Why confused people shouldn’t “train” horses
(And here I’m using the word “train” in the sense that each and every time you work with a horse, you’re training it.)
“More Photo & Video available at http://www.photobucket.com/BRSCarmaq
Extremely FLASHY & Eye Catching gelding. Handsome, tall and lengthy boy with PRESENCE! Lots of leg. Beautiful mover with natural flowing strides. Very comfortable ride.
Well trained hunter with previous Show experience! Eager to please and LOVES to work! Knows lead changes, moves off leg easily. Will take a rider to the top! Always collected and with his beautiful strides would make a great Dressage prospect. Could also go Western Pleasure easily, already demonstrates a beautiful slow collected trot & canter for it! May be a good addition to a lesson program for Intermediate to Advanced riders interested in showing.
Magnificent gelding, Loves attention and has a level head with a cute affectionate little boy personality. Will always greet you at the gate. Very sweet & curious! Great head on his shoulders.
DOUBLE Registered with HAHR and NSHR. Great bloodlines! Saddlebred/Arab cross. Sire is Dream Quest, multi Champion & Dam is proven producer of Show winners.
Needs a home where he has a job and is worked on a regular basis.
Special consideration for Show home!”
There seems to be some confusion here. I have NO CLUE what the lunger is trying to achieve with the lungee. Are those side reins? Draw reins? Long lines? or some perversion of some other training tool? Because to me, and believe me I stared at these photos and videos for quite some time, it looks like the two lines are on either side of the horse, hooked to the surcingle, looped through the bit and then looped through an upper link on the surcingle, bringing the line back to the lunger. Effectively creating some sort of lunging draw reins.
NO! THAT IS WRONG!
First off, when using draw reins while riding, you don’t ride off the damn draw reins, they’re secondary to the reins. They’re a training tool to back up your aids when asking your horse to move forward and remain light on the bit. Typically, draw reins are used under saddle and side reins are used for lunging. And yet, these aren’t draw reins and they definitely are not side reins! Side reins are a set length to provide a (for lack of a better word) wall for your horse to hit – the more your horse pulls the more he creates his own bit pressure, and then when he yields, so do the side reins. They can be a great tool to help your horse engage his topline muscles when not being worked under saddle, provided you’re using them properly. But this is not what we’re seeing here. (For a good overview on the proper usage and purpose of draw and side reins, check out this article on Equisearch.com)
The next option is some type of long line. There are a few different purposes of long lining; ranging from starting a horse to working on collection. Yeah… I don’t see that here either.
Would you like to know why, in my opinion, what the lunger is doing is fundamentally wrong? They’re holding that inside “rein” taught, and yet it is impossible for them to give the horse a steady contact. THAT’S WRONG! When riding, you want your elbow to be elastic, to move with the horse, in order to provide steady communication through contact. I have no idea what the lunger is attempting to communicate but it sure ain’t steady or elastic! And why is that horse’s nose pulled to his chest? Some sort of lunging rollkur? That can’t be right, the horse isn’t tracking up at all,indicating the horse isn’t generating energy from behind (impulsion) nor using its back muscles (topline) properly. Bad, bad and more bad!
In a recent study published on TheHorse.com scientists are questioning the physiological harm purportedly done by rollkur. That’s all well and good. It may be that hyperflexion, when done for short periods of time (3 second rule!) is beneficial. But there’s um, one key difference between achieving rollkur and what this person is doing – rollkur has the leg and body cues of the rider to back it up, whatever this is doesn’t!
And the biggest concern of all? Aside from not knowing what the hell they’re trying to accomplish? SAFETY!!! What happens if that horse spooks or trips? Somehow gets away from the lunger? It may not be as bad as lunging with draw reins, but it sure ain’t foolproof! Which, given who’s lunging the horse, it may just need to be. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I just go too far?
PS. You need more than a slow canter for western pleasure… even I know that! 😉
Posted on March 28, 2012, in Bad Horse Ads, Misc Horsies and tagged Asshat Award, bad ads, draw reins, Horse blog, Hyperflexion, long lines, rollkur, side reins, Snarky Rider. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.