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post #1 of 16 Old 06-25-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Good intentions and cruelty to horses

This is a must-read for all horse owners, but I felt it most appropriate to post here as it is something a lot of new horse owners face. I've seen this happen over and over again, and no one says anything because they're "not doing anything wrong" by loving on their horses to the point of spoiling them. So many horse owners with good intentions don't realize the problems and abuse they may be promoting unintentionally!

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-26-2013, 10:04 AM
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Bump. Read. This.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 12:01 AM
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Used to own one like this... Had been allowed to get away with murder. The amount of times I cursed his old owner is insane.

I say I USED to own on like that even though I still own him, is because even though he is the same horse, he does not behave like the same horse. He now respects boundaries, is no longer bargey, rude and realizes that temper tantrums no longer get him out of work. I am so glad I kept at it when many would have given him up for an easier horse, he is the most honest horse I have ever met. Horses are not born good or bad, people make them that way.

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post #4 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 06:55 AM
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Sooooooo true! Wonderful article. I have had 2 that were the product of I still have and he tests every single day-always will, I believe. I am hoping his previous owner will read the article on my FB page and take it to heart before she ruins another one. Nice lady, but......well, you know.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 08:55 AM
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Fantastic article. I reposted it to Facebook. Just sums up SO much of what I think. To all those people (not on here) who said I was being "mean" to Brock when I reprimanded him for even the slightest rudeness, or when I kicked him back when he kicked me - nope, I was being kind! Because I knew if I didn't do it, even if I didn't send him to auction or the doggers he'd eventually be passed through owners and end up there. And for such a beautiful, noble, proud young horse with so much intelligence it would have been a tragic end.

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post #6 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 09:00 AM
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It is actually is a form of mistreatment to love horses so much that you spoil them. this is so true I deal with these type of horses all the time and there own do not get it :(

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 09:06 AM
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My old girl was on her way to someones dinner plate at 3 years old thanks to the ignorant kindness of the people who bred her. When I say that you needed full body armor to handle her I am not kidding - she wasn't at all nasty or eveil she just didn't understand what the rules were and what was acceptable/unacceptable
It took one really hard whack to make her see the error of her ways - which were sadly not her fault and a constant firm hand for a while but once we were singing from the same sheet I had a horse that's been probably the best I'll ever own
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 09:43 AM
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I "spoil" my horses rotten. They are out on pasture, have grass 24/7, get a bucket of high quality feed every single day, have lots of fresh, clean water and are kept current on all their preventive maintenance type things. They have shelter during bad or hot weather. In return I expect them to: stay out of my space unless invited in, keep their faces to themselves, their feet on the floor and teeth behind closed lips. If they will maintain those simple respect things, then we can go for long, exploratory rides, get groomed and all the scritchy spots scritched, get fed the odd treat every now and then and they'll have a great home for life, if they're my personal riding horse.

If they can't maintain respect and keep feet and teeth to themselves, they get reprimanded on a sliding scale that starts fairly benign and ends up with a good whacking or kick. If they persist, they get sold.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 10:23 AM
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Great article.
I get after my step-father all the time for this. He lets the ponies (haffie crosses) run back and forth from the pasture to the barn. When I have to pony sit while they are on vacation I end up with crazy animals. The older one reared and almost dislocated my shoulder when I was leading him to the pasture.
Yup I handed that boy his butt on a platter. He has yet attempted to pull that again with me.
I will be dam if a 1000+ lbs animal is going to bully and walk all over me.
My horses will lead out of the gate turn and wait for me while I relatch it even the baby. No need for disrespectful animals.
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post #10 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 11:07 AM
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It would be interesting by what various individuals mean by spoiling a horse. To me, I think of spoiled fruit that no one wants. That is the real meaning of spoiled.
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