guess this would mean, more often than not, that the unwarranted behaviour would be corrected through relying on the device, (say biting) but that it may be exchanged for another undesirable behaviour. (i.e over-sensitivity or head shyness) I don't have an electric fence, but I sometimes wish I did, because my horse tends to think the grass is greener on the other side, and rubs her mane off. I think that electric fencing is kind of an indirect way of encouraging a modification in behavior, as I imagine a shock collar would be. I tend to think that it is better that your horse know that a request in change of behavior is coming directly from you, and the importance is that he recognizes and respects that. I don't know though. Shock collars have gotten a bad rap because of their ease of being used incorrectly, but that shouldn't negate the positives that may come from using one in an educated, humane manner.
As for me, I'd rather the horse not be under the assumption that I have the power of making magic lightning bolts fly out of my finger tips, lol.
Last edited by Seahorseys; 03-26-2010 at 11:22 AM.