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post #1 of 19 Old 11-06-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Update on the horse slapper

So many of you were kind enough to post on my thread that I thought I would come back and post an update on what had happened where it would be easy to see. Well, I went straight back and learned to bridle my own horse. He lets me put it right in no trouble, so I really think there was an issue with that girl. I actually talked to the head trainer but he had already fired her. When I asked him about what happened with my horse he said she shouldn't have hit him and had a habit of misreading horses. Apparently the girl is having trouble at home and it was affecting her demeanor with the horses and she had to be let go. He doesn't tolerate that kind of thing at the barn.

As for me, I am having a blast with my horse, and the whole thing made me more confident as an owner. It felt really off, and it turned out I was right, and the advice given here was right on point. Now I'm his protector, and no one touches him without my say so, and he seems much happier now that she is gone.

I've been going in on the days I don't ride to hang out with him, take him to pasture and feed him carrots, and I'm really enjoying his company! He's a doll. Thank you so much for all of the amazing advice, it was dead on! Now he can like a happy horse!
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-06-2015, 09:40 PM
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I do feel sorry for her and whatever issues at home, but trainer did the correct thing. And angry person can really set back the training you have put on a horse. Or worse, really physically hurt them.
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post #3 of 19 Old 11-06-2015, 10:14 PM
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-06-2015, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I do feel sorry for her and whatever issues at home, but trainer did the correct thing. And angry person can really set back the training you have put on a horse. Or worse, really physically hurt them.
I feel very bad for her too, and hope things get better. She is still in touch with the barn owner, as she is young and may in the future be more ready or mature with her emotions. But right now I'm just glad that she won't be hurting the animals. Apparently there was one she even kicked in the nose. :(
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-06-2015, 11:55 PM
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Great update! I think it says good things about your trainer that he had already addressed the issue before you even spoke to him about it. Clearly he wants the horses under his care to be well treated, which is fantastic.

Hopefully things will improve for the girl and she will in the future be ready to spend time with the horses again if she desires.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-07-2015, 12:10 AM
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Thanks for letting us know how that turned out.

R.I.P. JC 5/19/85 - 12/9/14. You made my life better.
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post #7 of 19 Old 11-07-2015, 04:36 AM
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Relieved that the situation was handled without you having to really get involved. As others have said, sad for her but she will have to learn in life when you are doing business, you have to leave your personal problems at home. Hopefully she will learn from this.
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-07-2015, 09:32 AM
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Yes while things like a slap or a bump with a foot (say the horse is grazing and won't pick it's head up) may be appropriate there is a time and place and they should NEVER be done out of anger. Even in your previous post the second situation she just went into looking for a fight. You saw what happened.

Babying a horse doesn't get your anywhere but neither does that sort of behavior. I am glad things worked out, hopefully the girls gets her life sorted but not your problem, I am glad your horse is doing well!
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post #9 of 19 Old 11-07-2015, 10:57 AM
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Thanks for the update. It is unfortunate that this girl has some personal issues, but they should not be brought into a place of business and least of all a stable where her attitude is affecting the horses and novices riders. Glad to hear that it all turned out good and you and your horse are doing well.
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-07-2015, 11:55 AM
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I also feel sorry for her but that's why they say to not go into something with any anger and frustration especially horses.
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