I thought of EmilyRosia today and I wanted to share my experience with her so hopefully she takes time to read this. This afternoon I started lunging the mare called Star that is here. Well my mare seeing I was working this mare and not her comes over and starts lunging herself WITH star. She was just walking, trotting, and loping right alongside and behind her...it was fun for her or she must have got some enjoyment out of it...because there was nothing MAKING her do it. In fact, if it's possible, I think she was jealous I was working with the other horse.
We do NOT invest all of the time, $$$$, and effort into our animals to hurt them by overworking them or working them incorrectly. I just think you have this picture in your head of us beating, whipping, and kicking the crap out of our horses and running them into the dirt day in and day out. I know most people have a pretty strict conditioning process...at least I do. I know what my horse is physically capable of...Im not going to hurt her by getting her out and excercised...LACK of work will get a horse hurt quicker than keeping them conditioned.