We’re just angry about this one (coarse language warning)
We typically try and find humor in every situation, but there’s nothing funny about the following video.
bitch girl in the video is clearly having a problem with her horse. She has also very clearly lost her temper and is taking it out on him. What’s not clear is what she’s actually trying to achieve with her continual spurring and yanking. And if we can’t tell, how do you expect a horse to? This is How NOT To Train/School Your Horse 101.
It doesn’t matter what discipline you’re training for, whether it’s dressage, cutting, polo, harness racing, whatever, there are a few basic principles that remain the same.
Keep it simple and clear. We’ve got no idea what in the hell she’s trying to achieve. Annnnd the horse obviously doesn’t either.
If your horse doesn’t understand, you need to break down the concept into simpler pieces until he gets what you’re asking of him. What she’s doing is the equine equivalent of screaming at someone when they don’t understand the language you’re speaking. (We’ve all met those tourists: “Which way to the washrooms?” *puzzled stare* “WHICH WAY TO THE WASHROOMS?” *puzzled and slightly fearful stare* “WHICH WAY TO THE WASHROOMS?” *other person runs away*) It never works.
We’d like to see how the “rider” would respond to someone trying to get her to do something by hitting and kicking her!
Use a logical progression of aids. This is an extension of the first concept, but deserves its own mention.
Make sure your horse understands each individual aid before using them in conjunction. There’s no point in asking for a turn on the haunches if your horse doesn’t understand flexion or moving away from leg pressure. Once you’re certain they’re clear on the concept, start with the level of pressure you eventually hope to get a response from and then use progressively greater force to get the reaction you want. But asking softly first is key! You will never have a soft horse if you are never a soft rider. Randomly spurring him and hitting his mouth simply teaches him to expect pain when you’re on board, nothing more. Which leads us to…
Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever school in anger. If you can’t keep your temper in check, get off the damn horse.
It’s about making corrections, not punishing him. Punching his neck is not a legitimate aid. And if all you’ve managed to achieve with your “schooling” is to make him fall over, you should probably take a deep breath, calm the hell down and take a different approach – not continue going until you manage to flip him over on top of you. (Actually, if you have caused a horse to fall over, you should probably take a deep breath, calm the hell down, get the fuck off the horse and never ride again.)
We think she deserved exactly what she got (there’s a special place in hell for people like that). The horse? Not so much.