Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: New Orleans, La
I personally do not like the whole "laying a horse down" as it causes way more problems than it "fixes". It is one of the worst quick fixes to bully a horse into submission and obedience. Sure, it gives you a consistent horse but one who is shut down and robotic, which, once the "force" is removed, well, then the real problems begin. Every single hole in that horse's education comes glaring once the "learned helplessness" is removed. I work with OTTBs and OTSTBs plus gaited horses and I have never laid one down, even the "crazies".
It takes way more time to build a horse a foundation rather than just bully the horse into submission, and the "30 Day Cowboy" can't take the time to get you a willing partner who can think. Instead, you get a 30 day horse who was forced with into compliance, I do not trust horses trained in this manner as they will explode on you at some point.
Nope, remove your horse before even more damage is done, both physically and mentally.