Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
It was stated earlier in the thread that the rider was attempting a method that actually works quite well, just making a huge mess of it. Could someone please explain to me the method as it should be performed and what the goal is? I am COMPLETELY ignorant about reining so have no idea lol.
I don't think the video was outright abuse, as in beating the horse with a 2 x 4 or snubbing its nose to a post for days with no food or water. It IS rough IMO, if I were EVER that heavy handed I'm pretty sure my instructor would have jerked me off the horse and spanked my a**, lol. I was taught to strive for very subtle cues, almost invisible communication with my horse, which since I know nothing about reining could be the ultimate goal here too, and the rider is just absolutely abysmal lol.
I am not going to bash any discipline, hell I ride gaited horses and we ALL know how rough some people are on gaited horses. What I am gonna bash is someone that climbed in the saddle and got in over their head when they obviously weren't ready. This is a perfect example of why anyone that wants to compete in a discipline like this NEEDS to have a firm grip on basic equitation and then find a trainer to teach them the proper way to progress in their chosen sport.