Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I think in extreme cases in experienced hands it could be usefull. I think Julie Goodnight qualifies as experienced. I don't think she was meaning to cure ALL aggression in the horse in question, but the unreasonable and dangerous behaviour. I do think however, that she needs to clarify that it should only be used by very experienced and qualified people.
My family has trained field dogs for 3 generations and yes, we use the shock collars. You can turn them down so low that it feels like a little bump. Pretty far from a shock. Our dogs are friendly and happy. We did use the collar aggressively with a great dane once (a client dog)- the dog had a bad habbit of chasing foals and had run one through a fence. We had to turn the collar up to 50% before we resolved the issue, but at least it was resolved and the dog got to keep breathing. The owners were ready to have him put down.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork