Originally Posted by JaphyJaphy
discomfort, and so to me this sounds redundant. Would you be kind enough to clarify what you mean here? I've always worked on the premise that horses learn from the release of pressure. In my mind, pain isn't a necessary component.
I see you're quite new to the forum. If you're truly as experienced as you appear to be, you'll surely know that if you ask 5 horsepeople a question, you'll get 5 different answers.
I'm very curious to hear your perspective!
P.S. Not intending to thread-jack. OP, you might even find this info useful later on in your filly's training process.
Obviously, I don't condone striking any animal. Horsewise, I meant in a general sense. A lot of people tend to treat a horse like a dog when they don't know much about them, and this gets them in a lot of bad habits with their horse. I use press and release for just about everything personally. This is not to say that sometimes, breaking a bad habit can't ever get a bit physical, but that balling up your fist and striking the horse does absolutely no good. At best the horse thinks it's a game. Worse is head throwing, shyness, timidity, and as any of us disagreeable *******s can admit, aggressive behavior in some. I'm no parelli, but I've been around horses all my life, and I know with all certainty striking animals does not work. A few times when seeing it occur in front of me, I've offered the person a taste of their own "training". Never been taken up on it lol. Put it like this: If you ever feel like you have a good reason to strike a prey animal, you should be retrained. Not the horse. Horses gon' horse. Humans should know better.
So, to clarify, no training method EVER advises striking as a training tool or discouragement. I meant attempting to CAUSE pain as a deterrent by popping a horse in the mouth only physically hurts the person punching. It does not hurt the horse, does not deter biting, in fact encourages it, because at best the horse thinks you're playing a game with him, and you're losing in his opinion.