Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Just an observation, if you want to know what someone’s horses are like, meet their dogs.
Our neighbor’s dogs are never disciplined; treats are the answer to everything.
If I walk near the property line all four of them come running over barking like they are going to attack. I can hear the neighbor woman yelling from the back porch, “Kujo, Killer....want a Cookie?” to which they reverse course, often having run onto our property and go receive a treat. Now if the second the dogs went to run off they received a command to sit/stay and then received a treat, they might have some good dogs.
No surprise then, that the younger horse they took on has become a behavior problem for them that they can no longer handle.
Horses may not be dogs, but people are people.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer