Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
I've been to a lot of reined cow horse shows, rode with some of the trainers, watched them ride horses. I saw them do some correcting, and it wasn't like that video very much.
I havent trained a reining horse, but I have rode a couple, and they're awesome, so I have nothing against reining.
My point is that there are better ways to get the same result, and this isn't one of them. I don't care if it's in the warmup pen at a show, or that he's a rookie.
And I'm not one of those people, "Oooooooh don't hurt the pretty horsey!"
The only time my hands get like that, is when a horse tries to bolt, buck, or run through my hands, and then I will get rough. I've handed out my fair share of attitude adjustments on the ground and in the saddle.
I just don't really like watching what was going on in the video for the sake of winning.
The problem with the show world these days is that there is an obsession with winning, not with having a reliable, comfortable horse. That's why we see 2 and 3 year olds crippled when they get older, because of the pressure to have a big name in futurity season.