Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Abusive horse training?

I discovered this video through a blog I just started reading, Fugly Horse of the Day. The trainer in the video is attempting to cure a horse of a chronic bucking problem.

It seems to me that a horse bucks because of one of three reasons: They don't trust people, they are in pain or have experienced pain under saddle, or they have figured out that it works. What exactly does tying up a horse's leg and riding him like that do to resolve either of the first two problems? And in fact, if it's a trust issue, you're actually worsening the problem by taking away one of his legs.

And if the problem is the third — that the horse has just figured out that it works — there is no guarantee that even the harshest punishment will resolve it. Horses are smart; they know when they can get away with different things with different people.

What I think this horse needs is to be owned and retrained by someone who is 1) willing to take the time to build a trusting relationship, 2) willing to take precautions to ensure the horse is not in pain under saddle (i.e., vet checks, taking it easy, etc.), and 3) a good enough rider to stay on, or at least get right back on if they get bucked off.

There are obviously many different schools of thought in the horse world, and a lot of variance within each. However, I personally feel that no matter what school of thought you go with, if you don't like and respect horses, they are not going to like or respect you either.



At January 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That's just stupid! I would fell less safe trying to ride a horse with only 3 legs than on a horse that might buck. Who's to say that the 3-legged horse won't fall and land on your when it falls?

And what's to stop the horse from bucking once the rope is removed from it's legs?

How would that rope 'get the bucks out'?

I just don't get it.


At January 19, 2009 at 4:33 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

My thoughts exactly, Lisa. And personally, I think a horse that bucks because he doesn't like or trust humans on his back is only going to be MORE likely to do so after this!


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