Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: State College, PA
What I have been trying to convey is that while I didn't think that she was displaying great training strategies or skills, she wasn't abusive either. I think people are too quick to hop on the abuse bandwagon when they don't agree with someone's training or behavior. Getting angry with a horse and being a little more physical than most isn't abuse. If the horse had hobbled away, been bleeding, truly fearful then yes by all means blow the abuse whistle. If the horse at the end of whatever they were doing is even relatively calmer, paying attention to the handler, licking, chewing, even just standing still alone and blowing then it wasn't true abuse. Did it help the horse in the long run? Who knows. But to me bad training is bad training, abuse is abuse and I feel there is a big difference between the two. Now if you want to get into the mental aspect and the horrors of retraining a horse I believe that's another topic. I don't think this horse was abused, simply not trained very well in this particular situation. But again, that's MY opinion.