Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
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The way I see it, in order to train, we need to relate to horses in a manner they understand.
Watch a herd of horses. Horse gets too close, first they get a warning. Second they get nailed with a hoof.
Horses communicate through body language. Body language that involves the occasional wollop with a foot, or a bite, when deserved.
Relating that to people, when the horse crosses 'the line' a good, hard smack is going to get the message across in a way that's natural for THEM. Our smack is the equivalent of getting kicked by an alpha horse for being an idiot, only our smacks are a LOT lighter (due to the fact that we are much smaller).
Another thing that drives me absolutely bonkers are people who advertise 'force free training'. All training has a little bit of force, a push or pull that influences the horse. The factor is how MUCH force. Good training gives the horse a choice. The trick is making the good thing easy and the bad thing HARD/uncomfortable/not fun. You use as little pressure as possible, but as much as necessary.
For example, you ask horse to trot. Horse has a choice. He can canter, and have a relieve from the pressure (via a relaxing of the leg and seat aids), or he can keep trotting and deal with an increase in the leg/seat aids (via stronger aids, and a crop). The horse could have avoided the stronger aids, but didn't, and had to learn why it WASN'T a good idea to ignore the leg.
Crops and spurs are merely supplements of the leg aids. They allow us to give stronger aids when necessary. Nothing evil about it.
Finally, could you explain how hitting a horse ruined a horse? I really don't understand.
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