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Date Posted: 12:11:39 10/06/09 Tue
Author: Megan
Subject: Reply to controversial training methods
In reply to: GC 's message, "Controversial Training Methods" on 10:51:22 10/02/09 Fri

>>Hello all. I just wanted to say that yes I have seen
>similar training methods like the ones pictured in
>that article. Some of them are not that uncommon.
>(Although I have NEVER heard of anyone tying a horse's
>head down around their knees. That is just absurd!)
>I have seen the neck sweats, the side check bridles
>(used to lift a horse's head) and it looks like the
>bottom pictures are using an extreme version of
>over-the-shoulder shackles. I will say I've never
>seen anything to that extreme, EVER. That is just
>awful. The horse looks like he's going to take his
>knee to his face!!Here in US it clearly states in the
>USEF rule book that any weighted shoes, basically any
>method of training used to enhance their lift is
>STRICTLY FORBIDDEN and will be penalized severely.
>Apparently in Holland this kind of training is
>allowed.
>
>For the most part I have only seen lesser versions of
>this kind of training used in Morgan barns, again, to
>enhance lift. Sadly the showring has become a
>trotting contest. And as the article states, judges
>aren't helping the situations by continuing to place
>the high stepping horses over the lower more natural
>ones. In my area hunter seat Morgans now have to have
>English pleasure lift to place in the showring. Hunter
>seat used to be a ground-covering gait with little or
>no lift and lots of forward reach. Now it is the
>opposite. I have also seen trainers in the past tying
>a horse's head back with draw reins until they release
>and give to the bit, I have seen weighted bell boots,
>(I am not against this method as it is not harsh) and
>I have seen weighted chains that go around the fetlock
>to enhance lift. Again, this is fairly common in the
>Morgan world but have never heard of any Friesian
>trainers using the method. I do not think the smaller
>aids are harsh like the weighted bell boots and the
>weighted chains. These do not restrict the horse's
>movement rather it encourages them to lift just a
>little higher. I am against the use of shackles,
>over-the-shoulder shackles, tying heads back, draw
>reins, even side check bridles. This does not teach
>the horse anything rather it forces them to move in a
>certain way. Once the aids come off the horse gains no
>knowledge and goes back to moving the way they were
>before only with more rebellious behavior. Same goes
>for the quarter horse people who force their horse's
>heads down with draw reins all winter and then when it
>comes time for show season in the spring and the draw
>reins come off what happens....they throw their heads
>up because they're finally free of the restriction.
>Anyways, I do think those training methods shown in
>that article are appalling but not unheard of. It
>would be interesting to see how many more people have
>seen the same kind of thing. Please write if you
>have. Thanks!
>
>-Megan

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  • training methods -- samantha, 13:21:58 10/25/09 Sun

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