Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I think training a horse to do something which in the horse world is disrespectful(kicking, biting, rearing, striking, bucking, ear pinning, etc), and expecting the horse to stay respectful to you is unrealistic. Those types of tricks should only be taught to specific horses, by experienced trainers who know the risks and can read body language well.
Its like teaching your toddler to swear in a foreign language because you think it sounds funny in yours. Eventually the kid will pick up on the fact that you encouraged them to swear, and start using other words you arn't so fond of.