Originally Posted by nrhareiner
I disagree. A horse can be trained not to kick just like it can be trained to do anything.
I'm not disagreeing that a horse can be trained not to kick, I. Too have never had a horse kick out at another horse under saddle...but I would never ride around a warm up pen or show pen assuming that my horse or any other would not revert back to their natural fight or flight instinct if provoked enough. The point I was trying to make was that one has to be aware of what is going on around them at all times, and take action to make sure one's animal is not harmed by another, nor harms another. At the end of the day it is each rider's responsibility to control their mount. And with some of the riding I have seen at local shows I sure would not assume that others have as much control and training as my horse does.
And I just love how folks assume that just because their kid doesn't place first that the judging must be fixed. If your child misses a lead, breaks gate, or gets the pattern wrong and others are placed higher...that is the reason. If everyone performs the pattern correctly then the one who is most correct and presents the best picture will win. If you are consistently placing low in the class then there is a reason, find a trainer and get some lessons.